Monday, August 8, 2016

ECB, Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), with respect to banks, still pisses out of the pot; and McKinsey keeps mum

The declared supervisory priorities for 2016 of ECB's Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) with respect to banks are: “(i) business model and profitability risk, (ii) credit risk, (iii) capital adequacy, (iv) risk governance and data quality, and (v) liquidity”

As you can see, ECB still does not care one iota about the allocation of bank credit to the real economy. Not one single indication of trying to figure out what should be on banks’ balance sheets and is not.

And as you can see, ECB still thinks that if it only can make banks stay away from what is ex ante perceived as risky, all will be fine and dandy. It has no idea that what caused all bank crises has been, either unexpected events, like currency crises, or excessive exposures to something erroneously perceived ex ante as absolutely safe… never ever what was ex ante perceived as risky.

And leading consulting companies in the world, like McKinsey, play along and don't say a word, probably because they expect to profit hugely from the so inept bank regulators.

As far as consultancies go, bank regulations is the new piñata in town.

You want to know what I am talking about? Serve yourself a good cognac and read this.