Financial News and Views launched

WSBI ESBG

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Brussels, 24 August 2021 - Today, WSBI and ESBG launched the August issue of their flagship publication "Financial News and Views".

Filled with EU-focused content, the publication gives the floor to WSBI President Isidro Fainé, and takes a closer look at the potential of sustainable finance. Social commitment, one of the characteristics of WSBI and ESBG members is also discussed, and more in particular the social taxonomy. ESBG President Helmut Schleweis and various ESBG and WSBI members discuss the challenges and priorities for retail banking post covid. New WSBI-ESBG Managing Director Peter Simon talks about his first months in the job and shares his vision on the future of savings and retail banks.

Printed on an easy-to-read Berliner format, the publication is a quick and easy way to catch up with the current challenges of this important part of the financial sector. A PDF version is available, or you can order your paper copy (printed on 100% recycled paper) by sending an email with your postal address to editors@wsbi-esbg.org. ​

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News & Views magazine: Q3 2020

WSBI ESBG

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The latest WSBI-ESBG News & Views magazine​ looks at cybersecurity during the Covid-19 crisis. The 56-page edition published this week provides expert comment and the latest ESBG position on cybersecurity.

What’s inside:

Responding during uncertain times (​page 3): ​WSBI-ESBG Managing Director Chris De Noose gives insight

​Playing a stabilising role (page 6)​​: ESBG President Helmut Schleweis tells how

ESBG positions 2020 released (page 20)​​: ​​​​Some 30 policy positions explore Covid-19, sustainable finance and more

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News & Views magazine: Q2 2020

WSBI ESBG

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The WSBI-ESBG News & Views magazine​ looks at how people benefit from efforts by savings and retail banks during the Covid-19 crisis. The 56-page edition published this week provides concrete, real-world examples from association members in more than a dozen countries in all regions of the world.

What’s inside:

Taking action means tough decisions, adjustment (Page 3)

Banks adapt, help during Covid-19 (Page 10)

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News & Views magazine: Q1 2020

WSBI ESBG

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Measures taken by WSBI-ESBG members help mitigate effects of Covid-19 on local economies, the Q1 2020 News & Views highlights. They help serve people in communities, supporting households, SMEs and protecting business continuity and ramping up digital channels.

What’s inside:

WSBI statement on Covid-19 
ESBG statement on Covid-19

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News & Views magazine: Q4 2019

WSBI ESBG

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Savings and retail banks are ideally placed to provide the financing to help the world build a sustainable future, the Q4 2019 News & Views highlights.

What’s inside:

ESBG handbook focuses on EU citizens (page 11)
World Savings Day 2019 (pages 7, 38, 46)

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News & Views magazine: Q3 2019

WSBI ESBG

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This edition of WSBI-ESBG News & Views magazine​ looks at supporting local growth and development. The 44-page edition published in October 2019 provides expert comment and the latest ESBG position on helping communities.

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News & Views magazine: Q2 2019

WSBI ESBG

This edition of WSBI-ESBG News & Views magazine​ looks at customer ce​nt​​r​icity. The 44-page edition published in July 2019 provides expert comment and the latest ESBG position driving deeper into customer-centric banking​.


News & Views magazine: Q1 2019

WSBI ESBG

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This edition of WSBI-ESBG News & Views magazine​ gives a recap of the WSBI World Co​ngress. The 44-page edition published in July 2019 provides expert comment and the latest ESBG position on sustainable retail banking, making globalisation inclusive for all.​

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Tackling financial inclusion challenge in classroom

​BRUSSELS, 6 February 2017 – ​​Learning to handle one’s personal finances begins at an early age, according to a joint study released today​ by WSBI and Child and Youth Finance International.

Throughout the world, young people are first exposed to budgeting, spending and saving within their homes, amongst their peers, on the internet and as well in their communities. The classroom is another high-impact path to learn about personal finance. The new joint study points to the success of SchoolBank​, where learning takes place in the classroom in countries around the world. ​

SchoolBank: A global effort

A global effort aimed at boosting financial inclusion of children and young people through the school system, SchoolBank takes an innovative multi-stakeholder approach that includes locally focused banks and educators. To develop the next generation of economic citizens, the approach focuses on school adoption. Teachers play an important part, especially when it comes to Economic Citizenship Education (ECE).

​Through SchoolBanking, children and youth are given a Child & Youth Friendly bank account, oftentimes their first contact with a bank and first vehicle to save money. Along with the account, SchoolBank looks to impart the right education to teach them why and how to save and what their economic rights are.

Study findings: SchoolBank leads to better understanding of financial services

CYFI and WSBI are convinced that SchoolBanking promotes a better understanding and more active use of financial services through the financial education and inclusion of children and young people. The report describes the different models and approaches to SchoolBanking through the long tradition of activities carried out by WSBI members, in the past and present, as well through CYFI’s current work in this area.

Study objectives

Raise awareness and to provide an easily accessible and strong knowledge base, which will inspire and encourage additional financial institutions to become involved in SchoolBank projects around the world; and

​Highlight the role that SchoolBank can play in promoting financial inclusion for children and youth within the broader context of “Full Economic Citizenship” for the next generation, an objective that stands at the very core of the CYFI strategy and activities.

A joint effort of WSBI, its members, and CYFI

Furthermore, this publication forms part of joint activities taking place within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding concluded between CYFI and WSBI in April 2015. WSBI member banks helped greatly. Participating member banks were: German Savings Banks Association via Bildungsmedien (as part of the DSV-Group), Government Savings Bank of Thailand, Malaysia’s Bank Simpanan Nasional, Kenya Post Office Saving Bank and Banco Estado in Chile.

Why its important for policymakers

The study demonstrates to policymakers and stakeholders that SchoolBank is a proven way to inform and educate people at a young age about financial principles that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

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