Sweden Loans – Nordbi http://www.nordbi.org/ Mon, 16 May 2022 22:40:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.nordbi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/nordbi-icon-150x150.png Sweden Loans – Nordbi http://www.nordbi.org/ 32 32 Funding giant Santander now has 80% of its computing in the cloud • The Register http://www.nordbi.org/funding-giant-santander-now-has-80-of-its-computing-in-the-cloud-the-register/ Mon, 16 May 2022 15:30:00 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/funding-giant-santander-now-has-80-of-its-computing-in-the-cloud-the-register/

Spanish financial giant Santander has migrated 80% of its core banking IT infrastructure to the cloud as part of its $20.8 billion (€20 billion) modernization program, using in-house software created by resident developers.

Readers hoping for a tale of disaster and doom might be deeply disappointed, as the bank appears to have made steady progress over the past year compared to April 2021, when some 60% of its infrastructure was delivered offsite. .

The $48.3 billion (€46.4 billion) revenue financing giant is present in Europe, South America, Asia and North America. It made $3.17 billion (€3.053 billion) of its $8.44 billion (€8.124 billion) attributable profit in the United States last year, it said in its results for the 2021 financial year.

Gravity is the bespoke software used to help the bank switch from the core banking system that handles financial transactions including money transfers, deposits or loans.

Breaking any of these moving parts could have disastrous consequences – just ask TSB, the UK bank, which spun off parent company Lloyds Banking Group’s IT infrastructure in 2018, after being sold to the Spanish banking giant Sabadell Group in 2015. The sale launched a bad-thinking data center migration project that caused hours of downtime for customers and ultimately cost the CEO his job.

Moving to the cloud is supposed to make it easier to deploy new features in hours, not days. Santander says its own work will allow it to update applications more frequently and hopes to cut costs by moving to the cloud, saying the cloud push has reduced the energy consumption of its IT infrastructure by 70%.

The bank uses AWS and Microsoft Azure, as well as its own servers, which means public and private cloud deployments. Other banks around the world are also seizing the digital nettle, including Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and SEB in Sweden. Last year, Barclays Bank signed a 10-year agreement with HPE to use its GreenLake platform for hybrid cloud.

The Santander Group has earmarked $20.8 billion (€20 billion) for digital transformation in 2020 to create global platforms and improve customer experience by improving the services they use. Some 3,000 developers were hired in the first year, bringing the total to 16,500.

“Gravity will help transform Santander into a ‘digital native’ company,” said Dirk Marzluf, chief operating officer and technology officer at Banco Santander. “This initiative is an important next step in the bank’s transition to a common technology stack that is used across the group’s footprint.”

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He claimed the company was moving “closer to Santander’s goal of becoming the best open financial services platform.”

The modernization project is expected to be completed by 2024, according to Santander’s original schedule. This also includes the implementation of machine learning and robotics, as well as reengineering processes.

According to Santander CEO Jose Antonio Alvarez, it had 50 million digital customers in the March quarter, up more than 10% from a year earlier and online transactions were up 50%.

Jon C Davies, research director at TechMarketView, said of the project: “The nature of these technology initiatives means that the most difficult elements of cloud migration are likely to remain. Therefore, it is not necessarily simple to predict how long Santander still has to go before its cloud journey is complete.”

So there may be war stories to report before the Santandar project is finished and dusted off. Or maybe not. ®

Contrast Shore Bancshares (NASDAQ:SHBI) and Danske Bank A/S (OTCMKTS:DNKEY) http://www.nordbi.org/contrast-shore-bancshares-nasdaqshbi-and-danske-bank-a-s-otcmktsdnkey/ Sun, 15 May 2022 05:17:21 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/contrast-shore-bancshares-nasdaqshbi-and-danske-bank-a-s-otcmktsdnkey/

Shore Bancshares (NASDAQ:SHBI – Get Rating) and Danske Bank A/S (OTCMKTS:DNKEY – Get Rating) are both finance companies, but which stock is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on valuation strength, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.


Shore Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Danske Bank A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Shore Bancshares pays 41.0% of its earnings as a dividend. Danske Bank A/S pays 9.0% of its profits as a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings over the next few years.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Shore Bancshares and Danske Bank A/S.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Shore Bancshares 17.67% 7.19% 0.69%
Danske Bank A/S 30.22% 7.09% 0.32%

Risk and Volatility

Shore Bancshares has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. In contrast, Danske Bank A/S has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price of its stock is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. .

