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Italian Banks Are Facing A Tricky Recovery Apr 11
Standard & Poors, April 2011
Italian banks are slowly climbing out from one of the deepest recessions in the past half century, when GDP declined a cumulative 6% in 2008-2009. However, they are proceeding over difficult and new terrain, featuring persistently slow domestic economic growth, much higher prices for wholesale funding because of sovereign credit worries in the eurozone, and stricter capital rules in the run-up to Basel III. (Listen to the related podcast titled, "Why Italian Banks Face A Tricky Recovery," dated April 18, 2011.) Capital has not been a major factor supporting the ratings on most banks in Italy, and has been a weakness for a few midsize and large banks. We estimate that our risk-adjusted capital (RAC) ratio for the Italian banks...
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