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The last weekend of March saw the Spanish Government make the isolation measures in the country more restrictive, bringing a halt to all non-essential activity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities considered essential include those carried out by financial services companies, including banks.
The credit granted by banks remained the main source of funding for the private sector. Financial intermediaries have granted one third of the formal loan portfolio to mortgage loans over the past five years. Portfolio balances mirror patterns of economic activity at the end of 2019.
The Covid-19 pandemic that escalated in the first quarter of this year will have a dramatic impact on the U.S. banking sector. The effects will range from direct and immediate to indirect and long-term that will only emerge in the wake of the crisis.
Last Thursday, a day of panic across markets with plummeting stock markets and investors seeking refuge in low-risk assets, and after the World Health Organization had declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, the ECB strengthened its efforts in terms of monetary stimulus in two ways.
During the month of January, bank deposits remained weak due to the stagnation of economic activity and lower short-term interest rates.
The ECB announced a comprehensive package focused on new liquidity and additional asset purchases measures to support households and firms facing increasing uncertainty.
In January 2020, the nominal annual growth rate of the balance of the current credit portfolio granted by commercial banks to the non-financial private sector was 5.3% (2.0% real). This growth was slightly higher than the previous month (5.1%), but significantly below that recorded in the same month of 2019 (10.0%).
China’s banking sector, particularly small and medium-sized banks, today face a headwind of asset quality deterioration. Revisiting Chinese bank rescues from the early 2000s, we examine how the authorities tackled a severe rise in non-performing loans (NPLs).