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.2% of Shore Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of Shore Bancshares shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and benefits

This table compares the earnings, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of Shore Bancshares and Danske Bank A/S.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Shore Bancshares $83.67 million 4.57 $15.37 million $1.17 4:47 p.m.
Danske Bank A/S $6.77 billion 1.89 $2.06 billion $1.11 6.68

Danske Bank A/S has higher revenues and profits than Shore Bancshares. Danske Bank A/S trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Shore Bancshares, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Shore Bancshares and Danske Bank A/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Shore Bancshares 0 0 1 0 3.00
Danske Bank A/S 2 4 1 0 1.86

Shore Bancshares currently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.17%. Given Shore Bancshares’ higher consensus rating and higher likely upside potential, research analysts clearly believe that Shore Bancshares is more favorable than Danske Bank A/S.


Shore Bancshares beats Danske Bank A/S on 10 out of 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Shore Bancshares Company Profile (Get a rating)

Shore Bancshares, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for Shore United Bank which provides various commercial and consumer banking products and services to individuals, businesses and other organizations. It offers checking, savings, overnight investment, and money market accounts; and regular and IRA certificates of deposit, as well as CDARS programs and cash management services. The Company also offers commercial loans, such as secured and unsecured loans, working capital loans, lines of credit, term loans, accounts receivable financing, property acquisition and development loans. , construction loans and letters of credit; loans for the construction of residential real estate; residential mortgage loans; and consumer loans, including home equity, auto, installments, home improvement and personal lines of credit, as well as other consumer finance products. In addition, it offers non-deposit products, such as mutual funds and annuities, and discount brokerage services; and trust, asset management and financial planning services. In addition, the Company provides merchant credit card clearing, as well as telephone, mobile and Internet banking; safes; debit and credit cards; payroll direct deposit; and automated teller machine (ATM) services. It operates 29 full-service branches, 30 ATMs and 5 loan origination offices in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Kent County, Queen Anne County, Caroline County, Talbot County, Dorchester County, Anne Arundel County, and Worcester County in Maryland. ; Kent County, Delaware; and Accomack County, Virginia. The company was founded in 1876 and is based in Easton, Maryland.

Danske Bank A/S Company Profile (Get a rating)

Danske Bank A/S provides various banking products and services to corporates, institutions and international customers. The Company offers corporate finance services, investment products and debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, equity and loan capital markets services, international payments, cash management, credit transfers, and supply chain and trade finance services. It also provides solutions for sustainable finance, derivatives, fixed income, foreign exchange, equity trading, cash forecasting, collection services, financial platform, export finance, letter credit management, liquidity management, factoring, working capital management, guarantees and in-house banking. In addition, it offers custody, depository, data management, post-trade, banking and middle office, collateral management and derivatives clearing services. The company is present in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and internationally. Danske Bank A/S was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Funding for sustainable development is overcrowded http://www.nordbi.org/funding-for-sustainable-development-is-overcrowded/ Wed, 11 May 2022 17:47:02 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/funding-for-sustainable-development-is-overcrowded/

The spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank are an opportunity to draw attention to financing for sustainable development. This year, it is clear that the main canals are blocked.

To understand why, it helps to start by understanding the fundamentals of financing for sustainable development. There are many channels, each with its own drivers.

As shown in Table 1 below, external financing in support of the Sustainable Development Goals is in the range of $500-600 billion. These figures include a number of different funding sources for sustainable investing, including aid, loans and private flows. We adjust net official development assistance (ODA) for amounts that cannot be used for sustainable development investments: donor administrative costs, in-country refugee burdens, and humanitarian assistance. What remains, an approximation of what is called country programmable aid, can be used for investments aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

If developing countries can develop strong project pipelines and improve their political and institutional structures, and if advanced economies provide political and financial support to unclog funding channels, the agenda can be moved forward.

The nature of official flows is reasonably well understood. Private flows are less easy to categorize, which can be divided into five categories: (i) loans to sovereigns and their companies via bond markets and syndicated bank loans; (ii) private philanthropy, which is now taking on significant proportions; (iii) private financing mobilized in investment projects in co-financing with multilateral agencies (the International Finance Corporation is the main mobilizer); (iv) private provision of infrastructure (mainly in power generation, but also toll roads and hospitals); and (v) impact investing in a variety of sectors.

Smaller development finance channels are closing or showing little prospect of improvement in the short to medium term. For example, while there is a lot of excitement about environmental, social and governance investments and sustainability bonds, very little of this money is flowing to developing countries, and there is a growing backlash against “greenwashing”. “. Private philanthropy is important but not organized in a systematic way and responds to the preferences of individual donors rather than being directed towards the SDGs. Much of it comes in the form of in-kind donations. And flows from big emerging economies like China and India have slowed dramatically, starting – in the case of China – well before the pandemic, and getting weaker and weaker as recipient countries put their projects on hold. of investment. From a policy perspective, apart from committing these creditors to debt relief (see below), there is little that policy makers can do in the short term to provide more resources.

