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  • 25 Jul 2016
    • Underperformance of active asset managers, new regulation drive increasing outflow to passive funds
      Passive investments constitute roughly one-third of the US mutual fund market today. This share could expand to well above current levels owing to the chronic underperformance of traditional active managers and new regulations favoring low-cost, transparent investment products. The persistent, and now accelerating, flow of assets into lower-fee passive investment products from traditional mutual funds is weakening asset managers’ earnings, a credit negative... Press Release l Full Report
  • 20 Jul 2016
    • Italian banks’ legacy problem loans put Europe's new crisis management framework to the test
      The extended process to resolve €360 billion of problem loans weighing on the Italian banking system may reflect varying interpretations of the Italian government and the European Commission regarding the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD), the pan-European framework to deal with failing banks. The main areas of contention appear to be 'burden-sharing' and whether it is a prerequisite that creditors be bailed in when public monies are injected. The forthcoming European Banking Authority (EBA) stress test of EU banks increases the urgency to find a solution. So far government measures to help banks offload bad debts and improve recoveries have not been enough to significantly reduce the large stock of problem loans... Full Report l Press Release
    • Brexit uncertainty drives UK banking system outlook to negative from stable
      We expect greater uncertainty over the UK's trade relationship with the EU to lead to lower economic growth and credit demand, a modest increase in unemployment, reduced property prices and potentially higher and more volatile wholesale funding costs for British banks. These adverse credit drivers will erode asset quality and profitability metrics in the system and led to our 28 June outlook change to negative from stable…Press Release l Full Report
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