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  • 29 Sep 2016
    • Japan banking system stable, but negative interest rates will increase higher risk assets
      The outlook over the next 12-18 months is stable, reflecting our expectation that the banks' operating environment, asset risk and liquidity will remain stable, outweighing pressure on domestic profitability from the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy (NIRP). But, we also note that the NIRP has pushed yields on most low risk assets to near-zero or negative, encouraging the banks to realize capital gains on bond holdings, and invest in higher risk domestic and overseas loan assets. Full Report l Press Release
  • 27 Sep 2016
    • UK ring-fencing rules to impact banks' credit fundamentals
      New ring-fencing rules in the United Kingdom (UK) are effective from 2019 and require large UK banking groups with UK-based retail and small business deposits of more than GBP25 billion to segregate these operations into a ring-fenced bank. We expect the standalone credit profiles of the ring-fenced banks to be in line with or stronger than those of the existing bank, and conversely, we expect the standalone credit profiles of the non-ring-fenced banks to be in line with or weaker than those of the existing bank... Full Report
  • 22 Sep 2016
    • Prospects remain robust for Islamic finance despite subdued sukuk issuance
      Growth in the Islamic banking sector continues to broadly outpace that of conventional banks in most systems in which Islamic banks have been established, driven by strong retail demand and proactive government legislation. And while new sukuk issuance volumes in 2016 are expected to remain flat, issuance by sovereigns, banks and corporates in the Gulf should rise in 2017, as regional financing needs increase amid lower oil prices... Press Release l Full Report
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