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Who is using the Bank of England’s funding for lending scheme?

April 14, 2016

Lloyds is revealed as the largest participant in the Bank of England's funding for lending scheme, having drawn nearly half of all funds since the scheme began in 2012. 

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Greek banks stabilise after difficult year

March 29, 2016
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After a difficult year, Greece's four largest lenders are now better capitalised and less dependent on external funding, but bad loans remain a problem.

Canadian banks hit by low oil and gas prices

March 11, 2016
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Large Canadian banks are facing a rise in impaired loans – with the exception of TD Bank – because of the oil and gas slump, with Scotiabank having the largest exposure to the sector and the Bank of Montreal the smallest.

Housing dominates Australian loan books

February 26, 2016
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As banks struggle worldwide, Australian lenders seem a mainstay of stability but they depend heavily on the housing sector.

Additional Tier 1 securities: bringing back the bail-in?

February 24, 2016
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European additional Tier 1 securities have been making the headlines lately, but they are still long way off from a worst-case scenario. 

Bank levy in Poland: in Hungary’s footsteps

February 12, 2016
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Polish lenders are now subject to a bank tax similar to the one introduced by Hungary in 2010. How have Hungarian lenders fared under the highest bank levy in the western world?

Global banks continue to cut jobs

February 2, 2016
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European banks set to implement larger cuts in staff numbers than their peers in the US, although big cuts are expected across the board.

Farewell to the debt valuation adjustment rule

January 26, 2016
Farewell to the debt valuation adjustment rule

The byzantine accounting rule introduced much volatility into the earnings and has finally been repealed by the US Financial Accounting Standards Board.

European banks quicker to cut staff than US lenders

January 14, 2016
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, European banks have shed a significantly higher proportion of their workforce than their counterparts in the US. 

Eurobond issuance soars among EM banks

January 6, 2016
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In emerging markets, bond issuance used to be the preserve of sovereigns, but over the past decade bank activity in the Eurobond markets has ballooned. 

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