RaboResearch - Economic Research

Economic Report

Euro crisis: institutional tug-of-war

The Economic and Monetary Union still lacks a credible crisis mechanism. The current ECB approach provides only a temporary solution. A permanent solution most likely requires muddling through for some time yet.

Economic Report

Retail and investment banking

In this study we analyse the feasibility of Dutch implementation of the British (Vickers) and American (Volcker) proposals for separating retail and investment banking or a ban on proprietary trading, respectively.

Economic Comment

Central banks to the rescue (Macro Comment)

Central banks from around the globe have recently become more active in supporting growth. These actions are very welcome and may offer some hope for battered Western economies.

Special

Sovereign credit ratings

In this paper we will assess the ratings given by Moody's, S&P and Fitch.

Economic Report

Islamic finance: the risks

The Islamic financial sector is one of the fastest-growing segments of the financial industry. This study addresses the challenges faced by the Islamic financial market and the risks and risk management systems of Islamic financial institutions.

Economic Report

Is the credit tap on or off?

Consumers and businesses often need credit for large expenditures. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are highly dependent on banks for financing and continuity in lending is crucially important to them.

Economic Report

Casting more light on shadow banking

Shadow banking has been placed high on this year’s agenda for regulating bodies including the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the European Commission (EC). The risks of the shadow banking system became apparent during the credit crisis.

Economic Comment

Maastricht Treaty turned 20, hooray?

The 20th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty went largely unnoticed due to the euro crisis. Now the officials have come up with stricter fiscal rules to avoid a repeat of this crisis. Only time will tell whether the taken steps are sufficient.

Economic Comment

Is a weaker euro desirable now?

The depreciation of the euro may not result in the much-needed boost to the region’s net exports. However, it is making life difficult for households. The rise in the price of oil to near record highs is adding to eurozone’s economic woes.

Special Dutch version

Worse before it gets better

We have never actually exited the financial crisis. The problem simply shifted from consumers' assets to the banks balance sheets and ultimately landed on governments’ laps, which in Europe are currently attempting to transfer it to a supranational level.

Economic Report Dutch version

Strengthening bank crisis management

Since the credit crisis, regulators and supervisors around the world have been making plans to minimise the likelihood and impact of new banking crises. Strengthening the arrangements for bank crisis management is a part of this.

Economic Report

Cooperative banks in the spotlights

The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. Therefore the European cooperative banks are the focus in this study. What are these banks’ key characteristics? And how are they performing in these turbulent times?