BBVA presented its first-quarter results today. CEO Carlos Torres Vila noted that BBVA stands out in this quarter for “its strong capital position, recurring revenue growth, the contribution of emerging markets and lower impairment losses in Spain.” This trend, together with the seasonal effect of the banking business in some places (where activity is lower in the first part of the year) indicates that the results will increase gradually throughout 2016.
The creation of a digital single market across Europe is an exciting prospect for both consumers and businesses. According to the European Commission, it could add €415 billion annually to our economy and bring jobs and better services to the EU. In my role as BBVA’s Chief Development Officer and Head of New Digital Businesses, I passionately believe that the financial services element is fundamental to this vision – and that regulation has an essential role in making it happen.
One of the lessons that the financial crisis of the last few years has taught us is that financial institutions’ capability to generate capital based only on the risk they assume is not sufficient condition for their survival. It is essential to have a magnitude that measures the quality of said capital and its actual capacity to absorb losses. It is in this context that the leverage ratio concept arises, a complementary measure that reinforces the capital requirements regardless of the risk assumed, which can be calculated easily and whose homogeneity allows to compare institutions better.
More clarity in regulatory matters on future loss-absorption standards is needed for financial entities to start issuing new loss absorbing instruments that comply with the new requirements. This was one of the topics addressed during the Eurofi Financial Forum, one of the most prestigious in the European financial sector, which is taking place this week in Amsterdam.
The institution has supported the country’s development with major investments – a reflection of the group’s support for Colombia’s potential.
BBVA CEO Carlos Torres Vila explained this morning that “the customer will be the biggest winner” in the transformation that the banking sector is going through. BBVA is “redefining its value proposal, determined to become a better bank for our customers,” he explained in the 13th Meeting on the Financial Sector, organized by Deloitte together with ABC and Sociedad de Tasación. “We have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of people, helping them manage their finances and meet their lifetime goals”.
Óscar Cabrera has worked for the BBVA Group since 1998 and for the past eight years has been the head of BBVA Colombia. Madrileño by birth and Colombian by adoption, he feels that finally achieving peace is one of the country’s greatest challenges.
BBVA Colombia is 60 years old: six decades dedicated to promote economic growth. We review its history from the livestock fairs, the first office and its growth par with the needs of Colombian people, to become a model of innovation in the financial sector.
It’s been over 20 years since we first landed in Colombia, drawn by the enormous potential of the country, in what after years of hard work has been proven to be a more than successful bet. A bet we stand by and renew every day, a commitment to the millions of Colombians that get up every day to kick-start a country that, without a doubt, is in the spotlight.