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Postcard from Davos

An EBRD delegation took to the Swiss Alps this week for the traditional World Economic Forum in Davos. An annual get-together of the great and the good, it’s the sort of place where you can’t walk more than 50 yards without spotting a Nobel laureate, a prime minister or another G8 central bank governor.… Read more

Stress testing of banks and policy implications

Recent stress tests, while admittedly not perfect, have proven useful to bring a degree of clarity over banks’ portfolio quality. When backed by credible financing plans, the tests have helped confidence in battered banking sectors. In Europe two major regional exercises are under way: a CEBS-coordinated and nationally-implemented testing of the largest EU-based bank groups, and a regional exercise by the IMF, both with expected results around September.Read more

In defense of foreign banks

‘Banker’ has recently become somewhat of a dirty word and ‘foreign banker’ a most reviled sub-species. Over the last months foreign banks have, amongst other things, been accused of abandoning some of the emerging markets that have contributed so much to their profitability over the last decade.… Read more

BIS data on cross-border flows – a closer look

Authors: Piroska Nagy (-7149) and Stephan Knobloch (-7065), 5 May 2009.

New BIS data for the last quarter of 2008 show that BIS-reporting banks significantly reduced their asset holdings across major regions of the world. While in absolute terms most of the reduction took place in advanced countries, in relative terms, emerging markets were hit harder.Read more

The crisis has changed the EBRD

The debates among the G20 leaders about global architecture and the crisis response of the international institutions may seem abstract and removed from the concerns of most people. But the discussions are very real to those of us working in these institutions as we prepare to meet our key stakeholders at our Annual Meetings on May 15-16 in London.… Read more