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Singapore Banking Outlook: Sound Fundamentals Should Offset Weaker Growth Prospects In 2012 Mar 12
Standard & Poors, March 2012
Singapore has been resilient to the upheaval in the international markets so far. But as an open economy, the island nation is exposed to spill over effects from its major global trading partners. Consequently, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes that a slowdown in Europe, sluggish growth in the U.S., and generally cautious business sentiment are likely to translate into weaker exports and temper the growth of Singapore banks. Weaker demand for loans means that Singapore's banks can no longer rely on volume to maintain profitability in 2012. Loan growth will moderate this year, compared with that in 2011, as economic growth decelerates, in our view. Interest margins are also likely to continue to come under pressure as banks compete...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Singapore (Republic of) (Unsolicited Ratings),DBS Bank Ltd.,United Overseas Bank Ltd.,Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. Ltd.
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Singapore (Republic of) (Unsolicited Ratings),DBS Bank Ltd.,United Overseas Bank Ltd.,Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. Ltd.