Current progress in finalizing the Banking Union has been insufficient. There are still a number of elements to be settled, fundamentally resolution, insolvency, and the deposit guarantee scheme. “It will not be easy to reach an agreement on the most important aspects prior to the European elections for parliament, but it is critical to do so as soon as possible to avoid jeopardizing member countries’ commitment to the Banking Union,” maintains José Manuel González-Páramo, BBVA executive board member.
01 Apr 2019
Mario Draghi reiterated this week that the ECB could tentatively delay the planned rate hike until next year. At a conference in Frankfurt, Draghi responded to banks’ concerns by saying negative rates could impact bank profitability, although it “is not an inevitable consequence.” Given these statements, we asked Olga Gouveia, Lead Economist for Financial Systems at BBVA Research, what is the impact of the decision to keep negative interest rates. In her opinion, it is reasonable the precautionary tone of the ECB, provided that there is a planned hike on the horizon.
26 Mar 2019
BBVA Group paid €4.5 billion in worldwide tax on its own business activities in 2018, 10 percent more than in 2017. According to BBVA’s Total Tax Contribution Report, its total contribution (which is the total of the bank’s taxes and those made on behalf of third parties) rose to €9.8 billion. Since 2011 BBVA, in accordance with its commitment to transparency with customers, shareholders, employees, and society as a whole, has voluntarily released its tax information.
20 Mar 2019
On Wednesday, BBVA CEO Onur Genç underscored BBVA’s commitment to continue advancing in the Group’s transformation process. Speaking to a group of international investors, he also emphasized BBVA’s strengths —both globally and by business area— in markets like Mexico and Turkey.
11 Mar 2019
For the second time within a month, GOBankingRates has recognized BBVA Compass, this time highlighting its second chance checking account as one of the top in the U.S. The list includes 16 banks across the country, with BBVA Compass being the second largest bank recognized in terms of assets and branch count.
08 Mar 2019
Onur Genç this week visited three of BBVA’s units in South America, in his capacity as BBVA Group CEO. His first stop was Bogotá, where he held a series of meetings with the teams of BBVA in Colombia, which is led by Country Manager, Óscar Cabrera. The CEO stressed the franchise’s continued market share growth, with a 2 percent increase in seven years, to 10.25 percent. “A bank is only as good as its people. Congratulations on your achievements,” he said.
04 Feb 2019
10 Jan 2019
Several initiatives were launched in 2018 that will lead to new legislative developments – primarily related to the implementation of the Basel framework and the completion of two major European projects: the Banking Union and the Capital Markets Union. These are some of the regulatory trends for 2019 that BBVA Research principal economist María Victoria Santillana explores in an op-ed published in the newspaper, Expansión.
03 Jan 2019
21 Dec 2018
07 Dec 2018
Already a leader in housing loans and cards, Garanti Bank became Turkey’s largest private bank in 2018 in all individual product groups by rising to the leading position in individual loans and time deposits. According to the results of the third quarter of the year, Garanti ranked top as the preferred private bank in terms of time deposits after individual loans. The efforts in the retail banking sector have contributed significantly to the successful performance of Garanti Bank in the third quarter.
28 Nov 2018
A bill recently presented by Mexican Senator Ricardo Monreal banning some bank fees has been the topic of debate, creating a space for bankers and the government to discuss the topic. In the article “Are bank fees high in Mexico?” published in the newspaper El Financiero, BBVA Bancomer Chief Economist Carlos Serrano Herrera presents information to keep in mind in order to reach some common ground on the issue.
BBVA’s Group Executive Chairman took part in a seminar organized by Spanish newspaper ABC on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. In this four decades “Spain has become a consolidated democracy and from an economic standpoint, it has made great strides,” said Francisco González. “What has taken place in Spain over the last 40 years has been amazing”
27 Nov 2018
From January 1, BBVA will sit on the Advisory Council to IASB (International Accounting Standards Board), the body responsible for issuing the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). María Ángeles Peláez, BBVA’s Head of Corporate Accounting & Regulatory Reporting, will serve a three-year term representing the bank on the Council.
23 Nov 2018
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) recently published its list of Global Systemically Important Banks, or G-SIB. A BBVA Research paper takes a look at the three key changes in this year’s list compared to the 2017 list: on the one hand, two banks exit the list and one is included, while, two banks have been shifted to a lower bucket.
