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Profitability of the sector is under pressure of high funding costs which continues to be partially offset by fees & commission income. Credit growth will be subdued due to regulationary caps in the very short term.

In the latest report on financial stability in the eurozone, the European Central Bank (ECB) analyzes the main vulnerabilities and risks, warns about the uncertainty in the macroeconomic and financial environment and its impact on the different economic agents.

The large volume of impairments which exceeds pre-provision income in several countries makes half of the banking sectors unprofitable in 2013 (Slovenian, Cypriot, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Irish and Austrian). Some of these impairments are e…

This paper analyzes empirically what explains the low profitability of Chinese banks for the period 1997-2004. We find that better capitalized banks tend to be more profitable.