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Graham Bishop is renowned for his vision and the courage to propose radical ideas, yet ground them in a mastery of the technical details of the financial system. He has been referred to as a one-man think tank.
European Commission: His influence at the meeting point of politics, economics and finance has been recognised on many occasions - most recently when the European Commission asked him to study the attitudes of investors toward the euro area sovereign bond markets. In particular, he explored attitudes towards the potential for a “common euro area safe asset”: what characteristics should it possess and whether it would ameliorate any of the concerns expressed about the features of existing bond markets.
Graham's many pro bono activities illuminate and reinforce his Consultancy Services. His deep knowledge of Europe’s financial system is integrated with his understanding of EU economic and budgetary policy-making – whilst set within the necessary framework of democratic accountability.
He was a member of the Commission's Consultative Group on the Impact of the Euro on Capital Markets; of the Commission's Strategy Group on Financial Services; and of the Committee of Independent Experts on the preparation of the changeover to the single currency (1994/5).
This Website, as well as Graham's Consultancy Service, is designed to bring clients the direct insights that flow from Graham’s position as a leading technical analyst of economic and structural developments in the financial markets of Europe.
"Institutional investors and major financial firms now face a huge commercial challenge in Europe. The vision of political integration has entered a critical phase: ...."
"..analysis of obscure bureaucratic manoeuvrings towards fiscal union, labour mobility and tax co-ordination etc. is quite outside the comfort zone of many..."
"It is now entirely foreseeable that governments may make potentially far-reaching changes that would impact the valuation of European financial assets, as well as reforming the nature of the regulations governing key parts of the financial sector’s business".
"..So the consequences of this crisis will be historic – and will reverberate around global financial markets. The stakes for participants in European financial markets could not be higher.."
Consultancy services can take many forms: face-to-face meetings, telephone discussions, written comments, speeches, special articles, customised research projects, etc.
My highlights of the week: Parliament and Council have still not agreed the fine details of the Resilience and Recovery Fund so it is not surprising that Eurogroup shied away from even thinking about a second package – to match the second Covid wave. However, ECOFIN did push forward `more Europe’ against money laundering – giving the Commission guidance on a single rule book and EU-level supervision. CMU got another push as EFAMA called for a Consolidated Tape and – at the intensely technical level – the Commission tabulated corporate law for each state as part of the implementation of CSDR. ESMA gave the FT a `pat on the back’ – rightly – for it works in exposing the Wirecard fraud.
The odds have moved towards a no-deal Brexit after 14 days of “intensive negotiations” failed to bridge the remaining `small gaps’ between the EU and UK. After the tortuous twists and turns, it is hardly surprising that the Institute for Government reported that neither government nor business are fully prepared!
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