02 Nov 2018
BBVA has once again excelled in EU-wide bank stress tests thanks to its resilience in the face of potential economic shocks. According to the exercise results, published today, BBVA would reach a fully loaded CET1 capital ratio of 8.80 percent in 2020 under the adverse scenario. The bank would also have the second least negative impact among its peers between the initial ratio in 2017 and the final ratio in 2020 (1.93 percentage points). Among big European banks assessed, BBVA is one of the few banks with the ability to generate an accumulated profit in the three-year period under analysis (2018, 2019, and 2020), under the adverse scenario.
22 Oct 2018
This week, Spanish newspaper El Español will honor Francisco González’s professional career with a Los Leones award. On the occasion of the award, the current BBVA Group Executive Chairman sat down for an interview with the online newspaper to discuss the present and future challenges facing the banking industry at large, and his bank in particular, including his retirement from office, scheduled to take place on December 31, 2018. At BBVA “we’re creating a new bank,” he says. Now the institution customers are more satisfied, more likely to recommend the bank and more loyal.
10 Oct 2018
After obtaining all required authorizations, BBVA closed the transaction that will transfer its real estate business in Spain to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. The deal was announced in November 2017. The closing of the transaction results in the sale of 80 percent of Divarian’s share capital to Cerberus, the company created to transfer the real estate portfolio. BBVA is to retain the remaining 20 percent stake.
27 Sep 2018
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has launched its European banking transparency exercise for 2018. This is the fifth time the European supervisor has carried out this probe of the banks in the euro area. It will reveal its findings of 130 banks covering 900,000 data points in December.
25 Sep 2018
The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) has been scrutinizing EU banks’ business and profitability models since 2016. Among the findings of the review, published in a report, the supervisor shines the spotlight on the factors that undermine bank profitability, as well as the levers that can help boost it, including digitization. However, the report argues that offering digital products is not enough. Banks need to prepare their platforms to migrate from the analogue to the digital world.
24 Sep 2018
Three Texas cities are about to get a dose of high-end items when BBVA Compass brings its Christie’s events to the Lone Star State.
18 Sep 2018
BBVA has issued a €1 billion contingent convertible bond, or CoCo, (Additional Tier 1 or AT1) with a coupon of 5.875 percent, equaling its lowest-ever rate for this type of issue. High demand has allowed it to reduce the coupon by 50 basis points, from the initial 6.375 percent. This is a perpetual instrument (without a specific maturity date) over which the issuer reserves a call option in the fifth year.
31 Aug 2018
Thoughts were shared recently about what potential fintech entrepreneurs should be wary of when first starting out. A particular piece by Forbes outlines key tips from top leaders in the fintech world, including representatives from companies such as Instant Financial, Alpha Vantage and more.
23 Aug 2018
BBVA Compass’ Global Wealth team has a broad array of solutions for consumers who might have a one-size-fits all need. In fact, wealth management is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the bank’s plethora of products in this area of banking.
30 Jul 2018
13 Jul 2018
Fintech news went the way of regulation both on a global and national scale this week. One constant is the rise in funding, which saw a spike in the last quarter.
12 Jul 2018
In 2015, the ECB launched its Bank’s Integrated Reporting Dictionary, or BIRD, a project ultimately intended to organize the data that it gathers from EU financial institutions for its statistical area. This project is part of a broader strategic approach aimed at improving the system that banks and other players use to report statistics to the European supervisor, known as IReF (Integrated Reporting Framework). BIRD is one of the pivotal milestones in the list of achievements by the Statistical area of the ECB. And just as the rest of the organization, BIRD is celebrating its anniversary.
BBVA Colombia has been recognized as the best bank in the country by Euromoney magazine, thanks to the progress made in the digital transformation process that the institution launched a few years ago. Other reasons cited by the publication that merited the award include the expansion of the institution’s digital customer base, its financial results and its solid market position.
BBVA has been recognized in five different categories at the year’s ‘Euromoney Awards for Excellence’. The bank received honors in regional categories like “Latin America’s best transactional bank”, and country categories such as “Mexico’s best bank”, “Mexico’s best investment bank”, and “Colombia’s best bank”. BBVA’s Turkish franchise Garanti was also recognized as “Best bank for sustainable finance.”
11 Jul 2018
Europe included cybersecurity as one of its priorities in the European Council meeting in June. Some 69 percent of European companies lack basic knowledge about their exposure to cyberattacks despite 80 percent of them having suffered some type of cyber-incident in the past year. With this in mind, the European Parliamentary Financial Service Forum (EPFSF) organized in the European Parliament a session for cybersecurity experts to suggest ideas to face the risks in the internet.
