Financial Regulatory Forum

Japan bank minister says repayment halt good for banks

By Reuters Staff
September 18, 2009

Japan's newly appointed Financial Services and Postal Services Minister Shizuka Kamei speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo September 16, 2009.   REUTERS/Issei Kato By David Dolan and Noriyuki Hirata
TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Japan’s new banking minister said his plan to freeze the repayment of bank loans to help debt-burdened individuals and small companies would be a positive for the banks, even as investors have fled financial stocks.

UK business credit conditions better, lending costs scrutinized

By Reuters Staff
July 27, 2009

By AnBritish finance ministerAlistair Darlingdy Bruce
LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – British businesses are slowly finding it easier to raise funds from debt markets and bank loans, two surveys showed on Monday, a day after Britain’s finance minister said he was concerned about lending costs.  Companies were able to raise more finance from longer-term markets like corporate bonds in the second quarter, according to respondents in the Bank of England’s quarterly Asset Purchase Facility report, as liquidity and price transparency in the market improved. (more…)