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A Strategy for Resolving Europe's Problem Loans

Shekhar Aiyar (), Wolfgang Bergthaler, Jose M Garrido, Anna Ilyina, Andreas Jobst (), Kenneth H Kang, Dmitriy Kovtun, Yan Liu, Dermot Monaghan and Marina Moretti

No 15/19, IMF Staff Discussion Notes from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: Europe’s banking system is weighed down by high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs), which are holding down credit growth and economic activity. This discussion note uses a new survey of European country authorities and banks to examine the structural obstacles that discourage banks from addressing their problem loans. A three pillared strategy is advocated to remedy the situation, comprising: (i) tightened supervisory policies, (ii) insolvency reforms, and (iii) the development of distressed debt markets.

Keywords: Bank resolution; Banks; Debt restructuring; Europe; Non-performing loans; Corporate debt; Nonperforming loans, NPL resolution, credit growth, debt, loans, lending, assets, financial crisis, General, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-09-24
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