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  • 25 Feb 2015
    • Low contagion risks should contain euro area financial fragmentation
      Our new report on financial fragmentation in the euro area shows a slight rise at the end of last year, mainly accounted for by developments in Greece. However, in the absence of contagion to other peripheral countries, we do not expect a significant rise in fragmentation in the coming months… Press Release l Full Report
    • Outlook for US mortgage insurers remains positive
      The US private mortgage insurers will continue to strengthen their regulatory and economic capital profiles to meet new capital requirements. They will also benefit from a steady decline in new delinquencies and losses on legacy loans, in tandem with rising house prices and employment; housing affordability; growing access to mortgage credit; and rising wages. However, competition could intensify and higher capital requirements could hurt profitability… Press Release l Full Report
  • 19 Feb 2015
    • Low oil prices will increase credit costs for Canadian banks, pose more limited asset quality risk for US regional banks
      An extended slump in oil prices will increase the credit costs of the Canadian banks’ energy-related loans and hurt profitability in 2015, despite positive effects resulting from the depreciation of the Canadian dollar. Revenue from both underwriting and capital markets activities could decline because of potential spending cuts by the banks’ oil and gas clients, and consumer credit costs could rise. In the US, direct energy-sector loans constitute a small portion of regional banks’ portfolios and therefore pose limited credit risk for the sector. Moreover, lower energy costs will be positive for the banks’ operating environment, with a neutral to positive effect on asset quality. But a prolonged oil price slump could lead to more credit risk for a handful of the smaller, more focused lenders... Press Release l Canada l US
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