We interview Hector Chacon
The telecommunications industry will be the protagonist of the next wave of green bond issues in Europe. The green bond market took its first steps in 2007 and since then has bloomed into a full-blown financing alternative. “The green bond issue opportunity may not be as evident for telcos as it was for the utilities that led the first wave of green corporate issues, but it makes all the sense in the world,” says Regina Gil, Head of Debt Capital Markets Europe and Asia at BBVA, in an interview with Expansión.
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.
All eyes were on the possibility yesterday that the European Central Bank (ECB) could make changes in the forward guidance on rate and on a potential announcement of new liquidity measures. And Mario Draghi didn’t disappoint: he answered both questions. He announced that the ECB will keep interest rates on hold until at least the end of this year and another series of auctions of long-term liquidity. BBVA Research has just released an ECB Watch report covering and assessing the measures announced by Draghi.
BBVA and Gestamp have restructured an existing €280 million revolving credit facility, changing the terms so it qualifies as a sustainable operation and increasing the total value to €325 million. With this operation, the multi-national engineering company dedicated to the design, development, and manufacturing of metal components for the automotive industry becomes the first in its sector to be certified by the environmental consulting firm Vigeo-Eiris for closing a financing deal of this kind. BBVA acted as the deal’s sustainability coordinator.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its most recent Consumer Trends Report. Prominent among the conclusions of the report is the fact that mortgages are the retail product that most impact consumers’ finances, whereas more than half of the European population already uses online banking.
The Eurozone finance ministers recently approved the appointment of Ireland’s Central Bank Governor, Philip Lane, as the next chief economist at the European Central Bank (ECB). Alongside the central bank’s president and the members of the Executive Board, which will also see new appointments this year, the chief economist plays a key role on the institution’s Governing Council. According to BBVA Research, this year’s scheduled turnover at the bank, may result in changes to the ECB’s current stance on monetary policy.