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Ireland's 'Worst Fears Surpassed' on Banks' Capital

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ONE LETTER AWAY FROM ICELAND
"Ireland’s banks may need at least 31.8 billion euros ($42.7 billion) in new capital after a real- estate slump left them crippled by mounting bad loans," Bloomberg reports. "The fund-raising requirement was announced after the National Asset Management Agency, the country’s so-called bad bank, said it will apply an average discount of 47 percent on the first block of loans it is buying from lenders, and the financial regulator set new capital targets. The discount compares with the government’s initial 30 percent estimate. “Our worst fears have been surpassed,” Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said in the parliament in Dublin today. “The detailed information that has emerged from the banks in the course of the process is truly shocking.”"
SOURCE:   Bloomberg

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