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UK banks vulnerable to global shock, economist warns

Posted by seumasach on February 15, 2016

“There is still a heck of a gap, as you rightly point out, between 13% and the Vickers commission’s 18%, but the Vickers commission was operating on the assumption that there would not be bail-in-able debt, if I can put it that way, which we now have or shall shortly have.”

This is very interesting – he seems to be suggesting that this time round the creditors and, presumably, the shareholders will take the hit. When the banks go under again, as they inevitably must, they will be “bailed-in” rather than bailed -out following, perhaps,  the template established by Michel Barnier at the European Commision. This implies the end of the City of London as we know. We shall see.

Guardian

14th February, 2016

Britain’s banks are vulnerable to a global financial shock despite efforts to shore up their finances, according to the official who led the inquiry into the safety of UK banks following the 2008 crash.

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