Dominic is a London-based columnist covering investment banking. Prior to Breakingviews, he spent two years at moneydealer ICAP, where he brokered equity derivatives trades between investment banks, high-frequency trading firms and hedge funds. He has more than five years of financial journalism experience, including stints as news editor and investment banking editor at Financial News. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal Europe. Dominic holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Follow Dominic on Twitter @DominicElliott
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Lenders’ capital ratios are higher than previously calculated, the European Banking Authority has said. The watchdog’s technocratic remit makes the error galling. Such confusion could deter investment just as the region’s financial institutions are doing more to deserve it.
Capital levels, profitability and lending rose in the six months to June, the European Banking Authority says. Bad loan ratios are almost double those of U.S. banks, and more EU quantitative easing could be bad for business. Even so, lenders are proving surprisingly healthy.
The Spanish lender has bought 29.5 pct of mobile-only UK player Atom Bank. The 45 mln stg outlay is tiny beside Sabadell’s purchase of TSB. But BBVA joins Woodford Investment, Toscafund and Jon Moulton in backing Atom. Digital banks may find a way to carve out a valuable niche.
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