HSBC eyes sale of US loans to speed reshaping

LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L) is nearing the sale of more than $6 billion of US mortgages and other personal lending as part of its accelerated run-down of its troubled US loans book.

HSBC this week said in its quarterly results it had moved $3.7 billion of unsecured personal loans in the United States to its assets held for sale.

In addition, HSBCs North American results showed it had a $3.2 billion portfolio of real estate loans as held for sale to a third party investor.

HSBC, Europes biggest bank, continues to deal with the legacy of a disastrous US foray in 2003 when it bought Household International for $15 billion.

Years of aggressive lending followed that deal, leaving HSBC as one of the biggest sub-prime lenders when the US housing market crashed and saddling it with losses of tens of billions of dollars.

When the scale of the crisis became clear HSBC shut its US consumer loans business and has been running down the book.

The portfolio, mostly real estate, stood at $44.2 billion at the end of September, down $7 billion in the last year and less than half its $101 billion total in 2008 but still big enough to potentially take a decade to run off.

Stuart Gulliver, who took over as HSBC chief executive at the start of 2011, wants to accelerate the rundown of the assets.

The bank has said buyers had this year started showing interest in portfolios at prices it would consider, and BlackRock had worked on valuing assets.

Bad debt losses from the run-off book have been falling steadily, although a spike in impairments a year ago hit HSBCs share price and prompted Gulliver to look harder at speeding up the process.

The unsecured and real estate portfolios could be sold in the first quarter of next year, a person familiar with the matter said.

HSBC declined to comment on whether buyers are lined up.

It has not provided details on the portfolios, although it said earlier in the year investors had shown interest in specific regions, citing property in Nevada or Florida.

Under Gulliver the US business will focus more on commercial banking and investment banking, shifting away from retail customers. HSBC last year sold its US credit card business and 195 branches, about half its network.

It is likely to leave the US business looking more like HSBC in Canada, which made $602 million in the first half of this year, including $307 million from commercial banking and $174 million from investment banking.

But it may face a hostile regulator in the United States after being slammed for lax anti-money laundering compliance in Mexico.

HSBC this week said it faces a US fine of significantly more than $1.5 billion and criminal charges, which could hinder its activities there. (Editing by David Cowell)


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EU’s Rehn: maturity, interest change possible on Greek loans, no haircut

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – – Lengthening the maturities of official loans to Greece and lowering interest charged on them could help reduce the countrys huge public debt, but a haircut is not on the agenda and is not necessary, the EUs top economic official said.

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank were now working with the Greek government to find a way to cut the debt, seen at almost 190 percent of GDP next year, to a more sustainable level around 120 percent.

The debt burden of Greece is clearly not sustainable, Rehn told Reuters in an interview.

It is important to look at ways and means to reduce the debt burden of Greece. We are currently doing this together with the IMF and the Greek government and it may be a combination of factors related to the length of maturities and level of interest rates of official loans, Rehn said.

However, no haircuts of official loans are on the agenda and they are not necessary, he said.

He said Greece had a key role to play in the talks because its parliament had to vote through a structural reform package on Wednesday and another, fiscal one during the weekend, for talks on debt reduction to move forward.

The parliamentary votes were also key for Greece to get two more years to reach an agreed primary surplus target of 4.5 percent of GDP in 2016 rather than 2014, to give the countrys shrinking economy some respite and help growth.

Such a two-year extension would require additional financing from the euro zone – a tough sell in several euro zone countries where public opinion has grown tired of financing Greece.

We are assessing the financing needs in case the Greek adjustment programme were to be prolonged by two years, Rehn said.

This will, of course, depend on parliamentary votes in the Greek parliament on Wednesday on the package of structural reforms and during the weekend on the package of fiscal consolidation.

These are the necessary conditions for moving forward to talks on financing and debt sustainability, he said.

Asked if it was likely that adjustment programmes for Greece, Cyprus and Spain would be dealt with together, as a package to facilitate their passage through national parliaments, notably in Germany, Rehn said:

It may not be possible to lump everything together, but I realize the challenges in parliamentary debates and the sensitivity of these issues from a political point of view.

