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Here’s Why The Student Loan Market Is Completely Insane – Businessweek

Senate Republicans block consideration of student loan bill – CBS News

But the administrations efforts dont address a more fundamental problem: These loans arent calibrated for risk. In other words, students from Harvard and less-prestigious regional colleges are thrown in the same bucket, despite quite different risk profiles. Under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) rules governing the insurance of banks, lenders cant differentiate among schools in assessing credit risk as they do with home buyers and car owners. As a result, the government has made it difficult for banks to price to default rates, says Mike Cagney, founder of Social Finance, a socially based student lending operation known informally as SoFi. By accepting FDIC insurance, banks lose pricing flexibility and cant charge interest rates commensurate with the quality of schoolsand default rates vary widely by schools. SoFi has funded more than $650 million in loans to 7,000 borrowers since its founding in 2011. Says Cagney: The definition of a predatory lender is someone who pushes loans on an individual who cant afford to pay them back.Under that definition, many of the educational loans made today could be considered predatory. Despite other economic recoveries, including lower delinquency rates in every other type of loan (housing, auto, credit card), the problem in the student loan market is definitely getting worse. In the past few years, default rates have increased every single year: But these averages come from awidedisparity in the types of colleges people go to. For example, default rates at such places as Stanford, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Yale are all less than 2 percent. Not surprisingly, graduates from these schools command high salaries in the job market.
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Victim Spreads Word on Payday Loan Scam, Don’t Be Next – ABC News

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If youre a student, good luck. Casting an eye toward the midterm elections, Obama also told parents and students to watch how senators vote on the bill and urged consequences for irresponsible behavior. I want Americans to pay attention to see where their lawmakers priorities lie here, Obama said. Lower tax bills for millionaires or lower student-loan bills for the middle class. This should be a no-brainer. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who opposes the Warren bill, said in an interview that Obama and congressional Democrats are playing politics with the issue. Alexander said he wants bipartisan cooperation on the issue, pointing to a bill proposed last year that would cap interest rates at 8.25 percent. Alexander said he thinks that the Democratic bill would amount to a taxpayer subsidy of individual student loan debt. He compared the average graduates debt level of $27,000 to the price of a car. Its the best investment that a persons ever likely to make, Alexander said. They dont think twice about it when they buy a car and the car depreciates the day you drive it off the dealership. In other steps, Obama ordered the Education Department to renegotiate its contract with loan providers so they will give financial incentives to borrowers who pay their loans on time.
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I asked them why they couldnt just deposit the loan money into my bank account, but the lending representative said it was against federal regulations. So, I got the card and scratched off the number on the back and read it to him over the phone. He said the funds would be available in a half-hour. Twenty minutes later, he called back and said my Social Security number was red-flagged and the money couldnt be sent. He said he could remove the red flag for $500 a figure that their lawyer later lowered to $203. At that point, I said I wanted my $195 back, but then they threatened to sue me for the balance of the loan — a loan I never received. I realize now this was a scam, and I have closed my bank account. They probably have done this to many other unsuspecting victims who are just trying to make ends meet. – Kevin Whitney, Philadelphia, Penn.
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Obama extends caps on student loan payments to about 5 million people – The Washington Post

Does it work for those who can hire armies of lobbyists to make sure that every single loophole in the tax code is protected for them? Or does it work for young people who are trying to get started in life?” But Republicans called the bill a “political stunt” that would do nothing to help future students. “The Senate Democrats’ bill really isn’t about students at all, its really all about Senate Democrats, because Senate Democrats don’t actually want a solution for their students, they want an issue to campaign on to save their own hides this November,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. McConnell and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, both said it also fails to address the root of the problem. “This is not a serious proposal. It’s not going to help people. College graduates don’t need a dollar a day tax subsidy to pay off their loan. They need a job…and they’re experiencing right now the worst situation for finding a job that they’ve seen in a long, long time,” Alexander said. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., however, said that the mounting student loan burden – more than $1 trillion across the economy – prevents college graduates from being able to otherwise move on with their lives by getting married or purchasing homes.
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Student loan debate gets edgier

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Loan Company Demands Payment, Family Has Proof They Already Paid – Abc News

