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Brexit gives $228bn boost to balance sheets of Irish banks

  Bloomberg The balance sheets of Ireland’s biggest banks have risen by two thirds since the Brexit vote, the latest data to demonstrate how Europe’s financial landscape is shifting following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Banks in Ireland regulated by the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) saw their balance sheets increase from 300 billion euros ($342 billion) in ...

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Credit Suisse ousts its chairman after quarantine probe

  Bloomberg Credit Suisse Group AG’s Chairman Antonio Horta-Osorio resigned after just nine months in the role, following a series of missteps including reported breaches of Swiss and UK quarantine rules that eroded confidence in his leadership. His departure follows an investigation commissioned by the board, Zurich-based Credit Suisse said in a statement. The bank named board member Axel P. ...

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Goldman, BofA bankers stranded by Hong Kong’s Covid flight ban

  Bloomberg Executives at banking giants including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp. are struggling to return to Hong Kong after the city banned flights from eight countries, part of an outlier Covid Zero strategy that’s threatening its appeal as financial hub. At least a dozen Hong Kong-based managing directors at banks, also including Morgan Stanley and ...

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Bank of Canada to begin hiking rates next week

  Bloomberg Canadian banks are bringing forward their forecasts for interest rate hikes to as early as next week, amid growing evidence the economy is hitting limits and inflation pressures are rising. Economists at TD Securities and Laurentian Bank said the Bank of Canada will start a hiking cycle at its policy decision on January 26. Bank of Montreal brought ...

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Citigroup plans to exit Mexico retail banking

  Bloomberg Citigroup Inc is planning to exit retail-banking operations in Mexico — where it has its largest branch network in the world — as part of CEO Jane Fraser’s continued push to overhaul the firm’s strategy. The lender will keep its institutional businesses in the country, according to a filing. The exit could ultimately take the form of a ...

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Green push ending 150-year tradition of bank passbooks in Japan

  Bloomberg Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc will start charging new customers for a bank passbook, joining other Japanese lenders that are pushing clients to kick the 150-year-old habit for the sake of the environment. The country’s largest bank will require new clients to pay 550 yen ($4.83) a year for a passbook, encouraging them to embrace digital services, people ...

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JPMorgan falls most since 2020 on plan for big spending hike

  Bloomberg JPMorgan Chase & Co falls the most since 2020 after the company said compensation and other costs jumped in the fourth quarter ahead of an expected surge this year. Expenses in the last three months of 2021 rise 11% from a year earlier, and the firm said to expect them to rise to about $77 billion this year ...

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HDFC Bank’s Q3 profit up 18% on loan growth

  Bloomberg HDFC Bank Ltd.’s profit rises in the third quarter, beating estimates, helped by loan growth and improved asset quality as consumer demand picked up. Net income stood at INR 103.4 billion rupees ($1.4 billion) rupees for the quarter ending December compared with 87.6 billion rupees a year ago. That beat the average estimate of 101.4 billion rupees by ...

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BOK flags more rate hikes to come over inflation fears

  Bloomberg Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol signalled the likelihood of more interest rate increases to come following the hike, as the central bank clearly put inflation concerns ahead of uncertainties over Covid-19. Even though the key policy rate, now at 1.25%, is back at pre-pandemic levels, Lee said it was at an accommodative level, adding that another hike ...

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Citi to sell Southeast Asian assets in $3.6 billion deal

  Bloomberg Citigroup Inc. agreed to sell consumer-banking businesses in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to United Overseas Bank Ltd. (UOB) for about S$4.9 billion ($3.6 billion) as Chief Executive Officer Jane Fraser continues her push to simplify the New York-based bank. UOB will pay Citigroup a cash consideration for the net assets of the acquired businesses plus a premium ...

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