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Hungary: New Threats for Foreign Banks

Hungary´s government is determined to convert foreign exchange loans at the expense of banks again.

September 6, 2013

Austrian Banks Register Growing NPL

The advisory group pwc has issued a new report on the asset quality of Austrian banks. In terms of asset quality, Hungary and Romania are performing worst.

September 5, 2013

Hungarian Government Wants Further FX Debt Reliefs

The government has talks with the Hungarian banking association. In order to de-burden indebted Hungarian households, Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to reach a debt relief plan.

September 4, 2013

Poland: RCB Roadshow with Twelve Listed Austrian Companies

On Wednesday Polish investors will get together with managers of listed Austrian enterprises.

September 3, 2013

EU Approves Hypo Group´s Restructuring Plan

The re-privatization of the Austrian publicly held banking group was approved by the Commission. According to the Commission´s report, Hypo Group´s expansion strategy was highly dangerous.

September 2, 2013

Austrian Banking Sector Burdened Heavily With NPL

In total, non-performing loans held by Austrian banks come at € 150bn. This corresponds to 48% of Austria´s GDP.

September 2, 2013

Hungary: Another Base Rate Cut

Hungary´s National Bank (MNB) has cut the base rate from 4.00% to 3.80%. This is a new record low. Nevertheless, MNB was expected to decide a lower cut.

August 31, 2013

Kapsch: Enormous Problems at Austrian Business Location

President of Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) Georg Kapsch confirms the criticism voiced by President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) Christoph Leitl and several other politicians by the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).

August 28, 2013

Romania: Government Loans Declined 1.2 Percent

Romanian Government loans granted by credit institutions declined by 1.2 percent.

August 27, 2013

Erdogan Considers Leaving U.N.

Turkey´s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan puts pressure on the United Nations. The representation of the Security Council is not balanced, Erdogan criticizes.

August 26, 2013

Russian National Bank Underlines Stability of Ruble

Russian National Bank emphasizes that the Russian ruble will not devalue.

August 24, 2013

Czech Republic: SME Suffer from Credit Crunch

The recession in the Czech Republic is mainly due to the restrictive lending policy of the domestic banking sector.

August 24, 2013

Turkey: Capital Outflow Endangers Economic Stability

The monetary and economic stability is under enormous pressure. Turkey´s National Bank does not have sufficient reserve to support the Turkish lira.

August 24, 2013

CESEE Faces Economic Recovery

According to Moody´s, the economic outlook for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe is positive. Nevertheless, the recovery is still fragile.

August 24, 2013

Romania: Good Prospects for Economic Upturn

In Romania, the inflation forecast for 2013 and for 2014 has been lowered to 3.1 percent which is 0.1 percent less compared to previous figures.

August 9, 2013

Credit Crunch in CESEE?

The capital outflow in the CESEE region accelerates. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) fears negative consequences for the real economy.

August 7, 2013

UniCredit to Focus on Poland, Turkey and Russia

UniCredit´s CEO pursues a selective growth strategy. The Austrian subsidiary recorded losses in the retail segment.

August 6, 2013

Arab Partner for RBI?

Karl Sevelda, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International, indicated that an Arab investor may become a shareholder.

August 5, 2013

Croatia: Foreign Currency Loans No Danger for Banks

About 8% of the loan portfolio in Croatia consists of Swiss franc loans. Banks would be able to bear losses.

August 5, 2013

Investors Refrain from Slovenia

Volume and demand from investors remain low on the Slovenian capital market.

August 5, 2013

Eurozone: Household Real Income Increased 0.5 percent

Household saving rate up to 13.1% in the euro area and to 11.0% in the EU27 Household real income per capita increased by 0.5% in the euro area

July 31, 2013

Russia: Stronger Regulations for Market for Consumer Loans

Business with consumer credits have started comparatively late in Russia. Now, the market is supposed to be regulated further.

July 29, 2013

Romania: Privatization as a Potential Driver for Economy

Romania has to privatize more state-owned enterprises to become one of fastest emerging economies in the European Union.

July 29, 2013

Slovenia: Condition of Banking Sector Still Critical

In the first five months, the Slovenian Banking has recorded a net loss of € 117m. Lending goes down substantially.

July 18, 2013

Turkey: Police Force Attacks Protesters At Gezi Again

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems ready for talks with representatives of the demonstrators, who will be received by him on Wednesday. However, earlier he has demonstrated inexorable hardness.

June 11, 2013

Slovenia Hoping for Soon Recovery

Crisis-struck Slovenia intends to make more room financially by starting to privatize its state-owned banks. Experts regard the process to be carried out too slowly.

