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Reports written by George Mountis BSc, MSc, Ph.D

Central Bank must do more to solve NPL problem

The Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) must push for a greater volume and quality of loan restructurings in addition to halting the creation of new non-performing exposures, for which it has implemented a framework of objectives.

CHF loans: Another banking scandal?

Approximately 11,000 borrowers were granted loans denominated in Swiss francs (CHF) by banks in Cyprus and the billion Euro question is whether the banks communicated the risks.

Banking and real estate intertwined

The banking and real estate sectors in Cyprus are intertwined and the restoration of the health of the banking system is a vital necessity for the sustainable recovery of the real estate market.

The major problem of non-performing loans

Banks in Cyprus could secure the collection of significant parts of loans that are currently not being serviced by managing their non-performing loans more efficiently as Dr George Mountis explains.

What is a floating charge?

Land Registry searches in Cyprus occasionally reveal floating charges/mortgages as encumbrances lodged against the title of a property; in this article Dr George Mountis explains.

The recent property boom and bust cycle

The continuous increase in property prices created a false sense of security in Cypriot banks and led to further credit expansion and a real estate “bubble” which burst resulting in a large increase in non-performing loans.

Investment opportunities in Cyprus

In a question and answer session Dr George Mountis of Emergo Wealth discusses the opportunities for institutional investors who may be considering investing in the Cyprus real estate market.

Curing the non-performing loans disease

Following the implementation of an economic adjustment programme in a number of EU member states, different countries have adopted different strategies for dealing with non-performing loans.

Stemming the rise of non-performing loans

If the rise in non-performing loans is to be stopped, the Cypriot banks need to start thinking ‘out of the box’ and employ innovative approaches that can provide short and long-term solutions to the problem.

Housing loan rates down, business loan rates up

Although housing loan interest rates continued to fall in December, business loan rates increased reversing an earlier downward trend according to the latest statistics from the Cyprus Central Bank.

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