06 Jul 2018
With Independence Day settling in during the middle of the week, Fintech news across the country still popped up consistently like 4th of July fireworks.
13 Jun 2018
12 Jun 2018
Picture walking up to a digital banking kiosk, opening up an account, and subsequently receiving your personalized debit card almost immediately. Take a trip to the other side of the world, and you’ll discover that this is now a reality. But is there a place for something like this in the United States?
07 Jun 2018
The new accounting regulation IFRS 9 aims to buttress financial stability against future crises. It obliges financial institutions to more faithfully reflect credit risk and calculate provisions for insolvencies following an expected loss model (versus the previous “incurred loss” model). For a majority of financial institutions, this has resulted in an increase in provisions and the subsequent impact on capital.
31 May 2018
The start of sweet summertime means that the school year for most kids in the United States is drawing to a close. If you’re a parent, you may be thinking about how to say thanks to a special teacher that has been meaningful in your own child’s life. The good news is that there are myriad ways to recognize teachers for the effort, caring and education they’ve provided throughout the school year.
29 May 2018
When your debit or credit card is lost or stolen, it can take time and effort to report it as such – time that you might not have when trying to avoid fraudulent charges. With the BBVA Compass Mobile Banking App you are in control of your financial life, which means you can quickly and easily report your card lost or stolen, directly in the app.
23 May 2018
BBVA considers that it is currently in compliance with the MREL requirement, which today was notified by the Bank of Spain. BBVA also considers the possibility of refinancing the future maturities of senior debt and covered bonds (€6.5 billion through 2020) issuing MREL eligible liabilities. This issuance volume is very manageable.
22 May 2018
The European Commission has initiated a review process of the three European Supervisory Authorities (the European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority), known as the ESAs. BBVA took part in a forum in Brussels that debated the present and future of these organizations, together with regulatory authorities and representatives of the financial industry.
21 May 2018
Having the BBVA Compass Mobile Banking App on your phone is like carrying the bank in your pocket. The many functionalities of the app mean that you are more in control of your financial life, and able to make decisions based on your needs. This is particularly true with the app’s patent-pending Payments and Transfers function.
15 May 2018
Almost nine months after the devastating and historic Hurricane Harvey came through the Texas Gulf Coast, BBVA Compass is reopening the last of its temporarily closed branches with a new design, location and state-of-the-art features.
08 May 2018
The ECB has published a guide in which it explains the unique fintech characteristics it considers when granting licenses.
03 May 2018
Imagine a Spanish SME asking for a loan in Germany; an Italian easily transferring money to Portugal or a French person taking on a mortgage in the Netherlands. All of this forms part of the fledgling European capital markets and banking union. What remains to be done? BBVA is one of the few European banks to address these issues at the joint conference of the European Commission and the European Central bank held today in Frankfurt.
The consultancy Accenture analyzes the inroads made by big tech in the financial sector and identifies five key steps banks need to take to create value in the face of advances made by fintech companies. BBVA’s focus on open banking and transformation in the digital era has been acknowledged by a number of institutions.
30 Apr 2018
BBVA’s results for the first three months of 2018 surpassed market estimates by a wide margin. Banking analysts reacted positively to the results of both the Group and its regional franchises, which outperformed consensus forecasts. On the whole, analyst reports focused on the bank’s revenue strength, cost containment efforts, and impairment losses below expected levels.
23 Apr 2018
20 Apr 2018
In April 2017, BBVA Compass underwent a new chapter, launching a new website with the aim to improve transparency and make its information and services accessible to everyone.
17 Apr 2018
After the recent ratings upgrades announced by S&P, and DBRS, rating agency Moody’s has changed the outlook on its long-term rating for BBVA (Baa1) to positive from stable. In its press release, Moody’s said it favorably views the bank’s capacity to issue bail-in-able debt in order to meet MREL requirements.
13 Apr 2018
Ten years after the crisis broke, has financial stability improved? In the opinion of Ricardo Gómez Barredo, Head of Accounting & Supervisors at BBVA, “clearly, we have come a long way,” but adds “regulation will have to continue to adapt itself to the new demands to ensure a level playing field for everyone”.
12 Apr 2018
Days after the announcement that S&P had upgraded BBVA’s rating, DBRS has upgraded BBVA’s long-term rating to A (high) from A, one notch above the rating for Spain. In its report, the agency stressed BBVA’s diversified international business model, which should continue to support a path of solid results.