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....Luc Froehlich, head of investment directing for Asian fixed income at Fidelity International, said China was facing a number of issues: “The downgrade is yet another sign of the challenges faced by China, which is juggling rising leverage, declining economic growth rates and ongoing structural reforms. “Despite these mounting pressures, we are confident that China’s central bank and its regulators are firmly in control of the situation. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The Bank declined to comment on the exchange. It has insisted in the past that it takes online security very seriously but the prank on the nation’s top central banker may raise questions about whether more precautions should be taken. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. US central bank policymakers want to see proof the country's economic slowdown is temporary before they raise interest rates, according to minutes of their latest meeting. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. Since the “Great Recession” of 2007-09, the world’s major central banks have kept short-term interest rates at near-zero levels. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Dollar slips after cautious Fed minutes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 08:05:38 PM
. US central bank policymakers want to see proof the country's economic slowdown is temporary before they raise interest rates, according to minutes of their latest meeting. ...
China's credit rating downgraded amid fears over slowing economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:48:29 PM
....Luc Froehlich, head of investment directing for Asian fixed income at Fidelity International, said China was facing a number of issues: “The downgrade is yet another sign of the challenges faced by China, which is juggling rising leverage, declining economic growth rates and ongoing structural reforms. “Despite these mounting pressures, we are confident that China’s central bank and its regulators are firmly in control of the situation. ...
Bank of England governor falls for email prank but maintains his composure image
....The Bank declined to comment on the exchange. It has insisted in the past that it takes online security very seriously but the prank on the nation’s top central banker may raise questions about whether more precautions should be taken. ...
UK inflation: How could latest figures impact an international property purchase? image
....Until recently it had been expected that the BoE would raise interest rates in order to counter the impact of surging inflation. However, the central bank is currently insisting that it’s prepared to look through higher inflation and leave monetary policy accommodative in order to support other areas of the domestic economy. ...
Global stock markets: what's driving the record rises – and will they continue? image
....Recent strength in the US economy means the Federal Reserve has been happy to start edging up interest rates, and most economists now expect another increase in June. But with some signs of weakness in the first quarter, that may well be the last rise from the US central bank for a while. ...
Living abroad? What does the Bank of England rate decision mean for you? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:49:00 PM
....BoE Governor Mark Carney was questioned about whether the current level of stimulus is required in light of how well the UK has been holding up in the face of Brexit uncertainty. The central bank chief said: “The stimulus isn't excessive, it's appropriate, first point, and that's the judgement of the committee. ...
Bank of England warns Brexit vote will damage living standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:14:34 AM
....But Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the Bank was too optimistic about the UK’s near-term growth prospects. “We expect that inflation will weaken economic activity by more than the central bank is currently predicting, with wage growth likely to remain persistently below price growth over the next few years,” he said. ...
The secret history of inflation, from Black Wednesday to Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 7th of May 2017 05:59:25 AM
.... The general election of 1992 saw the end of the dominance of pro-Europeans in the parliamentary party and the rise of what the beleaguered Major termed the Eurosceptic “bastards”. Meanwhile, after the ERM, the next supposed panacea for British inflation was central bank independence. ...
HSBC chairman Douglas Flint recalls the good, the bad and the scandalous image
.... Shareholder lobby group Manifest reckons only four other directors in the entire FTSE 100 have held a boardroom role for longer. He is now a regular on the international conference speakers circuit, sharing the stage with central bankers and politicians. ...
US jobs growth accelerates in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:37:34 PM
.... . The rebound in the jobs market could pave the way for the US central bank to raise interest rates in June. ...
Federal Reserve: US economic slowdown temporary image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 06:16:48 PM
....7% in the first quarter - the slowest rate since the first quarter of 2014. But the US central bank said it expected growth to pick up again, and decided to keep a key interest rate on hold in a range of 0. ...
As wind, wave and shale power converge, could this be the end for Opec? image
....This will, of course, agitate Germany. Berlin will demand that Draghi starts to withdraw the ECB’s monthly injections of central bank funds – or quantitative easing – which Berlin says is pushing inflation up to intolerable levels. ...
