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Economic Report

Swiss say Nein to Vollgeld

The idea underlying Vollgeld is that of full-reserve banking from the 1930’s. In today’s context its side-effects would likely lead to instability and a deflationary tendency. In the Swiss case, uncertainty would have prevailed in the short-term, followed by a further appreciating Swiss Franc.

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Pan-European Pension Product

A review of the EC proposal for a Pan-European Pension Product (PEPP). We believe a PEPP will be more successful in some countries than others. In the Netherlands we currently see little added benefit for another individual pension product.

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Will Liikanen change the European bank sector

The Liikanen Group recommends that banks engaged in significant high-risk trading activities should be required to integrate these into a separate legal and economic entity within the banking group. How does this affect European banks and customers?

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Bail-in: an alternative to bail-out of banks?

According to a European proposal by the European Commission, bail-in is one of the instruments every EU member state should have at its disposal in order to deal effectively with banking crises. This Special Report discusses bail-in in more detail.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.