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Regulators Mull Move to Bolster Smaller Banks

2019年12月23日 20:42 来源于 财新网
Insurers could be allowed to buy smaller banks’ perpetual bonds in an effort to help them replenish capital and contain financial risk
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China’s banking and insurance regulator is considering allowing smaller banks to sell perpetual bonds to insurance companies, as part of efforts to help them replenish capital and contain financial risk.

The regulator is considering either adjusting or removing the minimum size limit for banks to sell perpetual bonds to insurance companies, a China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) official said at a press briefing on Friday. Currently, insurance companies are only allowed to buy perpetual bonds issued by banks with more than 1 trillion yuan ($142.6 billion) of total assets, among other requirements, according to a January CBIRC document (link in Chinese). There were fewer than 30 such banks at the end of last year, according to data compiled by the China Banking Association, an industry group.

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