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Bank of Greece’s plan to reduce non-performing loans by €40billion

The Bank of Greece is reportedly drafting a plan to reduce non-performing loans of Greek systemic banks by 40 billion euros. The plan will be included in a Financial Stability report to be released by the end of the week, reports Athens news agency amna on Tuesday citing sources. The …

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Greek banks to close down 800 branches, cut 8,000 personnel

Greek systemic banks are forced to cut 8,000 personnel and close down 800 branches across the country. The Single Supervisory Mechanism of the European Central Bank keeps reminding the Greek banks that they have to proceed with drastic cut of operational cost and thus as soon as possible. It was …

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Eurobank to buy Piraeus bank subsidiary in Bulgaria

Greek bank Eurobank Ergasias said on November 7 that it reached an agreement to buy the Bulgarian subsidiary of fellow Greek lender Piraeus Bank for 75 million euro. The acquisition would be done by Eurobank’s Bulgarian unit, Postbank, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject …

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Greece prepares a Bad Bank for red loans worth €20billion

The Greek government is working on the creation of an Asset Protection Scheme (APS), Finance Ministry officials confirmed late on Thursday. The APS scheme, a bad bank that is, aims to help local banks to get rid of their bad loans totaling 20 billion euros. The idea was submitted by …

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“Speculative moves behind stock market pressure,” says Greece’s Gov’t

“Speculative moves” are behind the pressure on the Athens Stock Exchange and the Greek banks, the government said late on Wednesday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted an extraordinary meeting with top government officials around economy and financial issues after the dramatic session in the Athens Stock Exchange on  what media …

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Athens Stocks Exchange under pressure, Greek banks in sell off

The Athens Stock Exchange is currently under pressure, as banking stocks are under a strong sell off, with Piraeus Bank to be even moving within the limit down, Greek media report short after 12 o’ clock noon on Wednesday. In particular, the General Index recorded losses of 3.45% at 657.66 …

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Greek banks to lose cheap borrowing after ECB revokes waiver

The European Central Bank announced on Friday it will restrict Greek banks’ access to its cheapest funding operations as from August 21, when the country exits the bailout program. The ECB will revoke a so-called ‘waiver’ which allowed Greek banks to post junk-rated government bonds as collateral in regular funding …

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EIB and HSBC partner for trade finance of SMEs in Greece

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has partnered with HSBC to provide a wholesale facility for trade finance to Greece’s SMEs.  The €134m (£118m) package will be channelled to SMEs by the National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank. EIB, HSBC, Citibank and Commerzbank will provide credit guarantees. Other banks are …

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IMF and ECB reach compromise on Greek banks, traders in ASE smile

The International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank reached a compromise on the Greek banks: the ECB will accelerate stress tests, the IMF will give up its demand for full asset quality review (AQR). The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it sees no financial stability concerns in …

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Fitch upgrades mortgage-covered bond programmes of 3 Greek banks

Fitch Ratings announced an upgrade of four Greek mortgage-covered bonds programmes issued by Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘, as follows: – Alpha’s covered bonds upgraded to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘; Stable Outlook – NBG’s covered bonds Programme I (NBG I) upgraded to ‘B’ …

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ECB Draghi had no right to close Greece’s banks

The decision of the European Central Bank to freeze the emergency liquidity in summer 2015 and force the Greek government to close the countries bank was possibly not legal. This is stated in the Italian daily Il Manifesto that quotes Fabio de Masi, member of German Die Linke in the …

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“Bank run” under Capital Controls: Greeks withdraw €2.5bn in 45 days

Delays in the talks between Greece and its lenders have brought back the ghost of Grexit.  The grave disagreement between the International Monetary Fund and the European lenders, Grexit bombshell flying around and Greece’s reluctance to accept additional austerity measures have increase uncertainty among citizens – for one more time. …

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S&P upgrades Greece’s four systemic banks

Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s upgraded Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank to CCC+ from SD (selective default), with a stable outlook. The upgrade came after a further relaxation of capital controls in Greece from the beginning of the month, daily Kathimerini reported. “We view …

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BoG appoints Pricewater &Co with Liquidation of €9bn Assets in non-performing loans

Appointment of a Special Liquidator for all the credit and financial institutions under special liquidation The Bank of Greece, in implementation of a relevant provision of Law 4336/2015 and by virtue of Credit and Insurance Committee Decision No. 182/1/4.4.2016, has appointed PQH Single Special Liquidation S.A. as Special Liquidator for …

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Draghi’s awkward memory moment: Not the role of ECB to use its monetary policy to force governments to reform

It is a working psychological survival strategy: one creates a bubble, gets in and lives comfortable and nicely till the end of the days. When the bubble is drawn with bright colors, the protection is almost perfect – especially when these bubbles are institutions like the European Central Bank. Too …

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