The Great Debate UK
from James Saft:
James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
What do you call an entire economy which sweeps its insolvencies under the carpet and hopes that something will turn up?
An investigation by the Bank of England, reported in its Financial Stability Report released on Friday, found widespread evidence that banks are extending loan forbearance to weakened borrowers.
And because loans in forbearance often aren't classified as impaired, banks may be skimping on loan provisions, giving a deceptively flattering account of their capital position and health.
Forbearance, usually some form of break given to a borrower such as extending the term or making the loan interest-only, is offered to some borrowers when they miss a payment or violate part of the loan agreement.
from UK News:
Deciding it was safe to come clean because banks are now on a more even keel and the worst of the credit crisis is behind us, the Bank of England has told the nation that at the height of the turmoil it secretly lent Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS a colossal £62 billion, which is more than the entire British defence budget.
Both banks faced the imminent closure of high street cash machines and the curtailment of normal banking operations across the country.