The regulation of banks will be tightened again soon, as the implementation of the so-called "Basel IV" framework in the EU is on the agenda. Among other things, banks will then have to reserve more equity capital for positions in derivatives. This will make it more expensive for non-financial companies to use such derivatives to hedge against risks arising from fluctuations in exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices. Deutsches Aktieninstitut estimates for a sample of 16 ...
Deutsches Aktieninstitut comments on the German contingency plans for financial service providers and insurance companies. We welcome that the proposal creates legal certainty for existing contracts at the time of Brexit. The delegation of regulatory power to BaFin creates flexbility. However, the transition period is too short for insurance contracts. Moreover, the contingency plans of KWG should not only cover existing but also new business. In addition, German financial service providers ...
Non-financial companies use OTC derivatives to hedge against currency, interest rate and commodity price risks related to business operations. This position paper summarises why non-financial companies need derivatives that are not centrally cleared or collateralised for this purpose and underlines the necessacity of clearing exemptions. The paper is Deutsches Aktieninstitut's contribution to a consultation of the Financial Stability Board on the recent regulation of derivative markets.
At the start of trilogues on the risk reduction package Deutsches Aktieninsitut encourages co-legislators to agree an the amendment put forward by both the European Parliament and the Council to the so-called supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP). The amendment limit the discretion of supervisory authorities to countervail exemptions from formal own funds requirements through the back door - such as the credit valuation risks (CVA risks) exemption for derivatives with ...
Deutsches Aktieninstitut urges the EU Commission to reflect consequently the needs of companies seeking capital market finance and using derivates for risk management purposes in the Capital Markets Union. The current direction of the Capital Market Union still fails to meet this objective. This position paper has been contributed to the mid term review of the Capital Market Union project.
The Basel Committee on Banking Regulation suggests to constrain the use of internal model approaches by banks for calculatng credit risks. For example, banks shall be forced to apply the standardised approach only for large non-financial companies. From Deutsches Aktieninstitut's point of view the proposal discriminates against highly solvent large companies. Accordingly, this position paper urges the Basel Committee to evaluate carefully the potential negative impact on the economy.
The Net Stable Funding Ration (NSFR) shall ensure that banks have sufficient midterm funding. This position paper is Deutsches Aktieninstitut's comment to a targeted consultation of the EU Commission on the implementation of the NSFR in the EU, which will be due in 2018. Deutsches Aktieninstitut urges the EU Commission to evaluate carefully the impact of the NSFR on the availability and prices of derivatives used for hedgings purposes of non-financial companies.
Deutsches Aktieninstitut appreciates the initiative of the EU Commission to determine, how the market for retail financial services can be further opened up, whilst maintaining an adequate level of consumer and investor protection. However, the baseline assumptions of the EU Commission’s Green Paper on “Retail financial services - Better products, more choice, and greater opportunities for consumers and businesses” (COM(2015) 630 final) from December 2015 does not properly reflect the ...
Deutsches Aktieninstitut is concerned that EBA is about to requalify all non-financial companies with centralised treasury or finance activities as shadow banks for regulatory purposes. This will be the outcome of a defintion that EBA proposes for the treatment of credit exposures of banks with the shadow banking sector. The main shortcome of the definition is that internal financial tranactions are not excluded. This position paper summarises Deutsches Aktieninstitut's concerns.
In its comments Deutsches Aktieninstitut supports the European Commission’s initiative on building a Capital Markets Union. Further to the steps proposed by the Commission the demand-side of capital markets should, however, be addressed more precisely. This applies especially to the aspect of corporate finance. In addition, a cumulative impact-assessment of the regulatory initiatives launched in the aftermath of the financial crisis is necessary in order to identify and remove barriers for ...
Deutsches Aktieninstitut on the BaFin draft circular regarding key information documents (in German)
The third position paper of Deutsches Aktieninstitut on the exit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom illustrates based on the examples customs and product authorisations as well as data protection and derivatives, what companies can do to solve the problems arising from Brexit. However, it makes also clear that companies especially in the case of a hard Brexit depend on the involvement of regulators and supervisors and cannot mitigate all problems alone. Without ...
The legal obligation to provide a key information document hinders banks to recommend shares to their retail customers. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Deutsches Aktieninstitut among 1,600 German banks. The Deutsches Aktieninstitut therefore asks for a reform of the existing legislation. Instead of a key information document for every share a key information document for the asset class "shares" should be sufficient.
Kurvenlage - Semi-Annual Report of Deutsches Aktieninstitut, 1st Term 2016 (in German)
Focus: Retirement Planning
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