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  • Dinsdag 9/11/2021
    Dejonckheere

    Report by Frank Lierman, president of the Editorial Committee of Bank- en Financiewezen, of Koen Dejonckheere’s presentation during the Belgian Financial Forum Webinar of 5 October 2021.

     

    Verslag door Frank Lierman, voorzitter redactiecomité van bank- en Financiewezen, van de presentatie van Koen Dejonckheere tijdens het Webinar van Belgisch Financieel Forum op 5 oktober 2021.

  • Dinsdag 9/11/2021
    Van Craeynest

    As they go through a remarkably rapid recovery out of the Covid-crisis, companies are already hitting new barriers to growth, most importantly issues concerning the delivery of inputs and labour market tightness. Especially the latter requires an urgent and structural policy response. Meanwhile the major transitions in our society related to sustainability, digitalization and population ageing offer significant opportunities for companies. To capture these opportunities our capacity to innovate will play a crucial role.

  • Maandag 11/10/2021
    Stijn Baert

    Report by Frank Lierman, president of the Editorial Committee of Bank- en Financiewezen, of the Belgian Financial Forum Webinar given by Stijn Baert, professor at the University of Ghent on 15 of September 2021.

     

    Verslag van de Webinar van prof Stijn Baert van de universiteit Gent voor het Belgisch Financieel Forum op 15 september 2021, opgesteld door Frank Lierman, voorzitter redactiecomité van bank- en Financiewezen.

  • Maandag 11/10/2021
    Geert Jennes

    Though the EU is simultaneously a free trade area, a single market and (for most of its Member States) a currency union, it is still characterized by poor economic integration and significant cultural differences between its Member States. These features argue against the Next Generation EU budget that became a reality last year. This budget implies a significant increase in net fiscal transfers between EU member states, to be financed by joint debt issuance. Given the poor economic integration of the EU, federal fiscal modesty is in order, unless one wants to adopt the Belgian model, with permanent fiscal solidarity between north and south and little prospect of economic convergence.

  • Maandag 11/10/2021
    National Bank of Belgium

    Since the outbreak and global spread of COVID-19, central banks and governments worldwide have provided massive stimulus to the economy. Looking ahead, however, the question rises whether monetary policy by central banks and fiscal policy by governments will be able to respond with the same vigour and effectiveness to future crises, given structurally low interest rates and higher government debt. This article takes a closer look at the different options to build back fiscal buffers. Do countries need forceful consolidation, can countries grow out of debt or should central banks simply cancel the debts? The analysis is two-fold. The first part empirically assesses the potential of some traditional avenues to bring public debt dynamics in Belgium under control. The second part is more conceptual, critically evaluating the rather heterodox proposal of cancelling government debt on the central bank balance sheet.

  • Dinsdag 31/8/2021
    Arnaud Navez

    This article is based on the intervention of Arnaud Navez, CFO of Argafin, during the Belgian Financial Forum Webinar on enterprise financing (June the 8th, 2021).

  • Dinsdag 31/8/2021
    Jean-Pierre di Bartolomeo

    This article is based on the intervention (in the form of an interview) of Jean-Pierre di Bartolomeo, President of the Executive Committee of the SOWALFIN Group, during the Belgian Financial Forum webinar on enterprise financing (June the 8th, 2021).

  • Dinsdag 31/8/2021
    UWE

    On June the 8th 2021, the Belgian Financial Forum and the Union Wallonne des Entreprises co-organised a Webinar on the financing of the Walloon enterprises in the aftermath of the COVID crisis. This article is based on the interventions during this Webinar.

  • Dinsdag 31/8/2021
    Cedric Collaert / Sven Siedlecki

    Belgium hosts a number of significant financial market infrastructures, custodians and critical service providers, some of which also have a systemic relevance internationally. This article aims at providing an overview of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business activity of the Belgian institutions that are relevant for the international post-trade sector: the international central securities depository Euroclear Bank, the global custodian BNY Mellon SA/NV and the financial messaging services provider SWIFT. We compare among others the evolution of the number and value of transactions and the assets under custody in 2020 with the pre-pandemic year 2019 to identify what was the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and whether this was temporary.

  • Dinsdag 31/8/2021
    Francesco Mazzaferro

    Report of the speech given by Francesco Mazzaferro, Head of the ESRB Secretariat, during the Belgian Financial Forum Webinar on May 27, 2021. Prepared by Frank Lierman, Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Revue bancaire et financière/Bank- en Financiewezen

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