For this reason, the real political debate focuses on the three main channels which account for around two-thirds of the flows: aid, non-concessional official loans and private loans to sovereigns or entities benefiting from a sovereign guarantee. Policy makers need to find a way to unclog these channels.

Table 1: Net contributions to broader international development finance (current USD, billions)Source: Author’s calculations, based on data from OECD Statistics, World Bank International Debt Statistics, UN Financial Statistics, Boston University Global Development Policy Center, Department of Business from the Indian Government, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, OECD TOSSD, World Bank Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) database and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).


It is commendable that aid has continued to grow even as advanced economies have seen their own domestic situation deteriorate. Overall aid from Development Assistance Committee countries increased in 2020 and 2021, with increases from countries including Germany, Sweden, Norway, the United States and France. Multilateral aid has grown even faster, with disbursements from the IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust Fund and the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) providing much-needed countercyclical financing. Aid has continued to increase in 2021 and major international funds have been replenished, including IDA and the Green Climate Fund.

However, aid in some important countries, notably the UK, fell in 2020 and again in 2021. In total, aid increased by 0.6% in 2021 in real terms, excluding COVID vaccines -19. At one level, it is commendable that aid has continued to grow despite real budgetary difficulties in each donor country. At another level, however, aid increases appear modest. The increase in ODA in 2020 was modest – less than 0.1% of the $12 trillion that donor country governments spent on their national fiscal stimulus packages in 2020.

At the spring meetings, pressures for aid were evident. Officials, particularly in Europe, have spoken of the need to meet donor costs for housing Ukrainian refugees from aid budgets. Afghanistan, which before February 24 was expected to figure prominently in the talks, hardly came up, and a UN appeal for humanitarian funding in March fell short by $2 billion – the amounts pledged were 45% below estimated needs. Afghanistan now has the highest infant and child mortality rate in the world.

Given pressures on aid to respond to humanitarian crises, the war in Ukraine, fallout from food and fuel crises, potential debt crises, and the continued need for vaccinations and pandemic-related expenses, the prospects for increased aid for sustainable development look bleak.

Official non-concessional loans

Official financial institutions provided $60 billion in 2020, almost entirely from multilateral institutions that stepped up countercyclical financing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even that, however, could not prevent a bifurcated global recovery: rich countries have mostly returned to pre-pandemic production levels, while developing countries are still far from up to par. Another concern is that the pandemic has forced many developing country governments to cut capital spending and close schools, jeopardizing future growth potential.

In this context, a major announcement at the Spring Meetings was the approval of the IMF’s Resilience and Sustainability Trust Facility (RST), financed in part by a reallocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) that had given to rich countries in the initial response. to the pandemic. The RST aims to raise 33 billion SDRs (about $45 billion). Its big breakthrough, however, is not the volume of financing but the terms: the loans will have a maturity of 20 years, a grace period of 10 and a half years and an interest rate slightly above the interest rate of the SDR which is currently 0.5%.

Another major announcement was a second emergency financing program by the World Bank Group, which aims to provide $170 billion in sustainable development financing over the 15 months between April 2022 and June 2023. However, the Bank warns that this program will significantly erode available resources. capital of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank’s main lender to middle-income countries. IBRD will be forced to reduce lending by one-third in FY2024 and beyond under current assumptions.

Other multilateral development banks face the same problem as IBRD. They have lent huge sums to respond to the pandemic, leaving them underfunded as they look to the future. For this reason, the channel for providing official non-concessional loans is clogged.

Private Capital

Spring meetings had their fair share of warnings about impending debt crises in developing countries and, indeed, credit ratings from major agencies show the risk is rising. In 2020 and 2021, 42 developing countries had their credit rating downgraded by at least one of the three major rating agencies, and 33 others had their outlook downgraded. The common framework for dealing with debt beyond the debt service suspension initiative seems stalled. Only three countries are participating (Chad, Ethiopia and Zambia) and the negotiations in each case have dragged on too long, with progress measured more by process change than actual results.

As a clear reminder of why credit ratings matter, consider that developing countries with an investment grade rating pay an average real interest of 3.6% on borrowing from capital markets; those rated below investment grade pay an additional 10 percentage points in interest. At these interest rates, it becomes very difficult to maintain solvency. The only option for a finance minister is to avoid new borrowing and try to limit public deficits. This is why developing countries complained at the spring meetings about their lack of fiscal space. Given these financial market conditions, there is considerable pessimism about the ability of developing countries to return profitably to large-scale capital markets.

