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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

Webinar

GDPR & COVID-19

Zoom Webinar

23 Mar 2020

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

In order to mark the day of the postponed GDPR & Historical Archives Workshop, we would like to invite you to a zoom web lecture.

Join GDPR specialist Arye Schreiber (MyEDPO) during an interactive session on:

Please contact c.hofmann@bankinghistory.org  for details and registration.

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Archival Workshop

Minting History

Financial history at face value

29 Oct 2019

London , United Kingdom

eabh in co-operation with The Rothschild Archive

This  workshop is aimed at minting and financial institutions’ archivists, money museum curators and researchers. The extensive archives of mints are a treasure-trove of information often covering extended periods of time. Yet some of these archival treasures are only accessible to a handful of specialists or remain largely unknown to researchers and the public. This workshop aims to present these materials to a wider audience and make them more accessible to interested researchers and scholars.

Since antiquity, apart from serving as means of payment and store of value, coins also served politically and culturally important functions, representing sovereignty and fashioning identities. Private or public mints, acting in tune with economic development and financial innovation, created coinage that itself is a valuable source of social, political and cultural history.

What is the legacy of these mints’ records? What is their relevance today? Can the use of these records raise public awareness of their relevance for the history of money and finance?What is their research potential? Can they contribute to a wider view on the history of money and payment systems?

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lunch hour

Can Finance Save the Planet?

Climate change and its implications for investors and policy makers

6 May 2019

Frankfurt , Germany

A global youth movement has coalesced in relation to the political lethargy towards climate change. Their force can no longer be ignored by global politics. Yet, what about other actors concerned? How for example does the financial sector influence the climate? Or controversy, how will ongoing environmental changes and political responses affect our money and investments? 

In this talk we would like to take the opportunity to discuss a long-term view on the topic with two pioneering experts in the field.  Amongst others the following questions will be addressed:

What is the rationale for sustainable or ESG (Environmental, Social and Government Investment)?
Do these investments enhance risk-adjusted returns? 
Which is a best practice approach and has ESG investing changed over time?
What are the initiatives of the European Union to promote sustainable finance? Are they going in the right direction? Which are the current political headwinds?
How has central banks’ thinking about climate change developed over time? Which are their current streams of work regarding the topic? 
What are the risks to financial stability emanating from climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy?
How and to what extend does climate change have an impact on the conduct of monetary policy? Or conversely, does monetary policy affect the climate?
Finally, will the financial sector be able to go beyond the role of dealing with the risks and consequences of climate change and be part of a solution? 

All participants are kindly invited to join us and the experts for a free networking lunch following the discussion.

Please register in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Conference

Institutional Investors

The history of professional fund management

26 Oct 2018

United Kingdom

Up to the beginning of the 20th century stocks were primarily owned by wealthy private individuals. Now, 100 years later, institutional investors hold almost twice the amount. The ascent of institutional investors as one of the most powerful players on global financial markets today is a highly relevant yet under researched topic.This conference will ask the question of when, how and why this massive structural shift happened? And which are the consequences for our societies? How can we set policy frameworks today in a way that ensures that these investors will be able to deliver adequate pension payments in the future?

 

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Workshop

Frontiers in financial history

19 Jun 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Together with University Bonn and Erasmus School of Economics eabh held a workshop for new scholars in the field of financial history research. The papers presented at the workshop are available here

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Conference

Social aims of finance

Exploring alternative business forms for durable financial services

15 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

‘The City is too big and socially useless’

said Lord Adair Turner, former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority in 2009.

That legitimacy question has not gone away since, indeed, if anything it appears to grow stronger. This conference explores how financial institutions have tackled it by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.

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Archival Workshop

‘Good’ archives

14 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo and UPIER (Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations

This one-day workshop is designed for financial institutions’ archivists, researchers and potential users. How can archives prepare their collections of information in a way that puts them to their best use?  How do researchers use archive collections? Are there new ways that they can be used by financial institutions themselves as they face challenges of the present and future? How can the historical records be made accessible to and exploited by a wider audience? How can archives help us to reflect on legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role of banks and finance in society?

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Workshop

eabh New Scholar Workshop

13 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

This one day workshop is designed for advanced PhD students and recent postdoctoral researchers (with less than five years from completing their PhD) in banking, financial and monetary history.

Authors of selected manuscripts will have the opportunity to discuss their paper with experienced scholars at the workshop.

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lunch hour

The winner takes it all?

Productivity, innovation & financial markets in the long run

28 May 2018

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Productivity growth has been trending down since the early 1970s in most developed economies, except for a few years around the year 2000. In emerging markets, productivity growth, too, has started to slow significantly around ten years ago. This is a puzzling development, as we see technological innovation taking place at a rapid pace. This moderation in productivity matters: ‘Productivity is a gift for our living standards – perhaps the greatest.’, Andrew Haldane, the BoE Chief Economist, said.

How can we explain this productivity puzzle, which is among the most pressing public policy issues today? And what does it imply for investors?

Can history be a guide? Let’s discuss with two experts.

Presenters:
Peter Gal, Economist at OECD
Stefan Hofrichter, Head of Global Economics at Allianz Global Investors
Moderated by Carmen Hofmann, Secretary General of eabh

Discussion with the audience is planned and all participants are kindly invited to join the discussants for a networking lunch kindly sponsored by Allianz Global Investors GmbH.

Workshop

The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?

10 Nov 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

eabh in cooperation with INFUTURE

The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability.

Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?

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