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Banking Outlook. November 2017

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The results of the system in the first half of the year were marked by the resolution and sale of Banco Popular. The losses of more than €12 billion posted by this bank in the half-year weighed down the accounts of the sector as a whole, which presented total losses of €6.18 billion for the first six months of the year.

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

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The results of the system in the first half of the year were marked by the resolution and sale of Banco Popular. The losses of more than €12 billion posted by this bank in the half-year weighed down the accounts of the sector as a whole, which presented total losses of €6.18 billion for the first six months of the year.

Geographies:Global


2.The Italian banking sector: Improving but from very low levels

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The Italian banking sector was one of the most severely hit by the international economic crisis. Only recently is the system showing the first signs of recovery, but the starting point is so low that Italian banks remain well below the European average in some indicators.

Geographies:Global


3.The likely pro-cyclicality of the IFRS 9 accounting rules

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Following the financial crisis, accounting rules have been reformed with the aim of recognising losses earlier in the cycle. This seeks at enhancing transparency and the effectiveness of market discipline so that market concerns regarding capital adequacy in a crisis are reduced. However, the new accounting rules are not spared of shortcomings.

Geographies:Global


4.European strategy on Non-Performing Loans

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There are several ongoing European initiatives in order to tackle NPLs, like a new priority action in the Capital Markets Union or the Council Action Plan. Policy options are focused on three areas: enhanced supervision, the reform of the insolvency frameworks and the development of secondary markets for NPLs.

Geographies:Global


5.Latin America: The high density of assets strengthens banks’ solvency

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Latin America’s financial systems have a high density of risk-weighted assets (RWAs) as a proportion of total assets, as high as 80% in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Despite Basel III’s not yet having been adopted in several of these countries, the high asset density is a factor bolstering the capitalisation and solvency of these countries’ banks.

Geographies:Global





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