The path to follow

This assessment of what blocks long-term financing for development suggests three main areas for policy action:

  1. Aid remains the cornerstone of financing for sustainable development, but it is so scarce relative to demand that it must be tapped through guarantees, financing institutional innovation or providing fresh capital to institutions of development.
  2. International financial institutions are an effective way to raise capital, but they quickly run out of room to manoeuvre. They will soon need fresh capital, otherwise middle-income developing countries will have few options. Small improvements may be possible on the margin through balance sheet optimization, but they distract from the fundamental need for additional funding.
  3. Private financing can only restart if new flows are protected from the legacy of existing debt. This means either accelerating debt settlement or the use of guarantees and other forms of risk pooling and transfer, preferential treatment for funds used for core SDG and climate investments, and/or loans to sovereign off-balance sheet public funds or development banks.

If developing countries can develop strong project pipelines and improve their political and institutional structures, and if advanced economies provide political and financial support to unclog funding channels, the agenda can be moved forward. Big demands – no wonder the mood at the spring meetings was gloomy.

Outsource Debt Collection Services Market to See Huge Growth by 2027: Alorica, Hoist Finance, Lowell http://www.nordbi.org/outsource-debt-collection-services-market-to-see-huge-growth-by-2027-alorica-hoist-finance-lowell/ Mon, 09 May 2022 22:11:09 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/outsource-debt-collection-services-market-to-see-huge-growth-by-2027-alorica-hoist-finance-lowell/

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Businesses around the world are increasingly facing unprecedented financial pressures due to the current economic scenario. Businesses are especially stressed by customers struggling to pay their debts on time. Entrepreneurs find debt collection to be a stressful activity that prevents them from achieving their main business goals and creates unnecessary expense. According to recent market research, 30 million Americans are struggling to pay their debts and pay overdue bills and payments, which in turn negatively affects businesses large and small. If you are one of these companies, you will understand how difficult it is to recover debt while following industry best practices. Debt collection is not only a time-consuming process, it can also divert attention from achieving key business goals and at the same time spend an unnecessarily large amount of money. Outsourcing debt collection services helps clients further reduce the burden of bad debts, improve existing cash flow and, at the same time, preserve the image of a reputable brand. These are the services provided by a third party company to track individuals or companies with criminal accounts. Businesses often face the challenge of tracking debtors whose details have changed or are inaccurate. The debt management system uses big data analytics capabilities to access the debtor’s online profile, which contains important collection information. All of this speeds up the collection process and improves collection ratios for businesses while reducing unnecessary costs.

Market trends:
– Increased need to reduce bad debts and improve cash flow
– Growing trend towards automating the debt collection process

Market factors:
– Rising amount of debt and other financial pressures
– Increased purchasing power
– Improved cash flow and profitability index
– Growing global debt

Market opportunities:
– High demand for commercial and consumer debt collection services in BFSI organizations
– Technology-based debt collection should lead to better customer engagement

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Geographically, the detailed analysis of consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of the following regions:
– The Middle East and Africa (South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Egypt, etc.)
– North America (United States, Mexico and Canada)
– South America (Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, etc.)
– Europe (Turkey, Spain, Turkey, Netherlands Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia UK, Italy, France, etc.)
– Asia-Pacific (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Australia).

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How Australia’s first interest rate hike in over a decade could impact the election | Economic news http://www.nordbi.org/how-australias-first-interest-rate-hike-in-over-a-decade-could-impact-the-election-economic-news/ Tue, 03 May 2022 14:09:20 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/how-australias-first-interest-rate-hike-in-over-a-decade-could-impact-the-election-economic-news/

Central banks around the world are raising their interest rates.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise U.S. rates by 0.5% tomorrow, and on Thursday the United States Monetary Policy Committee bank of england is expected to raise its key policy rate for the fourth consecutive meeting.

Others have raised interest rates so far this year, including the Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, which last week raised its main policy rate above zero for the first time since October 2014 and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand which last month raised interest rates. by the most in 22 years. Central banks in South Korea, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Poland, Israel, South Africa and Mexico have also raised interest rates over the past six weeks.

To this list are now added the Reserve Bank of Australia which, overnight, raised its main key rate from 0.1% to 0.35%. It was the bank’s first interest rate hike since November 2010.

Explaining the move, Philip Lowe, the bank’s governor, said “it was the right time to start withdrawing some of the extraordinary monetary support that has been put in place to help the Australian economy during the pandemic.”

He added: “The economy has proven resilient and inflation has risen faster and higher than expected. There is also evidence that wage growth is picking up. Given this, and the very low level of interest rates, it is appropriate to initiate the process of normalization of monetary conditions.”

Mr Lowe pointed out that, although lower than some other advanced economies, inflation in Australia has accelerated recently and more than expected.

He also noted that the unemployment rate had fallen in recent months to 4% and was expected to fall to just 3.5% at the start of next year, which he said would represent the lowest unemployment rate for almost. 50 years old.

