MADRID | By Francisco López | The new season for presenting results starts this week with much better expectations than in previous years. After two years recording negative results in Spain, most market watchers consider that 2013 allowed the return to positive figures thanks to cost reductions, the increase in financial operations, the low interest margin and a lower impact on the accounts of the harsh restructuring process started in 2009.
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THE CORNER TEAM | As the euro zone crisis shakes off a recession, investment opportunities are mushrooming across the South of Europe. In Spain, banking and media sector as well as infrastructure are the preferred bets. “As maximum exposure recovery in Europe’s periphery, FCC is ideal. Just don’t think about the downside,” the Financial Times’ Lex argued on Friday, after millionaires George Soros and Bill Gates have both bought stakes in the indebted construction company in less than three months.
MADRID | The Corner Team | The balance of non-performing loans of the Spanish banking sector rose in September to reach a new record of 12.68 percent, since the 12.12 per cent in August, according to provisional figures that the Bank of Spain reported on Monday. The volume of non-performing loans rose 6.888 billion euros, up to 187.830 million euros.
MADRID | By Francisco López | In recent times there has not been any other banking sector as closely tested as the Spanish. However, despite the continuing ‘streap-tease’ of different financial institutions, the big international investors do not fully trust in the health of the Spanish banking sector.
By Carlos Díaz Guell, in Madrid | Following the steps taken by the Spanish government to increase the requirements of capital provisions to the banking system from 7% to 30%, that is some €30 more billion, the Eurogroup, seen the distrust generated by the Bank of Spain’s actions, asked the Rajoy government to commission an independent valuation of property assets on the balance sheets of financial institutions. The international financial authorities and…