Only struggling banks cut lending to raise capital ratio – IMF paper


Most banks in Eastern Europe have raised capital through retained earnings – a "benign strategy" from a macroeconomic standpoint – according to a working paper published by the International Monetary Fund.

Michal Andrle, Vladimír Tomšík and Jan Vlček note in their paper it is important to study how banks adjust to Basel III to gauge the full effect. Based on data from the five largest banks in a set of Eastern European nations, they find most improved their capital ratios through retained

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