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

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Easy Monetary Policy

Cure or Curse?

25 Mar 2021

Germany

eabh in cooperation with Allianz Global Investors

Harold James (Princeton University) and Eric Barthalon (Head of Research Allianz SE) will take a long-term perspective on easy monetary policies and their implications.

Post Great Financial Crisis, major central banks have cut rates to, or below zero and have provided unprecedented amounts of liquidity to the system ever since. After first steps to normalise monetary policy, we have seen a renewed round of monetary easing in 2019.  Further, the COVID-19 crisis in 2020 brought back discussions about helicopter money and direct credit to the banking sector.

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50th Anniversary of the Werner Report

A plan by stages for economic and monetary union in Europe

6 Oct 2020

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The 50th Anniversary of the Werner Report

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Werner Report, a four day event analyses the role of Economic and Monetary Union at a time of uncertainty as well as the wider European project. The interdisciplinary approach  draws on historical and archive research and takes into consideration the theoretical debates in the literature and the various methodological challenges.

More information and registration available at: https://wernerreport50.uni.lu/

Organisers

Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)/University of Luxembourg, in cooperation with EUI Florence (The Pierre Werner Chair Programme on Monetary Union), Robert Triffin International (RTI) and the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe (FJME), and with the support of the Robert Schuman Initiative for European Affairs (RSI), the Europe Direct Information Centre at the University of Luxembourg (EDIC), the Banque centrale du Luxembourg (BCL), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), the Bridge Forum-Dialogue (BFD) and the Fondation du Mérite Européen (FME).

 

 

Webinar

Finance & Photography

12 Jun 2020

Zoom Webinar, Germany

In order to mark the day of the postponed workshop on ‘Photography Collections of Financial Companies’, we  would like  to invite you to a zoom webinar.

Adrian Murphy (Europeana) will talk about how organisations can unlock the full potential of their photography collections.

His presentation will focus in particular on different  ways to  engage European audiences in digitised cultural heritage through online editorials, sessions and interactive campaigns, with a focus on the Europeana Migration which began in 2018.

The lecture will be concluded with a case study by Patricia Alonso and Elena Serrano, who will present Banco de España’s photography collection.

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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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Conference

The Development of Financial Markets

20 Jun 2019

St. Petersburg, Russia

PLEASE NOTE this conference has been POSTPONED until further notice!

This conference adopts a longue durée approach to the historical study of the design of financial systems and their related institutions and explores some of the following questions: how should we coordinate financial systems to make them beneficial for society as a whole? Are there identifiable and transferable factors that facilitated growth and development in some economies as compared to others? What components of a financial system are important, and in which periods and under what circumstances? How have different parts of financial systems interacted throughout history? How has the past shaped the role of finance today?

The conference will touch on a variety of big questions pertaining to financial history: What are the key financial factors when it comes to building or rebuilding a nation? What is the ideal role of the state in relation to money and banking? What are the appropriate tasks of government intervention and regulation? Is it more beneficial for overall economic performance to centralise or decentralise power? What is the relationship between the architecture of national financial systems and sovereign risk? What economic, legal and political factors determine development outcomes in the long run? How should we organise financial markets to account for competing factors: domestic protection vs. deregulation; bank-based (financial intermediaries) vs. market-based (financial markets); innovation vs. regulation. And what responsibility should be ascribed to central banks or financial regulators for the success (or failure) of financial systems throughout history?

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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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