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  • 22 Jun 2016
    • Chinese banks' rising investments in loans and receivables increase system risks
      The surge in investments in loans and receivables by Chinese banks, while supporting earnings and capital generation, raises asset quality, liquidity and interest rate risks. These investments are mostly in trust and asset management schemes established by non-bank financial institutions, as well as wealth management products and bonds. Features of these investments, such as use of ‘pass-through’ channels and credit enhancement, may obscure the extent of banks' exposure to the ultimate borrowers, while lower provisioning and capital requirements reduce the banks' resilience to potential credit shocks... Press Release l Full Report
  • 21 Jun 2016
    • US Federal Reserve stress tests yield stronger bank capital and risk management
      The US Federal Reserve's annual, two-part bank stress tests have spurred the largest US bank holding companies to increase capital cushions and strengthen internal risk management. The Fed will release results of the Dodd-Frank Act stress test (DFAST) on 23 June and the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) on 29 June. We believe CCAR now provides the effective minimum capital for US banks, and that banks' higher capital buffers and more moderate dividend payouts relative to pre-crisis levels are a direct result of the heightened regulatory supervision…Press Release l Full Report
  • 20 Jun 2016
    • Large Canadian banks would weather housing downturn without major losses
      Although increasing household debt and rapidly increasing home prices in Canada demonstrate conditions similar to those in the US leading up to the financial crisis, our stress scenario analysis of the seven largest Canadian banks indicates that they would be able to absorb the direct effects of a severe housing crisis. The probability of a wide-reaching housing and banking downturn in Canada is reduced by important structural differences with US mortgage markets, including explicitly government-guaranteed mortgage insurance, lower rates of subprime lending and lower prevalence of originate-to-distribute securitization practices... Press Release l Full Report
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