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  • 7 Dec 2016
    • US banks will benefit from a solid economy and strong liquidity in 2017
      The outlook for US banks is stable for 2017, underpinned by ongoing improvement in the economy and their strong liquidity. Rated institutions’ capital levels are sound, and they can easily absorb likely loan loss provisions. Interest rates, while rising, will still be low by historical standards in 2017, limiting improvement in banks’ net interest margins and constraining their ability to generate incremental revenue... Full Report
  • 6 Dec 2016
    • Global life insurance sector will continue to contend with low rates and high market volatility in 2017
      Persistently low interest rates, rising financial markets volatility and legislative changes have moved the outlook on the global life insurance sector to negative from stable. Despite the post-US election bump in yields, historically low interest rates continue to depress investment returns and profitability, pushing insurers to take greater asset risks. Elevated geopolitical risks in 2017 are likely to drive financial markets volatility, while multiple legislative changes would disrupt sales. M&A will continue in 2017... Full Report
  • 1 Dec 2016
    • Bank of England stress test highlights overall resilience of largest UK financial institutions, despite legacy tail risk
      The results of the Bank of England's annual stress test of the UK's seven largest banks and building societies, published Wednesday, show that the domestically focused UK banking sector has generally improved resilience to a UK stress scenario. However, these institutions, particularly The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Barclays and Standard Chartered, still exhibit weaknesses in their global exposures, trading books and conduct and litigation risk... Full Report
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