Markets

Banking regulatory flaws

MADRID | By JP Marín Arrese | Ex-ante coverage of potential non-performing portfolio, plus a thorough scrutiny on banking trading and risk concentration, stands as the only effective way to prevent excessive exposure.


Spanish banking system’s forthcoming woes

MADRID | By JP Marín Arrese | The Bank of Spain tough line on refinancing is likely to force extra new provisioning. Especially in entities where that practice was developed with little precautionary measures. 




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21st Century Glass-Steagall gives Wall Street the shivers

NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | An American bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced on Thursday a bill for the 21st century Glass-Steagall Act, a new version of 1933 banking act that put a wall between investment banking and insured deposits. Aimed to protect the American taxpayers, this aggressive piece of law would reduce the size of US bigger banks, minimizing the possibility of a government bailout like in 2008. Wall street has a new headache.


China, free fall?

Iris Mir | By mid-June the National Audit Office of China released a report unexpectedly detailing the debts of 36 local governments. It unveiled the chilling figure of 3.3 trillion dollar in debt, by the end of 2012. A 13% higher than in 2010. Furthermore, the lack of stimulus investment plans is fuelling scepticism among those who expected the Asian dragon to keep the world economy afloat. Mostly because the priority for China now is to reorient its model of growth with ambitious programs like the new Co2 emissions exchange.



Ibex 35 companies ready for foreign investors

MADRID | By Carlos Díaz Guell | The days of over-protection and unflinching pride are a thing of the past. At this stage, the curtains have been lifted for good in Spain. Corporations with a good level of international exposure, sound cash generation, proven growth and sustainable sales cannot escape the net of foreign investors.



Is Mario Draghi bothered?

MADRID | By Luis Arroyo | Monetary policies are a by-product of politics, after all, and in Europe, politics are tightly controlled from Berlin, which will probably use the Fed’s reaction as example of what the ECB must do.