*Italy no longer cause for alarm among foreign investors. Italy's largest bank by assets UniCredit and troubled lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena this week announced the write-downs- of 13.7 billion and 2.75 billion euros respectively- as they prepare for an industry-wide health check that European lenders are undergoing this year.» Read More
*Impairments and' hard to value' assets key areas. DUBLIN, March 10- The European Central Bank's stance on how bad loans are defined will be one of the biggest revelations to the euro zone's largest banks when it details on Tuesday how it will test balance sheets, three sources with knowledge of the tests told Reuters.
*ECB disappoints bears, euro seen rising to $1.40. LONDON, March 7- The euro raced to a 2-1/ 2 year high against the dollar on Friday as short term money market rates rose on signs that the European Central Bank's balance sheet was contracting at a time when other major central banks were still expanding theirs.
MILAN, March 4- Euro zone banks could be forced to disclose any major balance sheet gaps discovered in a health check on the industry before the results are made public in October, the head of the European banking watchdog said on Tuesday.
March 3- Civil unrest in Ukraine has put pressure on its banks which could need liquidity and capital support due to falling deposits, a high level of non-performing loans and a depreciating currency.
Others, including Britain and the Netherlands, have taken longer. Bankia, Spain's fourth-biggest lender, needed 22.4 billion euros in bail-out funds from Europe and Spain's bank restructuring fund FROB. Britain pumped 66 billion pounds into Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds in 2008 and 2009 and provided tens of billions more in liquidity support to the sector.
PARIS, Feb 12- Societe Generale is to return more cash to shareholders in 2014 than last year after completing a long-running overhaul of its balance sheet.
PARIS, Feb 12- French bank Societe Generale said on Wednesday it would return more cash to shareholders in 2014, after a swing to a fourth-quarter profit capped a long-running push to boost the strength of its balance sheet.
IRISH FINMIN WOULD PREFER PERMANENT TSB TO HAVE A BIGGER BALANCE SHEET TO HELP PROVIDE CREDIT TO ECONOMY.
NEW YORK, Feb 10- Aeropostale Inc is considering raising capital from private equity firms as the struggling teen retailer evaluates various ways to shore up both its balance sheet and its share price, four people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
BEIJING, Feb 8- China's central bank urged commercial banks to properly manage liquidity while reiterating its promise to keep monetary policy stable and to clamp down on risky lending, noting that the world's second-largest economy has yet to find a stable base for growth. Debt is shaping up as a major risk to China's economy.
Jan 30- Ben Bernanke did not hesitate when asked whether he was confident that his signature response to the Great Recession would work. "Well, the problem with QE is that it works in practice but it doesn't work in theory," the head of the U.S. They have already led to a quadrupling of the Fed's balance sheet to $4 trillion.
DAVOS/ LONDON, Jan 24- Top emerging market policymakers moved to allay concerns about their economies on Friday after investors sold off their currencies, raising fears of a broad market rout. "The balance sheet of the government, the banks and households are quite well protected against market volatility," he told a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
DETROIT, Jan 23- General Motors Co's new Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra vowed on Thursday to maintain a "fortress balance sheet," which has been a mantra among executives at the biggest U.S. automaker since 2010, the year after it emerged from bankruptcy.
*Raiffeisen places 97.5 mln shares at 28.50 euros each. VIENNA/ FRANKFURT, Jan 22- Raiffeisen Bank International kicked off a year of fundraising by European banks on Wednesday with a share sale that raised 2.78 billion euros to strengthen its balance sheet and repay state aid.
TORONTO, Jan 21- BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it intends to divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada, as it seeks to bolster its balance sheet and turn around its fortunes.
TORONTO, Jan 21- BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it intends to divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada, as it works to bolster its balance sheet and turnaround its fortunes.
HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Jan 17- China's banking regulator is pressuring banks to curb reliance on short-term borrowing and control risks from off-balance-sheet lending,.
*All banks above 1.6 trillion yuan in assets must disclose. SHANGHAI, Jan 8- China's bank regulator will require the country's largest lenders to disclose their off-balance-sheet exposures and other indicators in a move to implement global rules designed to strengthen regulation of "too-big-to-fail" banks.
BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Jan 6- China's cabinet has published guidelines strengthening regulation of risky off-balance-sheet lending in a new effort to address growing financial risks from an explosion in debt.
CHINA BANKING RULES TO STRENGTHEN REGULATION OF OFF-BALANCE-SHEET LENDING.