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  • Tuesday 18/4/2023

    This article summarises the main findings of the most recent joint update report on asset management and non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI) by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) and National Bank of Belgium (NBB), published on 21 December 2022. It is the fourth update of the joint NBB-FSMA report on Asset management and NBFI, formerly referred to as shadow banking, which was submitted to the Minister of Finance and the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG), and subsequently published, in September 2017.

  • Monday 20/2/2023
    Zachary Geraci Samarin

    We provide a brief overview of the impact that the low‑carbon transition is expected to have on financial markets. First, we summarise the latest research on the pricing of transition risks by financial markets and survey the literature on the greenium of stocks and bonds. Second, we examine the most recent regulatory developments relating to green finance at the European and Belgian levels, and briefly discuss the characteristics of the most‑used standards for green bonds. Finally, we turn to developments on the green bond market in Belgium and three neighbouring countries (Germany, France and the Netherlands). In this regard, we shed light on the supply and demand for these instruments, focusing on the issuance of green bonds by governments, financial institutions, and non‑financial corporations, and the uptake of such bonds by various economic agents (households, non‑financial corporations, monetary institutions, pension funds, and others).

  • Friday 1/7/2022

    Basel III is an internationally agreed set of measures developed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in response to the great financial crisis of 2007-09. The measures aim at strengthening the regulation, supervision and risk management of banks. In this contribution Sietse Bracke (NBB) outlines in a non-technical way the major aspects of the finalised Basel III framework – dubbed Basel IV by many. Furthermore, challenges with respect to the implementation in the EU are discussed and it is argued that a timely implementation of a non-watered-down version of the Basel framework is warranted to assure long run soundness of the financial system and robust bank lending in times of crisis.


    Vijftien jaar na de financiële crisis van 2008 kunnen we eindelijk een punt zetten achter de invoering van de Bazelakkoorden. Nu ja, een punt zetten… Het laatste pakket maatregelen moet nog omgezet worden in de EU-wetgeving en daar knelt het schoentje. De Nationale Bank trekt aan de alarmbel: een verwaterde versie van de Bazel IV-afspraken volstaat niet om de financiële stabiliteit te garanderen.

  • Tuesday 15/6/2021
    Book review - Mark Carney

    Book review: “VALUES. Building a Better World for All”/ Mark Carney

    Signal, 2021, ISBN 9780771051555, 608 p.

  • Wednesday 10/3/2021
    Tim Hermans, Filip Caron & Yvan Timmermans

    In October 2020, the Eurosystem central banks published their report on a digital euro. The analyses focus on an electronic form of central bank money that is available for all citizens and companies to make their daily payments. This article aims to discuss the possible future scenarios in which a digital euro would be a viable option to achieve the central banks objectives (fostering price stability, encouraging financial stability, and guaranteeing safe and efficient payment systems) and elaborates on the guiding principles set out by the Eurosystem central banks.

  • Wednesday 19/6/2019

    This is a report of the panel discussion, following the masterclass of Mathias Dewatripont, at the Universiteit Antwerpen, on April 4th, 2019.