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Report: Russian regulator to tighten reserve requirements for banks

TheRussian central bank plans to tighten reserve requirements for banks as of Jan.1, 2017, Kommersant reported Oct. 3.

Theregulator proposed to increase the required provisions on loans issued toaffiliated companies, as well as loans offered to purchase promissory notesissued by the same lender, the newspaper said. Banks will reportedly also berequired to set up 100% reserves for unsecured loans to companies that do notcarry out any economic activities and for loans to nonresident banks if theregulator is unable to verify the information provided about the borrower.

Atthe same time, the central bank proposed to reduce provisions on some type ofloans, such as those with state guarantees, Kommersantnoted.

Thetighter requirements will reportedly be introduced to address problems theregulator identified when dealing with collapsed lenders. As a result, thecapital adequacy ratios of most Russian banks will deteriorate, analysts citedby the newspaper said.