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Moody’s set to downgrade British banks

Moody’s is on the brink of downgrading the credit rating of British banks such as HSBC, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland by up to two notches.

Sky News reports that the move is expected as part of a broader credit downgrade of some of the world’s major banks including JP Morgan and is expected after the close of US markets at 10pm. Lloyds Banking Group may also be affected.

The move is a consequence of the ongoing Eurozone crisis and weak economic performance across the globe.

Moody’s recently downgraded Santander UK by one notch to A2 along with 16 Spanish banks as a result of the Spanish banking crisis and subsequent €100bn bailout.

Any downgrade will impact on the funding costs of major banks which have already been rising due to the Eurozone crisis despite low interest rates and falling Libor.

The government has proposed a funding for lending scheme involving the Bank of England providing cheap loans to banks so they will continue to lend to home buyers and small businesses.

The FT reports today that loans could be provided at a rate as low as 1.2%.


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FSA reveals its latest executive pay and bonuses

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London’s safe-haven stock will run dry

The eurozone crisis has sparked an influx of Europeans investing in prime central London residential property, according to recent press comments. Greeks and Italians are hedging against the euro and economic collapse, while France’s newly elected president Francois Hollande’s taxes are sending the French fleeing to South Kensington.


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  • vkmo 22nd June 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My Fair Lady lyrics: “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” = “The drain in sPAIN makes my investments go on wane”