I would expect that we will have several cases to be dealt with in national parliaments, at least the case of Greece and Cyprus. Concerning Spain – that will depend on whether there is going to be a request from the Spanish government. (Reporting by Jan Strupczewski and Oliver Denzer; editing by Rex Merrifield)


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Bad loans in Slovenia remain on rise as reforms wait

LJUBLJANA Nov 7 (Reuters) – Slovenia, which is struggling
to avoid an international bailout, saw bad loans rise again in
September, the governments macroeconomic institute said on
Wednesday.

The head of the institute, Bostjan Vasle, appealed for
structural reforms, including those to deal with the bad loans,
to be brought in without delay.

If we do not enforce (the reforms)… economic activity
will worsen further, Vasle told a news conference when asked
when the bad loans situation would improve.

The institute said provisions for bad loans in local banks
rose by 85.7 million euros in September but gave no total
figures. In July, Slovenian banks, mostly state-owned, were
nursing some 6.5 billion euros of bad loans, equivalent to 18.2
percent of GDP.

On Tuesday, Standard Poors put the euro zone countrys A
rating on review for possible downgrade, questioning whether the
government could implement planned reforms because of trade
union and opposition demands for referendums.

Slovenia is struggling with recession and a gap in public
finances, after the global and regional economic crises crippled
domestic and export demand, prompting the government to bring in
unpopular austerity measures.

Prime Minister Janez Jansas conservative government last
month passed a law establishing a state-owned entity to take
over local banks bad loans in exchange for state-guaranteed
bonds, but trade unions stalled the enforcement of the law by
seeking a referendum on it.

The opposition is also demanding a referendum on a new law
that would set up a state holding to manage all state assets and
speed up privatisation.

The government still hopes to persuade the trade unions and
the opposition to retract their referendum demands and to agree
on other reforms, like raising the retirement age and cutting
public sector wages and unemployment benefits.

Vasle said the number of employees in the public sector,
particularly in health and education, continued to rise this
year although the government curbed employment in the central
government.

Vasle said new data confirmed the institutes forecast that
Slovenias GDP would this year contract by 2 percent, with a
further contraction of 1.4 percent seen in 2013.

Last month Slovenia issued its first sovereign bond this
year, a 10-year $2.25 billion bond with a yield of 5.7 percent,
averting a bailout for at least six months.

But Prime Minister Jansa had said the country would not be
able to borrow abroad again unless the reforms were enforced
quickly.

The government expects a budget deficit of 4.2 percent of
gross domestic product this year, down from 6.4 percent in 2011.

(Reporting By Marja Novak; editing by Zoran Radosavljevic and
Stephen Nisbet)


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Disaster Lending Options Rise As Organizations Battle Following Soft Sand

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We’d to find a solution, or we were going to have a serious struck, stated Greenberg, whoever new personnel was able to lessen cancellations. We would able to recoup a great deal.

Many companies werent so fortunate.

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Since the storm wreaked damage and triggered millions in damages over the Far eastern Seaboard and also over and above, firms large and small today are usually rushing to be able to pendant their deficits. Small enterprises — most deficient risk-management departments in addition to staff to take care of insurance promises or protected loans for repairing — are experiencing a difficult time. Masters say they are keeping up with the repair of enterprise services along with tries to get necessary money.

At least 45 in order to forty five percent of our own consumers in these places have called for devastation financial loans, mentioned Rohit Arora, the particular BOSS of Biz2Credit. possuindo, a fresh York-based on the internet assistance that helps small businesses protected numerous types of funding. Within the next two weeks, We foresee a larger improve.

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Repaying student loans with Social Security

Student loans are for those in their 20s. Right? Social Security, on the other hand, is for those in their 60s. Right again.

Data compiled by the Treasury Department, however, shows the federal government is withholding money from more and more Social Security beneficiaries who have fallen behind on their federal student loans.

Smart Money magazine reports that the government reduced the benefits of roughly 115,000 Social Security recipients through the first seven months of 2012 — more than doubling the rate of last year.

You may be asking, “Can they do that?” The answer is yes, they certainly can.

In fact, the federal government has the power to grab those defaulted payments in a number of ways: The IRS can intercept any income tax refund you think you have coming; the government can garnish (without any legal action or judge’s order) up to 15 percent of your disposable income; and, as mentioned above, they can seize student loan payments from federal benefits, including Social Security retirement and Social Security disability.

Furthermore, in case you were wondering, federal student loans cannot be erased via bankruptcy.

