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Irish central bank expects lenders to make early provisions over loan breaks

Written by Business World, on 1st May 2020. Posted in Financial

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Ireland's central bank said on Thursday it expected lenders to set aside a prudent overall provision for tens of thousands of coronavirus-related loan breaks, before such provisions are taken at the individual borrower level.

Ireland's five retail banks, specialist and non-bank lenders agreed on Thursday to extend loan repayment breaks for customers hit by the coronavirus crisis to six months from three months after granting over 65,000 mortgage breaks and more than 22,000 business breaks to date.

"The Central Bank expects lenders to prudently assess the level of distress in their loan books and for this to be reflected in provisioning levels, notwithstanding that provisions may not yet be taken at an individual borrower level," the regulator said in a statement. (Reuters)

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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