The move emphasizes the independence of the RBA as, in 18 days, Australia will go to the polls.

Three of Australia’s four major banks – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ – immediately announced that they would pass on the rate hike to mortgage customers.

And, while most Australian homeowners have fixed-rate loans like in the UK, that still means around 1.5 million homeowners will see their mortgage payments increased.

“Did your government just lose the elections?

The last time the RBA raised interest rates during an election campaign was in 2007. Just over two weeks later, Liberal Prime Minister John Howard suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of of his Labor opponent, Kevin Rudd.

Scott Morrison, the current Liberal Prime Minister, today insisted the RBA’s decision did not guarantee he would face a similar fate.

To the question of a journalist “Has your government just lost the elections?” Mr Morrison replied ‘of course not’.

He said Australians had been ‘prepared’ for the prospect of higher interest rates and added: ‘We’ve seen them strengthen their own balance sheets in anticipation of what they always knew wouldn’t be. the pursuit of extraordinarily low rates from the RBA.

“It’s not something Australians reasonably thought would last forever.”

But the RBA’s decision gave Mr Morrison’s Labor challenger Anthony Albanese another stick with which to beat his opponent.

Mr Albanese, who has campaigned fiercely on the cost of living, said: ‘When things are good in the economy Scott Morrison takes all the credit, but when things get tough he doesn’t assumes no responsibility.”

The Prime Minister hit back by reminding listeners that earlier in the campaign Mr Albanese had appeared unsure where the RBA’s main key rate was.

He continued, “At least I know what it is.

Warning of further interest rate hikes ahead

Today’s rate hike is unlikely to be the last. The RBA has indicated that further increases are likely in the coming months as the country grapples with the highest level of inflation it has seen in more than two decades. Mr Lowe said it was “not unreasonable to expect” the RBA to raise its key benchmark rate to 2.5% before too long. The news sent the Australian dollar, which on Monday hit its lowest level against the US dollar since January, up 1% against the greenback. The ASX, the country’s main stock market index, fell 0.42%

The big question is whether the RBA has, in the jargon, been “behind the curve” on inflation. It’s an accusation that has also been leveled against both the Fed and the Bank – with critics warning that to fight inflation, both will have to raise interest rates more than they should have if they had acted more quickly.

The RBA is also accused of keeping interest rates too low for too long as it sought to heal its economy during the pandemic. Australia was in the unusual position of enjoying 30 years of uninterrupted growth before COVID-19 tipped it into a brief recession during the first half of 2020. The economy then saw four quarters of growth before suffering only one quarter of contraction from last July to September. year.

Voters in the UK and US, both of which are experiencing far higher levels of inflation than their Australian counterparts, would scoff at the idea that the Lucky Country is in the grip of a cost of living crisis .

However, due to a property boom that has forced many people into borrowing heavily, household debt levels in Australia are unusually high by international standards.

Australian household debt, as a share of income, has risen from just over 60% 33 years ago to more than three times that level today – well beyond the UK, US and Canada. According to the International Monetary Fund, households in a handful of countries around the world, including Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark, are also in debt.

This leaves the RBA with a headache. He doesn’t want to risk crashing the economy by putting undue pressure on indebted Australian households and especially given the evidence that consumer confidence is falling.

On the other hand, he dares not let inflation climb much higher for fear of being forced into bigger interest rate hikes along the line. The fact that he was forced to raise rates for the first time in more than a decade, during an election campaign, underscores this.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-country trip begins in Germany http://www.nordbi.org/indian-prime-minister-narendra-modis-three-country-trip-begins-in-germany/ Mon, 02 May 2022 17:51:37 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/indian-prime-minister-narendra-modis-three-country-trip-begins-in-germany/


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pictured at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, on November 1, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. File photo by Kiara Worth/COP26/UPI | License picture

May 2 (UPI) — On his first trip abroad in 2022, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Germany on Monday for the first leg of his three-country European trip, during which he will also visit Denmark and France.

The trip, which will last until May 4, will include around two dozen engagements, including bilateral and multilateral meetings with other world leaders from seven countries.

“My visit to Europe comes at a time when the region faces many challenges and choices,” Modi said in a statement before leaving India, according to the Indian Express.

“Through my engagements, I intend to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with our European partners, who are important companions in India’s quest for peace and prosperity,” he said.

Indian Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Sunday that Modi aimed to strengthen bilateral partnerships and “exchange perspectives” on the ongoing war in Ukraine during the three-day trip.

Modi said in Berlin that recent events have brought world peace to a state of “critical condition”.

“We believe that no side will emerge victorious from this war,” he said of the conflict in Ukraine initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to The Times of India.

On Monday, Modi met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, with whom India has shared a strategic partnership since May 2000.