Most of these Social Security recipients are not being penalized for their own educational loans; the majorities have taken out loans to help children, grandchildren or other dependents defray their college expenses. But the bottom line is true for all who sign for federally subsidized student loans: Uncle Sam will stalk you the rest of your life until you get it paid.

Therefore, if you currently have student loan debt, declare war on it today. If you are considering student loans, you should first think creatively about other ways to fund your education. And, for you parents and grandparents, if you can afford to make loan payments, you can afford to make monthly contributions (without borrowing money) directly toward your student’s college expenses.

In all cases, if you avoid student loan debt today, you will eliminate the possibility of being dunned by your federal government in the future.

JOE PLEMON is a Certified Financial Counselor. Email your questions on personal finance to Joe at joeplemon@hotmail.com.


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Italian banks’ deposits jump in Sept, loans fall-BOI

MILAN Nov 8 (Reuters) – Private sector deposits held at
Italian banks jumped in September but loans to businesses
continued to decline sharply, Bank of Italy data showed on
Thursday.

Italian lenders are cutting their loan books to plug a
funding gap that has become costly because of the sovereign debt
crisis, but that in turn is exacerbating a credit crunch in the
euro zones third largest economy, which is in the throes of a
recession.

Data from the central bank showed that private sector
deposits rose by 5.7 percent in September compared with a year
earlier, the biggest increase in more than one year. Lenders
however did not pour that money back into the economy, and loans
to non-financial firms fell by 3.2 percent – the fifth
consecutive monthly decline and the steepest decrease in more
than a year.

Bad loans at Italian banks, a major concern for investors,
rose by 15.3 percent in September, compared with a 15.6 percent
increase in August.

(Reporting By Silvia Aloisi; editing by Antonella Ciancio)


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Lloyds Banking Sells Loan Portfolio to KKR, Allegro Funds

By Gillian Tan

A consortium comprising KKR amp; Co.s Special Situations Group and Sydney-based Allegro Funds has bought a portfolio of distressed corporate loans from Lloyds Banking Group PLCs BOS International unit, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The portfolio had a face value of 350 million Australian dollars (US$364 million) but was sold at an undisclosed discount, one of the people said.


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DebtX Records Need, Rates For CRE Financial Loans Improving

Costs for most types of business real estate property lending options have increased through 6% to be able to 10% previously 12 months.

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Rates associated with CRE loans traded in DebtXs market place elevated modestly within Sept. The particular monthly in damaged executing lending options exchanged from DebtX has been seventy seven. 9% in Sept 2011, up from seventy seven. 6% in August 2008. Costs had been 71. 3% within December 2010. DebtX is definitely an on the internet swap with regard to whole lending options.

The cost of non-performing CRE financial loans traded at DebtX was 70. 9% in September 2012, up through 70. 5% in August 2008. Prices were 40. 3% inside September 2010.

The particular approximated in entire financial loans protecting the united states CMBS galaxy stayed from 88. seven percent in September 2012, just like September 2008. Loan beliefs had been 85% in Sept 2012.

Costs regarding carrying out as well as non-performing financial loans exchanged at DebtXs market place trended incrementally higher once again in Sept, mentioned DebtX managing movie director May Mercer. The September cost increases had been more small compared to September, nevertheless they indicate a relentless recovery in the CRE capital marketplaces and also increasing need lending options.

Using the improving need CRE loans, the Government Down payment Insurance policy Corp. delivered to the market in the 3rd one fourth. After posting almost no mortgage revenue in the 1st half of the yr, the actual FDIC sold a lot more than $280 mil in CRE lending options inside the 3 rd fraction. A lot of the lending options sold were nonperforming.

The particular FDIC marketed 114 nonperforming CRE lending options in the 3 rd one fourth – their highest overall considering that the fourth quarter associated with this year. The actual FDIC was getting 33% of publication price in the 3 rd one fourth upwards from the reduced twenty percent in 2011.

Still the actual FDIC marketed simply 20 carrying out CRE loans in the third one fourth – their lowest overall within the last few 4 years. Executing lending options had been buying and selling in 62% of guide worth.

