UK banks approve fewest mortgages since January 2015 in August - BBA
LONDON, The number of mortgages approved by British banks in August fell to its lowest level since January 2015, the British Bankers' Association said on Monday.
LONDON Britain is likely to lose its triple-A status if its plans to cuts its debts falter, while weak growth would put downward pressure on top-rated Netherlands, rating firm Fitch said on Wednesday.
"For the UK, we forecast debt/GDP to peak at 97 percent before declining, which would be approaching the limit consistent with it retaining its AAA," Ed Parker, one Fitch's top sovereign analysts, told the Reuters Global Markets Forum chatroom.
"So if we see fiscal loosening, extended economic weakness causing slippage in fiscal targets then a downgrade would be likely."
On the Netherlands he said there was no immediate threat to its coveted triple-A grade but that weak growth and any rise in debt would increase downward pressure on the rating.
A bailout of Spain would be rating neutral meanwhile, and could even have a broader positive impact if it improved Madrid's access to funding markets.
(Reporting by Marc Jones and William James; Editing by William James)
LONDON Governments worldwide should pass new laws to facilitate the sharing of information between themselves and the private sector in order to better combat financial crime, HSBC's top lawyer told a banking conference in Geneva on Monday.
MUNICH The shock over Britain's decision to quit the European Union has been overcome for now, Ifo economist Klaus Wohlrabe told Reuters on Monday after the institute's monthly survey showed business morale in Germany surging in September.