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The bank of the future

During the past 20 years, mobile services have changed so much in our lives – from ordering a taxi, eating out, or simply the way that we communicate with one another. Relatively speaking, banks have lagged behind this digital progress, but it seems like this is now changing.

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Impact of climate change on financial institutions

After the long-acknowledged fact that global warming has catastrophic consequences, it is also increasingly recognized that climate change will impact the financial industry. The Bank of England is even of the opinion that climate change represents the tragedy of the horizon: “by the time it is clear that climate change is creating risks that we want to reduce, it may already be too late to act” [1]. This article provides a summary of the type of financial risks resulting from climate change, various initiatives within the financial industry relating to the shift towards a low-carbon economy, and an outlook for the assessment of climate change risks in the future.

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Are more complex models always better?

A part of the curriculum of the Econometrics & Mathematical Economics master’s degree given in the VU University Amsterdam is the course Time Series Econometrics. In this course, students are taught how to analyze time series with the aid of ‘state-space models’, on the assumption that observations over time (such as the content of the Nile, for example) are driven by non-observed factors.

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A new standard in the Dutch mortgage market

During the past few years, the Dutch mortgage market has changed. Although their name suggests otherwise, fixed rate mortgages are nowadays anything but fixed.

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The Finance and Risk Integration Challenge for Banks

Today’s financial institutions face a highly structured work culture and a seemingly never-ending barrage of new regulations such as Basel III and accounting standards such as IFRS 17.

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