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Higher capital requirements, bail-in and resolution funds are shown to substantially limit potential government contingent liabilities stemming from failures in the European banking sector. Losses are being shifted from taxpayers to bank creditors and, while this is desirable, they do not disappear. Several challenges in implementing bail-in remain and further efforts are necessary to make them work effectively in practice.
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Earlier OECD research has shown that capital flow management measures that are used as macro-prudential measures, including currency-based restrictions applied to banks’ operations also with non-residents, have the intended negative impact on capital account openness as measured by covered interest parity indicators. But what is their impact as macro-prudential tools to improve resilience to financial stability risks?
The survey monitors and compares the investment behaviour, asset levels, and performances of the largest institutional investors in each region or country covered and analyses in greater depth the general trends observed at a national level.
Amsterdam, 20-21 April 2016: This symposium addressed the challenges of financial resilience throughout life and the importance of financial education.
Financial literacy is an essential life skill. From the cost of education to healthcare, people are confronted with complex, difficult financial decisions: how much and how to borrow, how to save and invest, or which kind of insurance to buy. To address these challenges, we all need to develop the skills to be financially resilient.
The OECD project on cyber risk insurance has been launched to better understand cyber risk and insurance, and how cyber security and financial protection against losses from cyber attacks could be improved as the market develops.
The OECD invited public comment on an update of the Recommendation of the Council on Disaster Risk Financing Strategies between 15 January-15 April 2016. The consultation is now closed.
It is crucial that G20 countries collectively strive to resist financial protectionism and to keep financial markets open. Worryingly, OECD data suggest a sustained rise in capital flows measures since 2008, across emerging markets as well as some advanced economies.
The publication Revenue Statistics in Africa is jointly undertaken by the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the OECD Development Centre, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). It compiles comparable tax revenue and non-tax revenue statistics for eight countries in Africa: Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The model is the OECD Revenue Statistics database which is a fundamental reference, backed by a well-established methodology, for OECD member countries. Extending the OECD methodology to African countries enables comparisons about tax levels and tax structures on a consistent basis, both among African economies and with OECD, Latin American, Caribbean and Asian economies.
We actually need to balance two objectives. On the one hand, we should collectively strive to keep financial markets open. On the other hand, governments need an actionable toolbox of policy instruments to deal with capital flow volatility.