Bank of England gives mixed signals on bank dividends, SME debts and market risk‐taking

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With corporate debt vulnerabilities having increased among SMEs, banks are expected to use “all elements of their capital buffers” to support the economy through the ongoing recovery Banks will be able to start announcing dividend plans alongside their half-year results at the end of the month after the lifted its ‘guardrails’, but analysts said investors should not expect a huge windfall yet. The BoE’s Prudential Regulation Authority this morning said its guidance on UK bank shareholder distributions has returned to normal, which fed expectations that the likes of PLC (), (), PLC () and peers can emulate the recent actions of their American cousins and sanction “super-sized shareholder returns” by releasing excess capital build up through the course of the coronavirus crisis. READ: Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and other UK banks move higher as dividend ban lifted However, while the central bank’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) approved of the lifting of
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