The non-banking sector in Europe currently accounts for 54% of total assets versus 42% in 2008. But interestingly, it’s in Germany and Spain, amongst the big countries, where banks maintain their weighting in absolute terms and in relation to their products.
The latest survey carried out by the Bundesbank and BaFin (Germany’s Federal Authority for Financial Supervisión) highlighted a matter which is causing great concern for the “European growth driver”: the “ultra low” official interest rates continue to “strongly weigh” on the smaller German banks.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has finished defining the nature of the stress tests, as well as the scenarios the 51 largest European banks will be subject to in 2016. But given the situation of the Italian and German lenders, after the last stress test, there are more and more people who believe there is a certain amount of complicity going on to hide the real situation of many of the banks in both countries.
MADRID | By Julia Pastor | As the ECB’s crucial examination comes closer, all European entities, from the core to the periphery, have started studying different formulas to show the best capital ratios possible. German banks would imminently issue CoCos, while Italy’s could be about to create a joint bad bank and Spain is to monetize around €40 bn of deferred tax assets. The stress tests’ results will be released at the end of October 2014.