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Bank of Spain may adopt Euribor Plus index

MADRID | The Corner | The BdE is working on the possibility of establishing a new reference index known as Euribor Plus. The main characteristic would be the form of calculation, which would only take into account prices (interest rates) for transactions instead of reference prices announced by financial institutions.

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Bank of Spain rises growth estimates to 2% by 2015

MADRID | By The Corner | Deputy Governor of Spanish central bank Fernando Restoy said on Friday that the country’s economy will register year-on-year growth rates near 2% at the end of year 2015, according to their last estimates. However, he suggested that “restoring the pre-crisis welfare levels will still take several years.”


Durao Barroso points to Bank of Spain’s “serious mistakes” in supervising crisis

SANTANDER | By Ana Fuentes | European Commission President José Manuel Durao Barroso chose his last days in the job to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Surprising many by his candor, he directly accused the Bank of Spain of making “important mistakes” supervising the financial sector. “It was not the EU nor Ms Merkel who originated the crisis,” he said.

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Bank of Spain makes Sareb blush

MADRID | By Carlos Díaz Güell | The Spanish central lender ordered the national bad bank Sareb’s to assess the 107,000 toxic real estate assets again and 215,000 collaterals on loans that it purchased to the intervened financial entities. This new due dilligence ruined the work of 24 companies such as the property firm Richard Ellis, Clifford Chance’s lawyers and the consulting group KPMG.

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Market chatter: An agreement to soften stress tests conditions for Spanish banks

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | European Banking Association and the Bank of Spain agreed to take into account borrowers’ non-property guarantees to assess the situation of Spanish entities in the upcoming stress tests. Bankinter analysts believe that “such guarantees, which are usually pledging of assets like deposits, shares and/or by consignatures, mean a certainty of collection for banks.” Also,  Amadeus has been one of the most attractive values in the Spanish Ibex 35.

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Spain reaches 0.4% GDP 1Q growth –the fastest rate in 6 years

MADRID | By Julia Pastor | Spain grows slowly but at a firm pace. Bank of Spain estimates that the country’s GDP increased by 0.4% in the first three months of present year against previous quarter when it rose 0.2%. This also means that year-on- year rate climbs by 0.5% reaching positive territory for the first time after nine consecutive quarters falling. After a painful recession, the government was euphoric to announce the biggest leap forward in six years.


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Market chatter: down the road to a banking union and much more

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | In a crucial day for the long-awaited banking union in Europe, market makers also chattered about many other issues, like the Bank of Spain -which has denied it plans to subject Spanish lenders to stress tests this month- achieving less tough criteria for Spanish banks in the upcoming EU stress tests.

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What the Bank of Spain will do next

MADRID | By Ricardo Cantalapiedra | capitalmadridA significant body of proof suggests the disasters in the sector were caused not by the institutions itself, but by their executive members. The Bank of Spain will be charged with supervisory powers.