Everyone has role in fighting loan sharks

– Jennifer Martens, North Aurora, Ill. Dear Jennifer: If Franz Kafka were alive today, we’re thinking this Ocwen story would make a nice plotline: You had your loan servicer unwittingly switched, but you paid your bills. Ocwen’s own account statements said you paid your bills, and your bank said you paid your bills and then Ocwen said you didn’t pay your bills. And then Ocwen said they could see that you did pay your bills, but they couldn’t make their computer say you paid your bills. What a headache. Seriously, though, your account was pretty screwed up. When the ABC News Fixer contacted them about the problem, Ocwen told us they had escalated the case and were urgently trying to fix it. The good news is you had plenty of documentation showing you had made your loan payments on time. It took about a month, but eventually Ocwen was able to get your account properly credited and remove the threat of foreclosure.
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CDB to Loan LDK Solar $320 Million

Since 2008, grant aid per full-time enrolled student has increased over 30 percent. Between the 2007-08 academic year and the 2012-13 academic year, federal grant aid doubled in real terms, and state grant aid increased 11 percent. [8] Pell Grant funding, which is available to income-eligible students and does not have to be repaid, has more than doubled in real terms since the 2002-03 academic year, increasing from $14.8 billion to $32.3 billion. [9] Increases in total Pell expenditures are due in large part to increases in the number of grant recipients, which has grown from 4 million during the 1992-93 academic year to 8.8 million during the 2012-13 academic year, [10] nearly doubling in the past decade. Student debt. Approximately 60 percent of students who earned a bachelors degree during the 2011-12 academic year left school more than $26,000 in debt. [11] Total cumulative student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion, which, as is often noted, is more than cumulative credit card debt. Increases in College Costs Increases in debt have been driven by increases in college costs. In the last 30 years, inflation-adjusted tuition and fees at private colleges increased by 153 percent; tuition and fees at public universities for in-state students increased 231 percent. [12] College costs have risen more than health care costsby some estimates, twice as much [13] and faster than increases in the price of food.
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Businesses can do it. Even local governments can refinance their debts when interest rates are low. But most people have no options for their student loans,” Warren said in an email to supporters this week. “The idea behind this bill is simple. Last year, Republicans and Democrats came together to lower the interest rates on new undergraduate loans to 3.8%. But nothing was done for the millions of people who have older student loans at 6%, 8%, 10% and even higher interest rates. They were just stuck paying — and paying and paying.” Which is why Warren’s bill would allow people to refinance student loans under the current rates. It would also allow those who have student loan debt through private financial institutions to refinance it under the federal program, under the lower interest rates. In proposing the bill, Warren pointed to a report released by the Government Accountability Office in January which determined that based on the student loans issued between 2007 and 2012, the federal government stood to profit to the tune of $66 billion from the interest alone.
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Cov-lite Loan Controversy Fades To Whisper While Portfolio Managers Chase Yield – Forbes

English: The door to the walk-in vault in the ...

Now cov-lite loans are accessible for most levered issuers. In 2006 and 2007, only 24.5 percent and 32.7% percent of cov-lite issuers were rated single-B or below, compared with 57% last year, said the DDJ report. Cov-lite loans also represented a much smaller percentage of the whole during the last cycle 7.4 percent of new issuance in 2006 and 25 percent in 2007, the report said. What few argue with is the fact that cov-lite contributes to the erosion of total returns since holders lose the ability to reprice a loan when its risk profile deteriorates. Those loans in turn trade poorly and create paper losses for mark-to-market portfolios. Despite potential pitfalls, avoiding cov-lite deals altogether doesnt make sense now, especially with no near-term default catalyst, sources said. The low default expectation is in part because so few covenants are out there to trip up borrowers, and also because hardly any corporate issuers have maturities over the next few years courtesy of the flood of refinancings over the last several years. For some, the takeaway is that if youre basing your decisions on covenants, rather than credit analysis, youre going to lose, one portfolio manager said. This post is brought to you by Debtwire, a Mergermarket company and the leading provider of real-time intelligence, analysis and data on distressed debt, leveraged finance and asset-backed markets.
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As Democrats push for vote on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan debt refinancing bill, dozens of groups step up to endorse it | masslive.com

