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IMF: EU banks threaten stability

WASHINGTON: Unhealthy European banks are the biggest threat to global financial stability, and they need to find fresh capital, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


IMF: Europe still a risk as economy recovers

JOHANNESBURG: Europe should strengthen its financial rescue fund to reduce the risk of renewed global instability as US tax cuts and emerging economies help propel recovery elsewhere, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday.


One mega Islamic bank this year

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara will announce one mega Islamic bank by this year under its plan to issue up to two mega Islamic banking licences.


China orders banks to halt ‘gifts for deposits’

BEIJING: Some Chinese banks have been illicitly offering savers free travel, paying their children's school fees and even finding jobs for relatives to attract deposits, the banking regulator said yesterday.


BoE: UK financial sector in better shape

LONDON: Britain#8217;s financial sector looks in much better shape than it did six months ago, the Bank of England (BoE) said yesterday as it urged banks to take advantage of current funding conditions to shore up their balance sheets.


World economy improving, estimated crisis losses reduced by US$600bil

ISTANBUL, Turkey: Likely losses from the financial crisis in the three years to 2010 have been reduced by $600 billion to $3.4 trillion as the world economy grows faster than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.


Bank of England warns no bank should think that it is so big it cannot fail

LONDON (AP) - The Bank of England warned Friday that Britain's banks are far from getting a clean bill of health despite signs of improvement in the economy and in financial markets - and said that no bank should be too big to fail.


Financial institutions losses could approach US$4.1 trillion

Losses at financial institutions could approach US$4.1 trillion worldwide, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday as it urged countries to take bolder action to bolster banks or risk an even deeper recession.


Global intervention steadying banking system, says BoE

Global intervention should steady the banking system but it will also put big constraints on banks, the Bank of England (BoE) said yesterday, six months after it said it expected confidence to return to financial markets.


IMF: US-based loans and securities losses may hit US$1.4 trillion

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that losses on US-based loans and securities may rise to some US$1.4 trillion-a significant increase from the estimate of US$945 billion in the April 2008 GFSR.