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Limited progress on resolving NPLs

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) noted that Cyprus had made little progress on resolving non-performing loans in its mission’s concluding statement following its recent official visit.

NPLs remain problematic says IMF

The high level of non-performing loans (NPLs) remain a problem for the Cyprus banking sector despite the strong growth boosting the island’s economy says the IMF representative in Cyprus.

Scheme to alleviate bailout losses

Cyprus Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has announced the creation of a scheme to alleviate bailout losses, which amounted to €8 billion, incurred by depositors as a consequence of the bailout.

More efforts needed to reduce NPLs

Cyprus needs to put more efforts into reducing the non-performing loans (NPLs) of the Cyprus banks, which “remain at extremely high levels” said the Chair of the ECB’s Supervisory Board.

Bank of Cyprus must sell NPLs

The Bank of Cyprus must include the sale of non-performing loans (NPLs) in its toolkit if it is to achieve its ambitious target to halve their ratio to 20 per cent by 2019 says Moody’s Rating Agency.

Banks helped by increased building permits

Although Cypriot banks continue to face significant asset quality challenges, a sustained increase in demand for building permits would improve their asset quality says ratings agency Moody’s.

Russian and Arab investors developing land

Russian and Arab investors are buying and developing land in Cyprus with Limassol being their first option according to Marinos Kynegirou, the Chairman of the Cyprus Real Estate Agents Association.

Small drop in non-performing loans

Although non-performing loans had fallen by €180 million at the end of January compared to the previous month, as a percentage of total loans the figure remained the same at 47.2 per cent.

Bank lending systems stymie Cypriot buyers

The Cyprus banks complicated lending procedures cause stagnation of property purchases by Cypriots according to the chairman of the Cyprus Real Estate Agents Association (SKEK).

Bank contracts for buying property

The Cyprus Parliament voted unanimously on Friday to adopt EU legislation on bank contracts for the purchase of property, which will provide consumers with a higher level of protection.

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