We talked a significant amount lately about bank performance ratios and the various sources for this data. I grabbed bank efficiency ratio data from the FDIC Statistics on Depository Institutions for 2016 Q2 and plotted it against the return on equity (ROE). I did remove any banks with efficiency ratios above one hundred because there were some significant outliers. Students will recall this is not my favorite ratio because it is a bit too arbitrary and I think the graph bears this out.
I think the aspect of this I find the most amusing in this article is the suggestion from President Hollande that the penalty would “…[introduce] a risk, doubts, suspicions about the soundness of Europe’s financial system…” This seems to suggest that we do not already have doubts and suspicions about the risks and soundness of the European financial system. You broke the rules, and you pay the price. The move to make companies admit guilt is a new approach, and a welcome one. This forces banks to really address what their policies are and face the consequences.