Q&A: the Bundesbank’s Andreas Dombret on small banks, big banks and shadow banks

Supervisors are “miles” from being able to monitor shadow banking risks, says financial stability head.

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Andreas Dombret, Bundesbank

Small banks face too great a regulatory burden, big banks are retreating from some businesses, and the volume of shadow banking activity is growing – with regulators "miles away" from being able to monitor the new risks this might create.

That – in a nutshell – is the view of Andreas Dombret, head of the departments of banking and financial supervision and risk control at the Deutsche Bundesbank, on the impact of successive waves of post-crisis regulation.

It might sound a little gloomy, but

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