In recent years, the financial sector has been characterised by an increasing degree of digitalisation and the introduction of numerous new applications, processes or products under the impetus of technological innovations and changed preferences of the consumer. Digital transformation and fintech are concepts that are closely intertwined. They are characterised on the one hand by the entry into the market of new innovative service providers and on the other hand initiatives of existing institutions whereby the organisation, the processes, the service provision and the product range are improved through technological innovations. Fintech and digitalisation have a significant impact on individual banks but also on the sector as a whole. In order to gather a sector-wide insight into the important trends and evolutions regarding fintech and digitalisation in the Belgian financial landscape, the NBB has started an analysis, based on a survey among and discussions with Belgian banks, to solicit general insights into and observations about fintech, views on certain specific business models and technologies, and the concrete fintech strategy followed by Belgian banks. This report summarises the results of that analysis and wishes to contribute to raising awareness about the risks and opportunities of fintech. It also aims to share knowledge about the development of fintech in the Belgian banking sector, and to provide support to institutions in dealing with certain fintech-related challenges, by sharing best practices observed.
On 6 June 2018, CFA Institute hosted a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on the progress of the European Commission’s flagship Capital Markets Union project, which aims to create a single EU-wide market for capital by 2019. Josina Kamerling, Head of Regulatory Outreach EMEA at CFA Institute, reviews the discussion and evaluates the proposed regulation and the challenges and opportunities that accompany it.
This article is composed of excerpts from the 2017 annual report of the National Bank of Belgium (“Report 2017 - Economic and financial developments, NBB, March 2018), the FSAP results and recommendations published by the IMF on 8 March 2018 (“Belgium : Financial System Stability Assessment”, IMF, March 2018) and the press release issued by the NBB at the time (IMF stress tests confirm that Belgian banks and insurance companies are able to withstand severe shocks, NBB, 8 March 2018).
Book Review: Alexandre Lamfalussy Selected Essays. Edited by Ivo Maes, in cooperation with Gyôrgy Szapàry, Magyar Nemzeti Bank / National Bank of Belgium. Published by the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Budapest (2017), 405 p.