A contentious issue for the completion of the euro zone’s Banking Union is the home sovereign debt that EU banks hold in amounts larger than needed to satisfy regulatory requirements, ostensibly to stabilize financial markets in a crisis. According to policy expert Daniel Gros, this practice could increase the chances of a bank’s distress sweeping through an economy. getAbstract recommends this cogent and erudite analysis to bank officers and regulators for its perceptive take on how to lower bank risk, reduce the prospect of future financial crises and help to finalize the region’s banking integration.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why some European Union advisers contend that domestic banks should own large amounts of their own sovereigns’ bonds,
- How such ownership actually presents greater risk to an economy and
- Why households rather than banks should own government paper.
About the Author
Daniel Gros is the director of the Centre for European Policy Studies.