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Banking Outlook. June 2017

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In the first quarter of 2017 the banking system posted net income of €3,514 million, the highest quarterly figure since 2009. Operating items followed the trend of the past few quarters, with revenues down slightly and costs well under control.

Geographies:Global
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1.Trends and developments in the Spanish banking sector

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New lending to SMEs and households (excluding mortgage loans) picked up in the first five months of 2017, in spite of which loan outstandings continued their downward trend. The NPL rate fell below 9% for the first time since 2012.

Geographies:Global


2.Portuguese banks in melancholy mood

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Portugal’s banks still have a reasonable liquidity position, but their dependence on external ratings is worrying. Their solvency is limited in terms of CET1, although they are above the European average when measured by the leverage ratio.

Geographies:Global


3.Have European banks become more retail on the wake of the crisis?

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In early 2017, retail banking activities represented 30% of EU banks’ balance sheet due to the fact that the crisis triggered an increase in the orientation of banks towards their core banking activities. Driven by market forces and new regulation, retail deposits expanded from 22% of the balance sheet to almost 30%.

Geographies:Global


4.Net interest revenue and efficiency: the impact of the crisis on EU countries

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On the wake of the financial crisis, European banks undertook an important restructuring effort. This process was steered by the reaction of investors and public authorities, which adopted new regulation and implemented an accommodative monetary policy.

Geographies:Global


5.The impact of European banking consolidation on loan prices

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The crisis has made obvious the fragility of some aspects of EMU, like financial fragmentation and the need of banking consolidation. Banks have merged due to the vulnerability of some players or in order to improve the profitability/efficiency of the sector.

Geographies:Global





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