The world leaders co-chaired the India-Germany intergovernmental consultations, highlighting their countries’ relations and their shared views on regional and global concerns.

Modi announced during his visit to Germany that India remained determined to make rapid progress in negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union. Meanwhile, Scholz said his country was “ready to continue and deepen the close cooperation with India” on issues impacting the world, The Times of India reported.

The two nations agreed on Monday to work together on agroecology and the sustainable management of natural agricultural resources.

Germany plans to provide 300 million euros in loans for the initiatives by 2025.

After leaving Germany, Modi will meet Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen, Denmark, while communicating with leaders of Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway on Tuesday during the second India-North Summit.

The Prime Minister will then visit French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday before returning to India.

Madison Cawthorn twitter video, leaked video and Venmo payments http://www.nordbi.org/madison-cawthorn-twitter-video-leaked-video-and-venmo-payments/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 03:04:07 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/madison-cawthorn-twitter-video-leaked-video-and-venmo-payments/

On Wednesday, the chairman of a political action committee campaigning for North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorne to step down filed an ethics complaint against the congressman. The complaint alleges that Cawthorn “failed to submit proper financial information to the House of Representatives regarding gifts and loans to Congressman Stephen L. Smith’s dispatcher.”

Muckrakers PAC US President David Wheeler claimed in his complaint that Cawthorn and Smith were living together, which included various screenshots showing Cawthorn’s registered address in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and referred Smith to the docket. FEC. Registered address.

The sole stated purpose of the US Muckrakers PAC is to ensure that “Cawthorn’s first term is his last.”

The day after the complaint was filed, the Daily Mail and an anti-Trump Twitter account published an undated video showing Cawthorn joking with a man in a car. The Daily Mail reported that the other man was organizer Cawthorn Smith, whom Wheeler had named in his ethics complaint. The complaint includes a video link.

“I felt the passion and the desire to see a naked body under my hands,” Cawthorn said in the video.

Then the person filming replied, “Me too. I want to see that too,” while turning on the camera. The comment made Cawthorn laugh, before another filmed himself putting his hand on the lawmaker’s groin.

Wheeler also posted several screenshots of alleged Venmo payments between Cawthorn and Smith. The images shared show the couple’s messages between June 17, 2018 and January 9, 2019 – before Smith joined Cawthorne as an adviser to run for Congress in January 2020.

In the screenshots, some of the payments Cawthorn sent to Smith contained tags such as “Get out of Sweden for me”, “What we did in Amsterdam”, and “The airport was in a rush”.

Some of Smith’s payments to Cawthorn were labeled “Love Me Every Night” and “Nude”.

“The committee was asked to investigate whether the relationship between Rep. Cawthorn and his servant, Mr. Stephen L. Smith, violated the rules or regulations of the house,” Wheeler wrote in the complaint.

A representative for Cawthorn called the complaint against Cawthorn “ridiculous.”

“Stephen is his cousin – they’re family,” the Cawthorn rep said. “The PAC that filed the complaint did not investigate.”

Company announcement for the first quarter of 2022 http://www.nordbi.org/company-announcement-for-the-first-quarter-of-2022/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 05:30:00 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/company-announcement-for-the-first-quarter-of-2022/

Company announcement for the first quarter 2022

Kamilla Hammerich Skytte, CEO, comments on the financial results:

We saw a positive expansion of the loan portfolio from DKK 793 billion in the first quarter of 2021 to DKK 809 billion in the first quarter of 2022. We also saw strong activity thanks to the sharp rise in interest rates. In eIn the first quarter of 2022, we experienced significant remortgaging activity and we helped over 2,500 customers who wanted to remortgage with a higher coupon. Corona-related losses remained at a low level in the first quarter. However, we reaffirm our current estimate of loan impairment charges due to the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine, rising energy prices and significantly higher interest rate levels. IIn our view, the Danish economy and most owners are well prepared for a period of increased uncertainty.

Mortgage Mmarket
The war in Ukraine and geopolitical tensions have increased economic and financial uncertainty. For now, the Danish economy remains in good shape, operating very close to or perhaps even above capacity. Unlike before the financial crisis, Danish homeowners are not living beyond their means.

The surge in inflation surprised central banks, forcing them to act. This has helped push up Danish mortgage rates, and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have risen from 1.5% at the start of the year to 3% by the end of the first quarter of 2022. FlexLån mortgage rates three- and five-year bonds also jumped now that multiple rate hikes are expected in the euro zone in the coming years. All in all, the yield curve steepened sharply in the first quarter, prompting many homeowners to turn to variable rate loans. This means that, for the first time in several years, fixed rate mortgages are losing market share to variable rate products, and we expect this trend to continue. Rising rates on fixed rate loans have also given many homeowners the option to remortgage at a higher or variable rate to reduce their outstanding debt.