'Fire sale' risk with Bank capital approach, says Vickers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 02:26:12 PM
.... It comes in many forms, but the most common is funding from shareholders, who expect a hefty return on the risk they are taking. Last year, Sir John said the central bank needed to demand a deeper capital buffer from the banks, calling it an "insurance policy" against harder times and deserving "full cover". ...
IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 09:58:15 AM
....He also called for the IMF to step up its surveillance of members' foreign exchange rates. Meanwhile, Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens, who chairs the IMF steering committee, attempted to downplay the significance of omitting the pledge on protectionism, saying it was an "ambiguous" term. ...
Protectionism is rising the world over. Our best defense is fighting inequality | Wally Adeyemo image
.... Addressing inequality and updating the rules of the global economy to reflect the needs of the 21st century must guide the agenda for this week’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank spring meetings. The finance ministers and central bank governors gathered for the spring meetings should focus on new approaches to reduce inequality and increase resilience, not just on new language for press releases and other official statements. ...
The Guardian view on the IMF: a global institution in an age of protection | Editorial image
. After the most difficult decade in its history, life should be looking up for the International Monetary Fund as it hosts the world’s finance ministers and central bankers in Washington DC this week. ...
Brexit’s unpredictable outcome poses risk to global stability, says IMF image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:30:21 PM
....But it expressed concerns about the ability of heavily-indebted US corporations safely to fund higher investment during a period of rising interest rates. It also warned that a tightening of policy from the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, or rising protectionism could add to the vulnerability of exposed firms in the emerging world, raising their debts by between $130 and $230bn. ...
Force India F1 team boss Vijay Mallya arrested in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 12:31:31 PM
....56m), included performances by Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam and Enrique Iglesias, who sang on stage with Mallya. Raghuram Rajan, who was then governor of India’s central bank, said: “If you flaunt your birthday bashes even while owing the system a lot of money, it does seem to suggest to the public that you don’t care. ...
Libor rigging: chancellor urged inquiry into Bank of England allegations image
....The BBC said its investigations added to evidence that the Bank of England had put pressure on commercial banks to push their Libor rates down and that the transcript of the phone conversation at Barclays called into question evidence to the Treasury select committee given in 2012 by the former Barclays boss Bob Diamond and Paul Tucker, former deputy governor of the Bank of England. In 2012, the former senior Barclays executive Jerry del Missier justified his decision to order his staff to manipulate interest rates in 2008 by saying he believed he was acting on the instruction of the central bank. ...
Trump, trade, interest and aid make for a challenging IMF summit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 03:00:05 PM
.... Its co-host, the World Bank, faces similarly daunting challenges to its mission to cut poverty and inequality. As the two bodies prepare to bring together thousands of delegates in Washington, including finance ministers, central bankers and business leaders, we look at five key themes they will discuss. ...
Falling US retail sales cast doubt on further Fed interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 04:34:01 PM
....5%, the lowest rate in a decade. The latest indications that the economy slowed in the opening months of the year will give policymakers at the US central bank more to debate as they decide when to next raise interest rates. ...
Is business starting to get spooked about Donald Trump? | Larry Elliott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:36:22 PM
.... If only. The greenback is strong because the Fed is the one major central bank in the world that is raising borrowing costs, and investors have been assuming that the US central bank will accelerate the pace of interest rate increases in response to a Trump-inspired pick-up in growth. ...
Meet the millennials making big money riding China's bitcoin wave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 06:00:21 AM
....There’s certainly big money to be made in bitcoin, but it comes at a high risk. Bitcoin was designed to be a peer-to-peer currency, free from interference from government and central banks. ...
BBC to air recording that implicates Bank of England in Libor scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 06:45:56 PM
....For the Bank of England, the recording returns unwelcome attention to its role during the Libor scandal after it was forced to deal with allegations about pressure on commercial banks during parliamentary hearings almost five years ago. In 2012, the former senior Barclays executive Jerry del Missier justified his decision to order his staff to manipulate interest rates in 2008 by saying he believed he was acting on the instruction of the central bank. ...
