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Utilizing AMCs to tackle Eurozone’s legacy non-performing loans

Avgouleas, Emilios and Goodhart, Charles (2017) Utilizing AMCs to tackle Eurozone’s legacy non-performing loans. European Economy: Banks, Regulation, and the Real Sector (1). ISSN 2421-6917

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The recovery of the Eurozone (EZ) economy has made even more pressing the tackling of its debt overhang with the bulk of over 1 trillion Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) concentrated in the more vulnerable economies of the EZ periphery. There is clearly a need to adopt a more radical approach to resolving NPLs than merely augmenting supervisory tools and national legal frameworks. The discussion about the feasibility of country-based or Pan-European Asset Management Companies (AMCs) to tackle legacy NPLs has recently intensified. Yet political objections premised on fears of debt mutualisation, the structural and legal questions surrounding the possible establishment of AMCs, and differing recovery rates and levels of market transparency within the EZ have led to the dismissal of the idea by the European Council. This article discusses the merits and shortcomings of AMCs in tackling NPLs and proposes a comprehensive structure for a Pan-European “bad bank” with virtually ring-fenced country subsidiaries to ensure burden sharing without debt mutualisation. The proposed “bad bank” structure intends to resolve a host of governance, valuation, and transparency problems that would otherwise surround a “bad bank” solution. Also, the proposed scheme is in effective compliance with the EU state aid regime and could lead, if implemented, to the alleviation of the EZ debt overhang to stimulate credit growth.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Financial Markets Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 10:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:33

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