Generally speaking, housing market indicators through March 2022 showed a market still in fairly good shape. It is, however, probably only a matter of time before rising inflation, with the continued erosion of real wages, and rising interest rates trickle down to the housing market, and we we expect the housing market to slow further in 2022.

First quarter 2022
Realkredit Danmark Group recorded a net profit of DKK 961 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to DKK 1,008 million in the same period of 2021. The profit was affected by lower income related to the activity of loan, higher costs for ongoing compliance and digitization and reduced loan impairment charges. Administration margin income fell by DKK 16 million, due to a lower average loan value (LTV) for clients.

Loan impairment charges amounted to DKK 31 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to DKK 115 million in the same period of 2021. Charges related to the corona crisis were limited in the first quarter of 2022. The account Total provision as of March 31, 2022 was DKK 2,965 million compared to DKK 2,971 million as of December 31, 2021. The level is maintained due to the mentioned financial uncertainty.

Gross loans amounted to DKK 47 billion, compared to DKK 46 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Mortgages at fair value decreased by DKK 31 billion to DKK 779 billion. The decline is attributable to lower bond prices due to rising interest rates. The evolution of mortgage loans at fair value consists of an increase in the nominal outstanding bond debt of DKK 2 billion and a decrease of DKK 33 billion in the mark-to-market adjustment. first quarter of 2022.

In the first quarter of 2022, Realkredit Danmark continued to focus on green bond initiatives. Customer responses are still very positive and as of March 31, 2022, total loans amounted to DKK 18.0 billion.

In Denmark, total green loans funded by RD Cibor6®Green amount to DKK 14.5 billion. In Sweden, demand for green financing options has also been strong. As a result, Realkredit Danmark has expanded its product range in the Swedish commercial real estate market, opening for RD Stibor3® Green in mid-2020. As of March 31, 2022, total loans amounted to DKK 3.5 billion. In the future, Realkredit Danmark will also offer green covered bonds in Norway.

Realkredit Danmark expects 2022 net profit to be slightly lower than 2021 net profit.

Financial Highlights – Realkredit Danmark Group
INCOME STATEMENT Q1 Q1 Hint Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Full year
(millions of Danish kroner) 2022 2021 22/21 2022 2021 2021 2021 2021 2021
Administrative margin 1,458 1,474 99 1,458 1,461 1,460 1,462 1,474 5,857
Net interest income 6 40 15 6 3 1 2 40 46
Net commissions 57 53 108 57 -46 -86 -48 53 -127
Income from investment portfolios -27 11 -27 7 -1 38 11 55
Other income 25 36 69 25 25 35 40 36 136
Total revenue 1,519 1,614 94 1,519 1,450 1,409 1,494 1,614 5,967
Expenses 256 207 124 256 307 241 240 207 995
Earnings before loan impairment charges 1,263 1,407 90 1,263 1,143 1,168 1,254 1,407 4,972
Loan impairment charges 31 115 27 31 11 94 49 115 269
Profit before tax 1,232 1,292 95 1,232 1,132 1,074 1,205 1,292 4,703
Tax 271 284 95 271 249 236 265 284 1,034
Net income for the period 961 1,008 95 961 883 838 940 1,008 3,669
(millions of Danish kroner)
Credit due
establishments etc. 18,688 29,978 62 18,688 18,643 21,270 19,351 29,978 18,643
Mortgages 779 211 805,001 97 779 211 810 139 803 643 803 233 805,001 810 139
Bonds and stocks 45,523 45,588 100 45,523 46,435 42,840 43,607 45,588 46,435
other assets 3,322 3,435 97 3,322 1,782 2,062 2,531 3,435 1,782
Total assets 846 744 884,002 96 846 744 876 999 869 815 868 722 884,002 876 999
Due to credit institutions etc. 2,000 2,000 100 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Mortgage bonds issued 792 508 830 468 95 792 508 820 950 815 427 816 135 830 468 820 950
Other liabilities 5,403 4,737 114 5,403 4,577 3,809 2,857 4,737 4,577
Equity 46,833 46,797 100 46,833 49,472 48,579 47,730 46,797 49,472
Total Liabilities and Equity 846 744 884,002 96 846 744 876 999 869 815 868 722 884,002 876 999
Net profit for the period in % pa
average equity 8.0 8.4 8.0 7.2 7.0 8.0 8.4 7.4
Impairment charges in % pa
mortgage loan
0.02 0.06 0.02 0.01 0.05 0.02 0.06 0.03
Operating coefficient (%) 16.9 12.8 16.9 21.2 17.1 16.1 12.8 16.7
Total capital ratio (%) 27.9 27.4 27.9 25.3 27.3 28.2 27.4 25.3
Tier 1 capital ratio (%) 27.6 26.9 27.6 24.9 26.9 27.7 26.9 24.9
Full-time equivalent staff (end of period) 228 224 228 217 216 224 224 217

The company’s announcement for the first quarter of 2022 has not been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the EU, and additional Danish disclosure requirements for issuers’ interim reports listed bonds.

