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Spanish banks: Income quality remains a challenge in 2015


MADRID | March 30, 2015 | By Nuria Álvarez, at Renta 4 | Strong gains to remain challenging in the year ahead as banking environment undergoes sectoral changes.

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Why Greece is asking for 1.2 bln back from the EFSF

ATHENS | March 30, 2015 | By Manos Giakoumis via MacroPolisFollowing the Eurogroup decision on February 20, Greece returned 10.9 billion (European Financial Stability Fund) EFSF bonds at the end of the previous month. That transaction reduced accordingly the country’s debt and the debt to GDP ratio by more than 6 percentage points.

bank recapitalisation and resolution in Greece

TLAC next steps: Quantitative Impact Study

BBVA Research | March 30, 2015 | The TLAC’s public consultation period ended on 2nd February. Now is the time for carrying out a comprehensive Quantitative Impact Study (QIS) to define the optimal calibration of the TLAC. The FSB will assess the potential impacts on financial system, financial stability and the real economy. 

TLAC proposed calendar in 2015
In Europe

Consumer confidence points to brighter times in EMU

The Corner | March 30, 2015 | Consumer confidence in the EMU is set to hit its highest level in eight years, with economic sentiment improving across the currency block. In Spain, inflation figures are expected to remain in negative territory, but with the caveat that lower prices are having positive knock-on effects elsewhere in the economy.

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Alibaba: Shrewd smiles as online bankers test new tech

BEIJING | March 28, 2015 | By Zhang Yuzhe via Caixin | Alibaba is betting on biometrics as the next step for secure online financial transactions and bank account business.

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In Europe

The Confidence Witch

PARIS | March 29, 2015 | By Francesco SaracenoThe confidence fairy seems to have turned into a confidence witch. One more victim of the crisis. But this one will not be missed.


Corporate profits in Europe should grow by 15% – 20% in Q115

The Corner | March 27, 2015 | Investors are still earning profits on Forex and debt markets, which is preventing European stocks from exceeding their maximum levels. “After a 17% rise in less than three months, the market shouldn’t need an excuse to take a break,” analysts at Beka Finance commented.

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