Billions of euros of public funds were invested in systemically important institutions in order to sustain them at the height of the crisis. This was deemed an absolute one-off bail-out and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) introduced a proposal to end ‘too-big-to-fail’. Does this proposal effectively protect the tax payer or are we simply paying the burden in advance?
While Basel III may restore the health of the financial markets and the banking industry in the long run, it will also have an impact on the real economy and business in the mean time. The economic impact of Basel III is often mentioned, but seldom analyzed in detail. This article assesses the potential impact of Basel III on companies and outlines some options that corporate treasurers and bankers can explore in order to minimize the effects.
The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), as a subset of the ISO 20022 XML standard, promised companies standardization and effi ciency across the eurozone and non-euro countries that have accepted the SEPA standard (e.g. Denmark and Switzerland). SEPA adoption however falls far behind expectations. Shifted priorities due to the 2008 credit crisis and the fact that some popular local payment products have been kept outside the SEPA scheme are often cited as the culprits.