The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 05:49:09 PM
....Greenspan is the link between the original Rand cult and what we might think of as the second age of Rand: the Thatcher-Reagan years, when the laissez-faire, free-market philosophy went from the crankish obsession of rightwing economists to the governing credo of Anglo-American capitalism. Greenspan, appointed as the US’s central banker by Ronald Reagan in 1987, firmly believed that market forces, unimpeded, were the best mechanism for the management and distribution of a society’s resources. ...
The secret recording implicating the Bank of England in Libor rigging image
....A secret recording that implicates the Bank of England in Libor rigging has been uncovered by the BBC. The 2008 recording adds to evidence the central bank repeatedly pressured commercial banks during the financial crisis to push their Libor rates down. ...
Ukraine's central bank chief resigns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 10:46:19 AM
. The governor of Ukraine's central bank, Valeriya Gontareva, has resigned the post after three years, following intense pressure from tycoons whose banks she shut down for conducting illegal transactions and loans. ...
Bank of England implicated in Libor recording image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 08:50:52 AM
....A secret recording that implicates the Bank of England in Libor rigging has been uncovered by the BBC. The 2008 recording adds to evidence the central bank repeatedly pressured commercial banks during the financial crisis to push their Libor rates down. ...
Libor: Bank of England implicated in secret recording image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 11:01:47 PM
.... . The 2008 recording adds to evidence the central bank repeatedly pressured commercial banks during the financial crisis to push their Libor rates down. ...
Greek gloom as economy stalls amid latest bout of EU wrangling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of April 2017 03:00:05 PM
....In the standoff, the Greek economy has shown grave signs of slippage. This year was meant to be a year of recovery – instead, the uncertainty has prompted the central bank to revise its growth projection downwards following the economy’s contraction in the fourth quarter last year. ...
Bank of England orders financial firms to draft Brexit contingency plans image
.... The move follows prime minister Theresa May’s triggering of article 50 last week, formally launching the Brexit process. Bank governor Mark Carney said central banks and financial firms should be planning for “all eventualities” as he used a speech in London to call for an open financial system between the UK and the EU post-Brexit (pdf). ...
Brexit: Bank urges City to 'plan for all eventualities' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 09:19:58 AM
....Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS are among the banks that have said they will move some jobs out of London as a result of Brexit. The UK's central bank wrote to all banks, insurers and other financial firms with branches in the UK which operate in the EU. ...
Trump's trade tactics image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:33:23 PM
....For years China intervened to keep its exchange rate low, which kept the price of its goods down and helped increase the US deficit. But more recently its central bank has kept the currency high - making its exports more expensive - and it is in the US's interest to encourage more of this. ...
Will populist leaders stifle the global recovery – or vice versa? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:32:12 PM
....But will the populist tide surging across the advanced economies drown the accelerating recovery? Or will the recovery stifle leaders who confidently espouse seductively simple solutions to genuinely complex problems?. With the International Monetary Fund/World Bank meetings coming up later this month in Washington, DC, leading central bankers and finance ministers will have ringside seats at Ground Zero. ...
Cost of junk image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 12:52:58 PM
.... . As inflation increases, the central bank, the Reserve Bank, will have to increase interest rates as a counter measure. ...
China's young locked out of Beijing's property market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 08:17:18 AM
....Demand for property in China's top cities is so red hot, some couples are even undergoing fake divorces in order to buy additional homes. China's central bank has tried to clamp down on rising prices but that has done little to allay the woes of young workers who earn low wages. ...
The car-loan boom isn’t the housing bubble. But there still might be a crash image
....By 2006, millions of American families were in financial trouble and by 2008 hundreds of thousands were handing the keys of their homes back, leaving the banks with huge debts on their balance sheets. Today the US central bank is again raising interest rates, and the jump in credit costs is hitting the finances of low-income families, forcing them into arrears or to default on their loans. ...
Central banks 'must communicate better to regain trust' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 09:14:41 PM
.... . Andy Haldane said central banks wielded considerable power and their responsibilities "may never have been greater". ...
US shares mixed as dollar gets boost image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 03:27:41 PM
.... . The US central bank or Federal Reserve System is made up of 12 Federal Reserve Banks around the country. ...
Mortgage approvals fall as UK consumers rely on credit to keep spending image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 12:07:32 PM
....Approvals dipped 1. 2% to 68,315 last month from 69,114 in January, the latest snapshot of lending from the central bank showed. ...
