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BBA: Lenders must declare forbearance provisions, says BoE

It is crucial that supervisors are made aware of lenders’ provisions for potential losses being masked by forbearance measures, says Paul Tucker, deputy governor at the Bank of England.

Speaking at the British Bankers’ Association conference today, Tucker says it is not always bad for lenders to use forbearance measures, but they need to make provisions for any potential losses and declare these to supervisors.

He says supervisors need this information in order to assess capital adequacy requirements.

Referring to the Bank’s Financial Stability Report published earlier this week, which said forbearance could be masking the true number of mortgage borrowers in arrears, Tucker says the key question that remains unanswered is to what extent lenders are making provisions for forbearance losses.

He says: “It is legitimate for supervisors to take an interest in provision policy because you cannot access capital adequacy requirements without knowing the extent of lenders’ provisions.”


Business development appointment at Brightstar

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Lenders come under FSA fire over fraud

The Financial Services Authority gave lenders a lashing last week over their anti-fraud systems as it published its long-awaited thematic review of lenders’ fraud prevention systems. Lenders were slammed for not engaging with the regulator’s Information From Lenders scheme to report suspected fraud and the idea of making it compulsory was floated. Underwriting teams were […]

Co-op issues second RMBS for £871m

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DB transfer showstoppers

By Jim Grant, Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst Transfers from defined benefit (DB) schemes are a bit of a hot topic just now. In this article we look at a couple of factors that could prevent a transfer from happening Equalisation of pensions Prior to the Barber case in 1990, DB pension schemes typically provided […]


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