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NPLs in Cyprus rise for second month

Non-performing loans (NPLs) rose for a second consecutive month in May amounting to €8.05 billion with non-performing exposures (NPEs) dropping by €11 million to €10.13 billion, or some 30.8% of total loans.

Cyprus strong growth momentum continues but…

Cyprus' economic expansion is set to remain robust, driven by domestic demand, but risks are tilted to the downside, according to the European Commission's spring 2019 economic forecast.

Renewed call to reform Title Deeds system

The EC and the ECB have renewed their call on Cyprus to "swiftly address the long-overdue reform of the title deeds issuance and transfer system" at the completion of their 6th PPS mission.

Cyprus’ vulnerabilities remain significant

The European Commission notes that despite the recent improvement, Cyprus' vulnerabilities, which are mostly due to long-lasting stock-imbalances, continue to be significant.

Clouds gathering over the Cyprus economy

Risks, driven by world economy deceleration, Brexit as well as Cyprus' domestic challenges are clouding the medium-term outlook of the Cypriot economy, an economic conference has heard.

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.

Commercial court in 2018

In efforts to modernise the Cyprus justice system, a new Commercial court will be set up in early 2018 to deal with claims arising from contracts, company disputes, the purchase or sale of goods, etc.

Standard & Poor’s raises Cyprus rating

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has raised its foreign and local currency long-term sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of Cyprus to 'BB+' from 'BB' and has affirmed its 'B' foreign and local currency short-term sovereign credit ratings.

Banks would benefit from property price recovery

Moody's expects that Cyprus property prices will broadly stabilise over the coming quarters and that demand for property will increase gradually from low levels; however household debt will constrain growth.

Non-performing loans will take time to resolve

The problem of non-performing loans will take some time to resolve due to the complexity of the problem said the Cyprus Central Bank's Governor speaking before a parliamentary Committee.

Cyprus economy recovery fragile

Although the Cyprus economy is recovering it is still fragile and it needs to implement key reforms in order to unlock its potential, including the enforcement of property rights, European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has said..

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