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Financial Services Report United Kingdom 4th Quarter

  • Published: October 2013
  • Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 21 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The UK was a notable casualty of the financial market turmoil of 2007-09, the fallout from which will continue to inhibit economic activity for many years to come. A rapid deterioration in global credit markets at the peak of the financial crisis exposed deep-seated vulnerabilities-highly leveraged balance-sheet expansion, fragile funding structures, poor governance and an excess of high-risk, poor-quality assets-that had been allowed to develop unhindered by an ineffectual regulatory framework during an unsustainable credit boom.

Domestic sentiment has improved since early 2013, as lending conditions across financial markets have improved somewhat in response to central bank intervention. This is likely to support an upturn in mortgage lending in the near term. The fundamentals of the UK economy nevertheless remain weak and the sustainability of the recent upturn is not guaranteed. Uncertainty and volatility are likely to persist owing to a weak and uneven global recovery, excessive private-sector debt, fragile bank balance sheets, risks associated with financial markets' search for short-term yield and tighter regulatory developments. Macroeconomic imbalances and sovereign READ MORE >

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