October 25, 2013

Now is not the right time for European banks to make payouts to their shareholders.

Sir, Richard Milne reports “Shareholders press Swedish banks for payouts”, October 25.

According to recent indications from the Basel Committee, banks will have to publish their leverage ratios in January 2015, which means that their un-weighted assets to capital ratios will be seen.

If European bank shareholders only knew how important, for the competitive strength of their banks, it will be to then be able show up strong ratios, in the midst of that market panic that could result from unveiling the scary truths, they would not be asking for any payouts now.