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  • 14 Apr 2014
    • Expect US banks to show anemic fixed-income revenues and a focus on expense control in first-quarter results
      The first-quarter results of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Company highlight the key challenges facing US banks in the current operating environment -- revenue headwinds, low mortgage volumes and weak fixed-income results. We expect these credit-negative trends will repeatedly be seen as US banks report their first quarter earnings this week. Banks will likely be forced to further search out cost savings to defend pre-tax margins in this environment… Full Report
    • Enhanced supplementary leverage ratio for US banks is credit positive, but will pressure capital market earnings
      US bank regulators adopted a final rule establishing enhanced supplementary leverage ratio (SLR) standards for the eight US global systemically important banks. This is credit positive for US banks because the SLR provides a strong backstop to the Basel III risk-based capital measures and limits banks’ ability to leverage up on perceived “low risk” assets that at a later date may result in high unexpected losses. However, the SLR ratio will also reduce client business as banks either reduce or reprice certain exposures, and it is an additional regulatory hurdle negatively affecting already challenged capital market revenue… Full Report
    • German banks' tax deductibility of additional Tier 1 capital is credit positive
      The agreement of the German government and the federal states on the tax deductibility of coupon payments for additional Tier 1 (AT1) contingent capital instruments is credit positive for German banks because it will allow them to issue additional Basel III-compliant capital instruments under tax conditions comparable with those of other European countries. An increasing amount of AT1 capital would provide an additional buffer to senior bondholders and allow banks to replace legacy hybrid capital that will be gradually de-recognised under Basel III… Full Report
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