A safe-haven currency can invite economic trouble. The Swiss central bank is up to the challenge. It started with market intervention and has now introduced a negative overnight rate. The Swiss realise that money is more of a policy tool than a store of value.
The ECB wants to follow its stress test with further harmonisation of European lenders. But as the central bank toys with QE, financial stability may take a back seat. The reform agenda of supervisory chair Danièle Nouy will have to accommodate fears for the area’s growth.
Martin Sorrell says the ad group’s Chairman-designate Roberto Quarta will help its “horizontality.” The word also sums up the partnership aspect of good CEO-chair relations. But given the WPP CEO’s run-ins with investors, Quarta will want to be a degree higher, not on a level.
With the Russian banking system hobbled by sanctions, Raiffeisen, UniCredit and SocGen are well placed to grab market share in commercial lending. The vital factor will be how insulated they are against the current turmoil. Some look better placed to tough it out than others.
New rules and bank scandals boost financial fraud and class-action filings in Britain. Patent combatants flock to German judges. And spats over failed investments clog EU courts. The upshot: a lawsuit boom that may topple America as the world’s business litigation capital.
The country’s constitutional court has shot down the privileges benefitting the heirs of family firms. Bigger companies face a higher burden, but they can cope. The tax code will be fairer and fiscal revenue could be higher – all without harming Germany’s economic backbone.
The list of global banks deemed systemically important has hardly changed since 2011. But membership now comes with ever-larger capital requirements and increased regulatory meddling. In an attempt to escape, some lenders will decide to become smaller or less interconnected.