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Unmodified Lending Policy of Austrian Banks

Austrian banks did not change their lending policy in the fourth quarter of 2010, no modifications are expected for the current quarter either.

January 28, 2011

Slight Slowdown of Austria’s Economy

According to the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), economic growth slowed down temporarily at the turn of the year.

January 22, 2011

EU: New Early Warning System Against Financial Market Risks

Two Austrian officials point out the relevance of the new institution, which will particularly benefit Austria.

January 21, 2011

VBI Romania is a Source of Worries for ÖVAG

Volksbank International (VBI) is to be sold by the Austrian Volksbanken Group. The Romanian subsidiary keeps the group from doing so.

December 31, 2010

Nowotny Calls for Consistent Budget Consolidation

The Governor of the OeNB draws balance at the end of the year and gives his outlook on the challenges for 2011

December 30, 2010

Profits Increase for Banks in Austria

The profitability in the first three quarters of 2010 of Austrian banks shows continued strong growth.

December 29, 2010

Voestalpine: Franz Rotter taking over from Claus Raidl

Already on Monday 31st March 2010 the Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG appointed Mr. Franz Rotter to the Management Board of voestalpine AG, with effect from 1st January 2011.

December 27, 2010

OeNB: Recovery of the Financial System in a Persistently Uncertain Environment

The OeNB considers that domestic banks benefit from the positive development in the CEE region. However, uncertainties stay on as before.

December 15, 2010

Extensive Refinancing Needs by Austrian Banks

Due to the maturity of large loan volumes, Austria's banks will need at least € 20bn next year.

December 14, 2010

Nowotny: No Euro-bonds Yet

Although he supports the euro-bonds in principle, the time has not come yet for the Governor of the Austrian National Bank.

December 10, 2010

Austrian National Bank: Credit Shortage Has Been Overcome

The analysis of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, Austrian National Bank) on loan growth shows slowly recovering credit dynamics in Austria.

December 8, 2010

Nowotny Pleads for Euro-Bonds

The governor of the Austrian National Bank, Ewald Nowotny, is for the introduction of euro-bonds. Germany’s resistance is pre-programmed.

December 6, 2010

Triple-A Rating: Treichl vs. Nowotny

The Chairman of the Erste Group is not convinced anymore by Austria's financial policy; the Governor of the National Bank however, still stands on "AAA".

December 3, 2010

Stable Recovery of Austrian Economy

The Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, Austrial National Bank) is assuming a growth of the economy of 1.9% for 2010. Further acceleration is possible for subsequent years.

December 3, 2010

Equity Requirements of Austrian Banks are € 18 billion

Due to the new Basel III regulations, Austrian banks will need a much stronger capital base by 2019. The estimation is € 15 billion to € 18 billion.

December 2, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny Approves of Ireland Protection Measures

The governor of the Austrian National Bank says the decisions on Ireland and the European stability mechanism are positive.

November 29, 2010

Lending Rates of Domestic Banks Significantly Lower Than in the Euro Area

The lending interest rates for private households and businesses have risen recently. But despite this, rates are more advantageous than in other euro-countries.

November 23, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny "During the Crisis, the Euro Acted as a Protection Shield Beyond the Euro Area"

The Governor of the Austrian National Bank, Ewald Nowotny warns to fiscal discipline and talks about economic challenges and opportunities in Europe.

November 15, 2010

Trichet Succession: The Austrian Nowotny Has Chances As Outsider

The European Central Bank (ECB) will appoint a new president in November 2011. The favorites are the German Axel Weber and the Italian Mario Draghi. But Nowotny has outsider chances.

November 5, 2010

Lending Policy of Banks is Stabilized

Results for Austria of the October 2010 credit business survey in the euro area

October 28, 2010

Supervision of Banks: Austria and Russia Intensify Cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding just signed facilitates cooperation in banking supervision between the two countries.

October 18, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny Contradicts the Deutsche Bundesbank

"The ECB should not give up purchasing bonds". Although the bond purchase program of the ECB was not needed in recent weeks, Nowotny wants to go on having it "in reserve”. The German Bundesbank warns of a too late withdrawal.

October 13, 2010

Credit Monitor: Further Decline in Foreign Currency Loans

Such is the development of domestic loans to non-banks in July 2010

October 6, 2010

Austria: Economic Recovery Continues

OeNB economic indicator: After the exceptionally strong economic recovery for the first half year, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) expects sustained high economic dynamics in Austria for the second half year.

October 1, 2010

Export Indicator: The Economy is Expanding

According to the current results of the OeNB export indicator calculated on the basis of trucking mileage performance data of September 2010, the Austrian export economy has also expanded in the two summer months.

September 17, 2010

OeNB: First-time Increase of Banks’ Total Assets Since End of 2008

By the end of June 2010 the unconsolidated total assets of the reporting banks in Austria amounted to 1037.98 billion euro.

September 16, 2010

FMA and OeNB Welcome the Basel III Agreement

The package draws the right lessons from the financial crisis and provides for reasonable transition periods.

September 14, 2010

OeNB: less corporate loans, but more private loans in June

Austrian Central Bank OeNB reported that in June the volume of new loans extended to private households reached the highest level this year, while the value of new corporate loans dropped.

September 1, 2010

Austrian Banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

According to a recent comparative study from the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB), the long-term commitment of Austrian banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) offers good prospects.

August 27, 2010

OeNB stresses its commitment to reform

The Austrian National Bank (OeNB) has announced its continuation of current reform policy, in light of stringent austerity measures announcement. Simultaneously, the OeNB said in a press release that its nationalisation has no impact on its independence

July 19, 2010

Banks threaten with drastic job cuts

Bankers warnings on impact of the stricter financial rules, five to ten thousand jobs are threatened.

July 19, 2010

Nowotny - raising the "retirement age"

Higher life expectancy, rising deficits: Austrians should therefore delay retirement, says National Bank's CEO Nowotny.

July 13, 2010

Local banks in stress test "within normal range"

OeNB Governor criticizes EU Commission: State aid procedure too long - debt reduction, dampening the economy Austria's banks performed within "the normal range, in midfield," the Governor of the Austrian National bank (OeNB) and Governing Council memb

July 13, 2010

EU needs a budget minister

For Austrian National Bank President Raidl, the Euro is a success story, however "the monetary union only functions as a political union "I think the Euro is a success story," said the President of OeNB and the Chairman of Voestalpine Claus Raidl to t

July 1, 2010

Nowotny strongly criticizes the Hungarian bank tax

The Austrian central bank chief Ewald Nowotny has practiced unusually sharp criticism of the Hungarian government, more specifically at the proposed Hungarian bank tax.

June 30, 2010

OeNB - Stress tests discriminate against European banks

The Austrian banks have become more stable compared to the autumn of 2009, as analyzed by the Austrian National Bank. However, "stress tests" could cause lengthy aid procedures in Europe.

June 25, 2010

Publication of the stress tests on Friday

In the second half of July, the results of the stress tests for the 25 leading banks in the community will be published. Previously such reviews, as well as the national results of stress tests for all banks of a country, were kept top secret.

June 23, 2010
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