S&P Downgrades 15 European Banks

Ratings agency Standard & Poors said it has downgraded 15 European banks, including Barclays (BARC.L) Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) and Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), after European lawmakers agreed on a framework that prevents governments from having to bail out troubled banks.

The European Parliament signed off this month on new laws to make it easier – and less costly for taxpayers – to wind down problem banks, after long wrangling over rules for an industry blamed for triggering the worst economic slump in a generation.

S&P said extraordinary government support for these banks would likely diminish as regulators implement the reforms, downgrading them to ‘negative’ from ‘stable.

The banks, many of which are systemically important, also included ABN AMRO, Bank Of Ireland and ING Bank.

“We observe similar powers coming into force in Liechtenstein and Norway, and already in place in Switzerland, which are not EU members,” the ratings agency added.

S&P also raised its ratings on Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) and Argenta Spaarbank ARGSP.UL, while keeping ‘negative’ outlooks on 38 banks and ‘stable’ outlooks on 15 banks. It maintained its CreditWatch rating on five banks, with negative implications.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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