The net profit of banks after nine months of the year exceeded PLN 11 billion, according to the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF). It is PLN 100 million less than the result after three quarters of the record year 2011. However, this year’s result was generated in different macroeconomic conditions.
“Large banks dictate to their governments what to do, and banks in turn are too strictly steered by regulators, who want to influence banking products, but are not interested in the systemic risk generated by these banks. Functions are confused,” says Józef Wancer, a banker with many years’ experience, currently an advisor to the Board of an advisory company Deloitte. “Europe should follow the US example more closely.”, he adds.
Several days ago, Credit Unions (Polish: SKOK) have been covered by supervision of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA). Within the next three months, Unions’ financial statements will be examined by statutory auditors. Only when the audits are completed, it will be possible to state if the Unions’ assets, or the scale of loans they have granted, are covered by the funds they accumulated to a sufficient extent.
For most banks loans from parent banks are the cheapest form of loan funding. The crisis has dried out that source, however, so banks have to devise new methods to raise the necessary capital – claims Andrzej Topiński, Chief Economist of the Credit Information Bureau.
When Prime Minister Donald Tusk addressed parliament last week he was speaking to a much wider audience than just the deputies sitting in front of him and the national public – key recipients of his message were the analysts whose recommendations guide the decisions of both equity and fixed income foreign investors.
One of the reasons that Poland's economy has managed to survive successive waves of the global economic crisis is that it has a shock absorber in the form of its own currency − which is why support for joining the common currency has waned in recent years both in public opinion and among government leaders.
We are reducing the deficit because financial markets are very sensitive to its level, but we are not joining the euro area. Accordingly, we are losing the “umbrella” of the ECB, a chance for the economy to operate in the exchange rate-free environment and reduce borrowing costs for the government sector, business and households. This situation is bizarre — says Rafał Antczak, a Board Member of Deloitte.
The collapse of Amber Gold has generated a number of calls for liquidating parabanks or bringing them, on a mandatory basis, within the scope of oversight. However, identifying financial institutions that are not subject to supervision exercised by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) with pyramid schemes is a major simplification.