May 21, 2013

„Slovenia Can Manage On Its Own“

In an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier, President of the Slovenian Bankers Association France Arhar stresses that Slovenia is not the new Cyprus.

April 29, 2013

Austria: KA Finanz Not Planning On Needing More State Funds

After last week’s S&P report said KA Finanz was prone to needing further state funding, the rating agency apologized to the banking institute.

April 23, 2013

IMF Warns Eurozone of Ongoing Risks to Economic Stability

The International Monetary Fund has warned the Eurozone in a Global Financial Stability Report, urging for a reforming zeal and restructuring of weak banks.

April 17, 2013

Hungary: Economic Growth Only in 2014

The MNB, the National Bank of Hungary estimates economic growth to further stagnate in 2013 but forcasts positive devolopments for the next year.

March 29, 2013

Lithuania: Increase in Non-Cash Payments

Significant increase in non-cash payments creates a premise for banks to review their fees

March 29, 2013

Croatia: Sluggish Economic Recovery

The improvement in the financing conditions in international financial markets in the second half of 2012 mitigated the risks to Croatias financial stability to an extent.

March 25, 2013

VBAG to Sell Malta Affiliate

VBAG is going to sell its small Malta subsidiary in the course of the EU downsizing program which the banking institute has commited to.

March 23, 2013

Good Year for Austrian Banks in 2012

The consolidated financial statements after tax and minority shares increased from € 711m to € 2.97bn.

March 20, 2013

VBAG is Forced to Continue Radical Downsizing Measures

The partly nationalized and financially stricken Austrian banking group has to implement a painful restructuring concept. At the moment, VBAG sells its properties.

March 15, 2013

Orban Wants to Strengthen Hungarian Banks

According to Hungary´s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the high share of foreign banks is “unhealthy”.

March 13, 2013

Hungary: OTP’s Profits Lower Than Expected for Q4

OTP said it had to recover from losses from previous year. Income in the core domestic business fell 17 % to HUF 94.6 bn in 2012. Still, net profits are up 46 %.

March 8, 2013

Austria: Less Money in Foreign Currency Credits

The volume of foreign currency loans has decreased further at the end of 2012.

March 7, 2013

Poland: NBP Cuts Interest Rate to Record Low

The council of fiscal policy has cut interests rate down to 3.25 % which is the lowest since Poland’s democratic turnaround in 1989.

March 6, 2013

Austrian Construction Group Alpine Rescued

For the time being, Alpine´s bankruptcy could be prevented. The creditors agreed on a partial waiver.

March 4, 2013

Hungary: Matolcsy Becomes New Central Bank Governor

Prime Minister Orbán nominated the former National Economy Minister as the new governor of the MNB (National Bank of Hungary). Experts are concerned about the stability of the Forinth.

March 1, 2013

Ukraine and EU Signed Memorandum of Understanding and Loan Agreement

Memorandum for the stability of Ukraine’s finance and economy was signed on the EU-Ukraine Summit.

February 27, 2013

Romania Tapped Again External Markets

In February, Romania borrowed USD 1.5bn in a 10-year Eurobond. Demand for debt papers was strong, Raiffeisen Research says.

February 22, 2013

“No further tightening of corporate credit conditions”

The Hungarian National Bank has today published the results of its latest lending survey. The survey conducted in January 2013 found that credit conditions for non-financial corporations had not been tightened further.

February 22, 2013

Romania: Key Rate to Remain Unchanged

“In line with our expectations and market consensus, the central bank remained on hold at its latest monetary policy meeting (5 February)”, Raiffeisen Research reports.

February 21, 2013

Ukrainian Banking Sector Recovers

According to Raiffeisen Research, the important of foreign banks in the Ukraine is decreasing. Due a decrease in provisions, the profitability of the banking sector goes up.

February 21, 2013

Assets Become More Risky in CESEE Countries

According to S&P, the exposure of Austrian banks in the CESEE region has become more risky.

February 15, 2013

Size of Austrian Bank Aid: € 20bn

Since 2008, the Austrian state has injected more than € 8bn into domestic banks. Guarantees total € 12bn.

February 5, 2013

Slovenia: Non-Performing Loans Still on the Rise

The banking system’s high credit risk increased slightly in the first nine months of the year, but at a slower pace than in 2011.

February 5, 2013

Slovenia´s Banking Industry in Distress

Due to the economic crisis, the lending business goes down. The indebtedness of the real economy remains high. Funding costs are increasing.

February 5, 2013
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