Why the IMF is wrong to seek a blanket ban on bank dividends

  • The IMF’s Managing Director has asked global banks to collectively suspend dividends to free up capital for new lending

  • We think this move is counterproductive: the best-run banks will be hardest hit and market oversight will be weakened

  • Other measures could be better: cushioning macro risks, improving the legal framework, capital injections, buying NPLs
May 30th, 2020
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