The European non-performing loan (NPL) market reached a new peak in 2018 with disposals totalling EUR 205.2bn in gross book value (GBV), according to the new European NPL FY 2018 report, published by Debtwire ABS. Debtwire NPL Database tracked 142 transactions. The last quarter saw a particularly intense pace of activity, given that at the…

The Central Bank of Ireland has published its latest residential Mortgage Arrears & Repossessions Statistics from Quarter 3 2018. The figures have revealed that the number of family homes being repossessed has fallen, with the improving economy helping to cut the number of mortgages in arrears. The figures show 191 homes were repossessed in July…

KBC Bank of Ireland has completed the sale of €1.9 billion worth of mostly non-performing buy-to-let and corporate loans that were held by its Irish unit, to Goldman Sachs. The sale, first announced in August, will have a positive impact on KBC’s profit and loss account. It will reduce KBC’s non-performing loan ratio, according to…

Irish bank, Permanent TSB (PTSB) has announced that it has agreed to sell a 1.3 billion euro portfolio of problem mortgage loans in a securitisation deal, to help reduce its bad debt level to below 10 percent. PTSB has been trying to reduce its exposure to non-performing loans (NPLs) and focus on providing services for…

European credit management firm Intrum, has published a new European Consumer Payment report based on a survey with responses from 24 398. European consumers. Intrum, who are in contact with 250 000 indebted consumers around Europe every day, sees a widening gap in the wake of a rising economy. While more and more people are able…

New Irish association The Receivables Management Services Association (RMSA)  has released the first review of the Irish collections industry. The Review looks at the size of the current market, the debt levels in the SME sector and the reasons why more businesses are not using the services of collections companies. The review (launched in partnership with…

The number of business debt judgments registered in the Republic of Ireland during the third quarter of 2018 fell to the lowest levels on record for any third quarter, according to figures released today by Registry Trust. In Q3 2018, 137 business judgments were issued, 10 percent fewer than Q3 of last year and the…

Latest figures from UK finance show that the mortgage market has softened following period of strong growth. The figures indicate that there were 29,400 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in the month, some 4.5 percent fewer than in the same month a year earlier. The £5.0bn of new lending in the month was the same…

A new report by research specialist Gartner says that Digitalisation will make most heritage financial firms irrelevant by 2030. These firms will struggle for relevance as global digital platforms, fintech companies and other nontraditional players gain greater market share, using technology to change the economics and business models of the industry. Speaking at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 on…

The Central Bank of Ireland has fined E-Services & Communications Credit Union (ESSCU) €155,000 and reprimanded it for a contravention of regulatory requirements contained in Section 21 of Central Bank Reform Act 2010. The contravention was admitted by E-Services and the enforcement action has been concluded by way of settlement agreement between the parties. A…

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