Growing numbers of bankers see increased earnings

European banks are recording the lowest profitability in history but the number of bankers earning more than EUR1m is growing at an unprecedented rate. In 2015, there were more than 5,000 of them, up by 33 per cent compared with the previous year.

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Large banks are getting ready for Brexit

Global banks using London for their operations in Europe are currently facing a huge problem – how to conduct their operations in the European Union when the United Kingdom leaves the community.

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Basel IV at a standstill

The package of prudential reforms for banks, known as Basel IV, is at a standstill due to the strong impact that it could have on the entire sector. The EU fears that the increase in the capital requirements could weaken the lending activity of European banks.

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The repolonization of banks will have to wait

PZU's takeover of Bank Pekao SA could have become a catalyst for a wave of mergers and acquisitions in the Polish banking sector. It seems that this will have to wait until all the problems associated with the CHF denominated mortgages are resolved.

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The EBA promises further reforms of banking regulations

In its strategy for 2017-2020 the EBA will focus on the introduction of a leverage ratio and liquidity, evaluation of the banks' internal models, preparation of recovery plans, convergence of supervisory measures, consumer protection and financial innovation.

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Convenience in banking may come at the cost of security

Market competition, technological innovation, customer comfort and safety – these four headwords summarize the objectives of the EU Directive regulating payment services known as PSD 2.

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Complex regulations for the most difficult bank situations

Poland was one of the last countries in the European Union which introduced the regime of orderly liquidation of banks, known as 'resolution'.

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Europe builds new rules of financing through the market

A year after announcing its plan, the European Commission has promised to accelerate the implementation of the capital markets union project. It is more and more clear that it has no alternative and Brexit may only foster this process.

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Choosing ways to enhance productivity

Europe needs productivity growth, said Hans Peter Lankes, Managing Director for corporate strategy at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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Polish banks are accelerating the restructuring of their networks

A decrease in profitability and an increase in costs caused, among others, by the banking tax mean that the Polish banks are speeding up the restructuring of their networks and employment.

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