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Home equity loans make a responsible comeback

During the heyday of
home equity loans

, some homeowners used their home equity like an ATM to pay for
expensive vacations, boats or other luxury items. Today, borrowers
are more likely to use a home equity loan for home improvements,
college tuition or a major purchase such as a car, says Don
McClintic, senior vice president of home equity and direct lending
for SunTrust Bank in Richmond, Va.

Borrower surveys show that home equity loans now are more
likely to be used for a specific purpose rather than a lifestyle
change, says McClintic. Were also seeing home equity lines of
credit used more often for an emergency fund to be prepared for a
roof repair or unexpected medical bills. This is definitely more of
a back-to-basics loan than borrowing for a vacation.

Brad Blackwell, executive vice president and portfolio business
manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in San Francisco, Calif.,
says Wells Fargo has been approving more home equity loans recently
in comparison to the past four years, although not nearly the
volume seen at the height of the housing boom. He says homeowners
are being more responsible today and using their home equity to
improve their home value or to pay for educational expenses.

Home equity loans never went away entirely, but over the course
of the past few years homeowners experienced a loss of equity and
also became wary of taking on extra debt, says Blackwell. The
trend is changing a little bit now that prices are going up and
stabilizing in some areas.

Home equity loans and debt consolidation

In the past, when home equity loans were easier to qualify for,
many homeowners used them
to pay off credit card debt

since the interest rates on home equity loans are much lower.
McClintic says the interest may also be tax deductible. Borrowers
have to specify to the lender that they want to consolidate their
debt as part of the home equity loan transaction so that the debts
are paid and to avoid having the credit card payments considered as
part of their debt-to-income ratio.

However, since debt-to-income ratios and
credit score

guidelines have tightened in recent years, not all borrowers will
be able to qualify for a home equity loan to pay off their
debt.

In the past, some borrowers used a home equity loan to
consolidate debt and then charged their credit cards to the maximum
limit again, says Blackwell. If a borrower has a long track
record of carrying high levels of credit card debt, the credit card
payments may still be included in the debt-to-income ratio when
qualifying for the home equity loan. We need to make sure they can
handle all the payments if they run up their debt again.

Furthermore, the
foreclosure crisis

has made consumers more aware of the dangers of adding to their
mortgage debt. Many decided for themselves to explore other options
to reduce their debt level.

Home equity loan qualifications

Blackwell says that borrowers should expect their home equity
loan application to be similar to a first mortgage application in
terms of documentation and proof of the ability to repay the
loan.

Five years ago you may have only had to supply a pay stub, but
today lenders must verify everything for a home equity loan, says
Blackwell. The process typically takes 30 to 45 days compared to a
week or two a few years ago.

Unlike a few years ago when homeowners could borrow up to 100
percent of their home value, lenders today usually loan a maximum
loan-to-value on both the first and second mortgages of 80 to 85
percent, says McClintic.

The amount homeowners can borrow varies according to the
housing market, so in distressed housing markets the maximum
loan-to-value could be lower than 80 percent, he says.

In addition to sufficient home equity, homeowners will need a
good credit score and an acceptable debt-to-income ratio. Blackwell
says 700 to 720 is often the lowest acceptable credit score for a
home equity loan.

Someone with a lower credit score might be approved if they
have plenty of income and home equity and a reason for a lower
score such as an explainable event rather than multiple financial
issues, says Blackwell.

The maximum debt-to-income ratio can go as high as 45 percent,
but often this will be lower depending on the borrowers history
and the lenders standards.

Home equity loan costs

Interest rates are slightly higher for a home equity loan than a
first mortgage, says Blackwell. Closing costs are usually built
into the loan for a home equity loan, he adds.

While you may be inclined to approach your current mortgage
lender for a home equity loan, you should shop around, says
Blackwell. Shopping around for a home equity loan allows you to
compare interest rates and closing costs.


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Mortgage interest inch up slightly for 30-year loans

Average interest rates on 30-year home loans slightly increased to 3.4 percent this week, but still remain near historic lows, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.

The average was up from last weeks 3.39 percent. However, it is just 0.04 percent above the all-time low of 3.36 that was set last month, Freddie Mac reported. Last year at this time, the average rate fell for the first time ever to below 4 percent — to 3.99 percent.

This week, the average interest rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages slightly declined to 2.69 percent. It had been at 2.7 last week, Freddie Mac said. Last year at this time the average rate was at 3.3 percent.

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