  • Realkredit Danmark Company Announcement for Q1 2022

]]> Russia accused of blackmail, Trevor Reed freed in prisoner swap http://www.nordbi.org/russia-accused-of-blackmail-trevor-reed-freed-in-prisoner-swap/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 19:32:00 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/russia-accused-of-blackmail-trevor-reed-freed-in-prisoner-swap/

Latvia’s parliament could approve NATO membership for Finland and Sweden within hours if the two Nordic countries apply to join the alliance, the Latvian prime minister said on Wednesday.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Krišjānis Kariņš said that if Finland and Sweden decided to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it would be a boost “not only for their own security, but also for regional security”.

“If they applied for NATO membership, I’m sure our parliament would meet if it was early enough on the day to ratify,” he said. “I think across NATO there would be a very quick process.”

Despite Russian threats of consequences if Finland and Sweden were part of the alliance, there are indications that the two countries could do so.

Last week, the Finnish parliament started debating the issue. Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, long opposed to membership, is also holding membership deliberations.

If applications for NATO membership arrive in the coming weeks, it would pave the way for the alliance to potentially endorse their applications at its Madrid summit in late June. All 30 members should approve a request.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said any membership applications would likely be approved quickly for Finland and Sweden and that alliance members might be prepared to offer some kind of security guarantees while the membership process continued.

Before invading Ukraine, Russia had asked Washington and NATO to agree to rule out any further expansion of the alliance.

In recent months, the Latvian government approved a new defense spending target of 2.5% of gross domestic product and the country of around two million people donated some 200 million euros, or $211 million , in military aid to Ukraine, said Mr. Kariņš. .

Mr Kariņš said he was working around the clock ahead of the June NATO summit in Madrid to persuade his colleagues to endorse a strengthened permanent presence on the alliance’s eastern flank.

“We are absolutely heading in the right direction,” Kariņš said. “But we have to go the extra mile and we all have to understand that a solid, permanent and powerful presence is an absolute necessity.”

Updated EPS estimates from equity research analysts for April 25 (AHCHY, AMNB, ANIOY, AQMS, ASAZY, BBVA, BCKIY, BDN, BKCC, BMXMF) http://www.nordbi.org/updated-eps-estimates-from-equity-research-analysts-for-april-25-ahchy-amnb-anioy-aqms-asazy-bbva-bckiy-bdn-bkcc-bmxmf/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 23:54:37 +0000 http://www.nordbi.org/updated-eps-estimates-from-equity-research-analysts-for-april-25-ahchy-amnb-anioy-aqms-asazy-bbva-bckiy-bdn-bkcc-bmxmf/

Updated EPS estimates from equity research analysts for Monday, April 25:

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Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE: BBVA) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Banco Bilbao Vizcaya is engaged in a wide variety of banking, financial and related activities in Spain. “

Babcock International Group (OTCMKTS: BCKIY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Babcock International Group PLC provides engineering support services to the defense, energy, emergency services, transportation and education sectors. The Company’s operating segment includes Marine and Technology, Defense and Security, Support Services and International. The Marine and Technology segment provides engineering support services to the Royal Navy. The Defense and Security segment provides the UK Armed Forces with technical training and asset management. The Support Services segment manages assets, delivers programs and teaches vital skills for civilian governments and blue-chip commercial organizations. The Mission Critical Services business is a provider of helicopter and fixed-wing emergency services and crew change services to oil and gas operators primarily in Europe and Australia. Babcock International Group PLC is headquartered in London, UK. “

Brandywine Real Estate Trust (NYSE:BDN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Brandywine Realty Trust is a self-managed, self-managed, fully integrated real estate investment trust active in the acquisition, development, redevelopment, leasing and management of suburban office and industrial properties. The company’s portfolio includes approximately 151 office buildings and 28 industrial facilities. Some of the properties serve as flexible facilities, accommodating offices, warehouses and research and development activities. “

BlackRock Capital Investment (NASDAQ: BKCC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation provides responsive, creative and flexible capital solutions to middle market companies. BlackRock Kelso Capital provides middle market companies with flexible financing solutions, including senior and junior secured, unsecured and subordinated debt and loans, and equity securities. The company’s strategy is to provide capital to meet the current and future needs of our clients across this spectrum, creating long-term partnerships with growing middle-market companies. “

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