Corporate, SME loans to take brunt of Covid shock, say EU banks

More than half the respondents to the European Banking Authority’s latest risk survey say loans to small and medium-sized enterprises are likely to sour over the coming year. But they also expect to increase lending to this sector.

Out of 50 banks polled, 58% expect SME loans to deteriorate, and 52% that these portfolios will grow over the next 12 months. Fifty per cent also predict corporate loans will degrade, with 56% saying they’re likely to see these books increase.

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