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UK financial sector blueprint centres on fintech and green bonds

November 11, 2020

Post-Brexit plans for financial sector focus on tackling climate change and promoting fintech.

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UK banks prep IT systems for negative rates

November 10, 2020

Lenders must respond by November 12 to Bank of England request on whether in-house tech is ready for below zero rates.

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Spanish banks 'face asset quality slump’ in 2021

November 5, 2020

Government support has mitigated credit risks but impact of Covid-19 second wave likely to ramp up pressure on lenders, says DBRS Morningstar.

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SEB brings Sweden’s first sovereign green bond to market

November 2, 2020

Landmark transaction is latest in illustrious track record in green bonds for Swedish bank. 

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Credit options widen for the UK's embattled SMEs

November 2, 2020

Covid-19 has hit many smaller UK firms hard, but wider sources of credit and new dispute resolution mechanisms may provide a silver lining.

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Workable ‘consolidated tape’ vital to EU capital markets union hopes

October 28, 2020

Establishing near real-time record of trade prices key to making pan-European project viable, says top European Commission official.

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Moody’s downgrades UK banks as pandemic bites

October 23, 2020

Negative impact on creditworthiness will increase in proportion to severity and duration of crisis, says rating agency.

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‘Failure to enact solutions’ holding back Capital Markets Union

October 20, 2020

EU authorities urged to focus on investor outcomes as part of review into stalled progress of pan-European capital markets project.

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Western banks brace for loan loss surge

October 19, 2020

Write-offs at big banks in the UK, the US and Australia are expected to rise as government stimulus expires, according to Moody’s.

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Open banking UK rollout gathers pace

October 15, 2020

Government-backed initiative to allow registered third-party providers access to consumers’ financial data has two million users.

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