UK banks asked to draw up plans to show they are prepared for Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 09:26:41 AM
....The FPC highlighted rapid growth in UK consumer credit and “elevated” global risks, mainly due to rising debt levels in China, as the main threats to Britain’s banking system. The central bank launched a review into the credit quality of new lending – underwriting standards and the risk models used by banks – and said it would scrutinise these findings over the coming months. ...
Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:39:55 PM
....The government is looking to tap into that network by allowing mobile phone users to trade the government securities across their phones. Kenyans can buy one of the bonds for as little as 3,000 Kenyan shillings ($30; £23), the country's central bank said. ...
UBS charges customers to deposit euros image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 03:27:40 PM
....The ECB penalises banks that store euros with it in an effort to make them lend rather than hoard their cash. It imposes a so-called negative rate, equivalent to four euros annually on each 1,000 euros that lenders deposit with the central bank. ...
UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 09:34:06 AM
.... Well, maybe not, but the Bank's governor, Mark Carney, said pretty much the same when he was quizzed over today's jump in inflation. Actually, what he said was, "Look - single data point, you never overreact to a single data point," but then he is a central banker and not the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. ...
British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 06:00:24 PM
....The involvement of Moldova’s banks in the scandal led to a political crisis that has seen five prime ministers come and go in the last two years. Former and current officials working at Moldova’s central bank were detained by prosecutors last August suspected of turning a blind eye to information on money laundering carried out through Moldindconbank. ...
The Ronald, the Donald – and a hamstrung Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 06:59:01 AM
....Now the market is moving sideways again – and for the simple reason that, after watching and listening to Trump since his inauguration, it has priced in most of the gains investors believe he can make for them, which over the next few years will still be bountiful, but decidedly more modest than first predicted. That’s why America’s central banker, Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, made it clear last week that US interest rates would rise to at most 1. ...
Stock markets soar across Europe as FTSE clocks up new high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 06:58:16 PM
. Stock markets across Europe soared as traders reacted to the defeat of an anti-EU candidate in Dutch elections and the latest interest rate announcement from the US central bank. ...
FTSE 100 closes at record high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:47:19 PM
....In mid-afternoon trading the index was 38 points higher at 7,406 points. Neil Wilson at ETX Capital said the message from the US central bank was "the US economy is firing, but inflation is not going to be an issue. ...
UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.25% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:38:45 PM
....Other MPC members noted consumers were turning more cautious amid slowing wage growth and rising prices. On Wednesday, the US central bank voted to increase interest rates, its second recent move upwards. ...
Bank of England keeps UK interest rates on hold as it warns on inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:10:58 PM
....25% base rate and electronic money-printing programme were appropriate to support the post-referendum economy amid signs that slower pay growth and rising inflation were damping consumer spending. The decision to hold rates in the UK comes a day after the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, raised interest rates to 1% and indicated that further increases this year were likely to keep rising inflation in check. ...
US interest rate rise signals end of ultra-low borrowing costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 07:31:25 PM
....For once, the market reaction was entirely rational. The increase in interest rates was expected and it would have been a real surprise had Janet Yellen and her colleagues at the US central bank decided against a move. ...
US Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 1% in bid to hold off inflation image
....75% to 1%. The central bank set aside concerns about the impact of higher interest rates on consumer spending to confirm analyst projections that it is prepared to increase rates several times this year to keep a lid on inflation as it rises above its 2% target level. ...
Charlotte Hogg resigns as Bank of England deputy governor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 09:33:31 AM
....The Bank is expected to replace Hogg with two appointments – one as deputy governor and one for her former role as chief operating officer. Hogg is an Oxford graduate whose career prior to the UK’s central bank had included stints at high street lender Santander and at US bank Morgan Stanley. ...
Wanda's deal for Golden Globe firm collapses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 02:28:41 PM
....But the slowdown in China's economic fortunes has made the government more cautious. Last week, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan blamed the foreign investment wave on "overheated emotions". ...
US interest rate rise to deepen debt crisis in developing world image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 07:00:26 AM
. Developing countries are struggling with steep rises in their debt payments after being hit by a double whammy of lower commodity prices and a stronger dollar, with more pain to come once the US central bank raises interest rates this week, campaigners warn. ...
