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“The ECB is barking up the wrong tree telling the Italian banks to sell their loans. That is not their job. It is their job to say you need to make 12% ROE”

Both tasks suggested by this banker seem equally impossible at this stage, to be honest

“Forget Brexit. The biggest worry for Europe is Basel IV. We’ve given up trying to explain to regulators the potential impact on the real economy. We’re now showing clients the numbers. If banks have to hold two or three times as much capital against structured finance, infrastructure loans and other assets, that obviously increases the cost of borrowing substantially. The biggest risk is that banks simply stop providing those forms of credit altogether”

One European banker sees the break-up of the EU as unimportant

“Journalists are high risk customers. If you give them poor service or tell them you won’t lend them money, you could find yourself in the newspapers. We don’t aspire to be a bank for journalists”

A retail bank CEO explains why he won’t be pitching for Euromoney staffers’ business

“Apparently we’re not issuing a green bond until JPMorgan issues one…”

One fed-up banker explains how the politics of US banking works  

“The fact we’re having to seriously think about it – and talk to clients about it – is depressing enough. That it could actually happen...”

The trail off speaks volumes about one Mexican banker’s views on a US political risk called Trump

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