Trump is set to win the battle on interest rates, but US economy will pay the price image
....Donald Trump spent much of his campaign for the White House attacking the Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen. Shouting at the camera in the first presidential debate, he even went as far as to accuse the head of the central bank of “being political”, spurring her to deny she was anything but impartial. ...
Markets in 'no doubt' on US rate rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:33:01 PM
.... . It would be only the third time in a decade that the US central bank has increased rates. ...
US interest rate rise almost certain after bumper jobs growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 06:15:58 PM
....The US Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates next week for only the third time since the financial crisis after the latest job numbers for the world’s largest economy beat expectations. The closely watched Labor department data for February showed that the number of new jobs soared to 235,000, the best month for job growth since July last year, adding to pressure on the central bank to agree the first of three predicted rises this year. ...
US jobs report means Fed rate hike is a bolt-on certainty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 03:03:04 PM
....The latest US jobs report removes any lingering doubts about whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next week. Following news that the world’s biggest economy generated 235,000 net new non-farm jobs in February, it is a bolt-on certainty that the central bank will push up the cost of borrowing by a quarter of a point. ...
US jobs growth strengthens case for March rate rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 01:36:59 PM
....Analysts said it lifted expectations that the US Federal Reserve would raise interest rates next week. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said last week that the central bank could raise rates in March if employment and inflation figures met their expectations. ...
ECB's Draghi says 'more optimistic' on the outlook for the eurozone image
....The outlook for eurozone growth is "more optimistic", the head of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, has said. Accordingly, the central bank has raised its economic growth forecasts for this year and next, to 1. ...
Sorry, Brexit doomsayers, the outlook is good on global growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 05:00:20 PM
....They also take a generous view of Donald Trump’s plans for tax cuts and infrastructure spending while dismissing his tub-thumping demands for a wall with Mexico and a trade war with almost anyone who wants to have a fight over tariffs. Across the road from the White House, the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, is firmly in the optimists’ camp. ...
Fed boss says US rates may rise in March image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 08:14:34 PM
.... . Ms Yellen also suggested the central bank was likely to raise rates more quickly than over the past two years. ...
Dow Jones breaks through 21,000 mark image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:48:45 PM
....Tom Stevenson from Fidelity International said the Dow Jones Index only cleared 20,000 points three weeks ago, making this the fastest rise between 1,000 milestones since 1999. Sentiment was helped by comments suggesting that the US central bank may raise rates sooner rather than later. ...
Wall Street stocks rise after Trump's corporate tax cut promises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:42:20 PM
....The strength of the US economy also raised the prospect of an early interest rate rise, possibly following the Federal Reserve’s meeting later this month. New York Fed president, William Dudley, an influential figure on the central bank’s open market committee and close ally of chair, Janet Yellen, said the case for tightening monetary policy “has become a lot more compelling”. ...
Bank of England makes obscure tweak to mortgage rules... now you can get a BIGGER mortgage image
....Under the previous system, lenders had to be careful not to breach strict quarterly limits on the amount of mortgages that fall within the high loan to income bracket. But now the central bank changed rules so that providers can count the lending on an annual basis. ...
Will Trump build a wall protecting US banks from global rules? | Howard Davies image
.... If Basel becomes a talking shop, without the ability to set firm standards, another key link in the chain will be broken, and it will be harder for the UK to argue that if London’s banks meet international standards, they should be granted equal treatment in the EU. As central bankers bid farewell to the devil they know, financial regulation has entered a period of high uncertainty – and high anxiety for policymakers as they await an announcement from Mar-a-Lago. ...
Australia goes 25 years without recession image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 02:18:44 AM
...." . Estimates by the country's central bank point to economic growth rising to about 3% for 2017 on the back of recovering commodity prices. ...
The Bank of England fears it may not spot the next crisis. Here’s where to look image
.... Credit agency Experian, which monitors personal indebtedness, said the number of personal contract plans (PCPs), which allow buyers to pay a small deposit and then commit to making a monthly payment for three years with the option to buy or hand back the car at the end, has increased by 394% in five years. The central bank, which regulates lending, says it will take calming action before this lending bubble bursts. ...

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