In turn, this may result in an increase in loan-shark harassment. A better approach would be to partner family service centres and voluntary welfare organisations to educate the public on the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. In Britain, some primary and secondary schools include this topic in their character and citizenship syllabus. Children are also taught the difference between debt and credit, and how to manage their money wisely. The hope is that the children can share what they have learnt with their parents, who can then make better financial decisions. Of course, parents too have a role to play in educating their children not to take part in loan-sharking activities. They can remind their children of the severity of the offences and intervene if their children display signs of involvement. TV advertisements can serve a similar warning role. Perhaps there could be a documentary where former loan-shark borrowers talk about their experiences.
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The company has lost a huge amount of marketshare and its billion dollar poly plant remains shut, as it is not economically viable. Improvement in technology has made this plant obsolete and the company has not been generating profits. The companys share were delisted from NYSE and the company sold equity stakes to Chinese state funds for a pittance, as it was desperate to raise cash to run operations. NoteSuntech(STP) has already become bankrupt, with most of its assets sold to Shunfeng. Bankruptcy in China remains a hazy process as state owned funds keep running even zombie companies to protect jobs. LDK Solar (NYSEARCA:TAN)was the largest solar wafer producer and had diversified into all parts of the supply chain. But increasing competition from the like of GCL Poly eroded its competitive position and its huge pile of debt made operations almost impossible.$64 millionof the loan will be used to resurrect the dead poly plant that LDK had built over the last 3-4 years. The plant never ran to even half of its capacity as price of poly went below $20/kg. LDK had no money to improve the equipment. I think it is a bad move on the part of the banks to pour more money into a company that has already defaulted on $3 billion of debt.
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Rlpc-rosneft Loan Going Ahead Despite Uk Banks’ Exit – Bankers | Reuters

Home loan basics for first timers | Free Malaysia Today

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Rosneft and London-based BP, via a specially created company, are trying to complete the financing which is backed by the Russian group’s future oil production. Rosneft, BP and Lloyds declined to comment while HSBC could not immediately be reached for comment. Lloyds is 25 percent-owned by the British government, which has repeatedly condemned Russia over its annexation of Crimea in March and accused it of involvement in a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies the charges but Rosneft chief Igor Sechin has been hit by U.S. sanctions as part of a broader move to punish Russia for its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The loan was launched to banks in late November at $5 billion but progress has been slow and it was reduced to up to $2 billion in April. Bankers said the deal still has enough support from lenders to go ahead despite the loss of Lloyds, which walked away this week followed by HSBC. “All the other banks are still in the deal, I don’t think it will have any impact, we are surprised they were there in the first place,” a second banker said. In April Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 80 percent owned by the British government, also walked away from a $1 billion club loan for Russian petrochemicals company Sibur. Bankers are watching to see whether Deutsche Bank will continue to support the deal but said the lender was not under the same political pressure as British banks. Germany, which is a major importer of Russian natural gas, has often been more cautious towards Moscow than Britain, which gets most of its gas from the North Sea and Qatar.
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Cov-lite Loan Controversy Fades To Whisper While Portfolio Managers Chase Yield – Forbes

English: The door to the walk-in vault in the ...

These days, more and more banks are moving towards semi-flexi loans, with some offering to waive maintenance fees and advance payment notices. whilst maintaining attractive interest rates. Keep in mind that not all of the offers are in black and white and details could vary depending on your income and credit score. Always double check with the loan officer and dont be afraid to ask for extra privileges. Remember: if you dont ask, you dont get. Regardless of which type of loan you choose, make sure its really the right one for you because youll be subject to a lock-in period with your lender for two to three years. This means you will not be able to refinance your property with another bank, nor settle your loan in full. Doing so will usually incur a 2-3% penalty based on your initial property financing. Other costs to note Purchasing a property can come with hidden costs.
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How to Get Approved For a Car Loan with Bad Credit and No Cosigner? – Business Updates – Dacula, GA Patch

Many veteran loan managers once fixated on preserving covenant culture have surrendered to the new environment as the need to put money to work outweighs hunger for tighter loan structures. We just have to stick to our basics and do our credit work, one portfolio manager commented. The market is what it is and we have to go with whats out there. Still, its a matter of debate as to whether the superior performance of cov-lite loans during the 2007-08 default cycle is repeatable. Cov-lite apologists rely on data from that cycle showing that first lien cov-lite loans defaulted at a lower rate than the overall market, and, when they defaulted provided better recoveries, according to a special report published by DDJ Capital Management , citing data from Moodys Investors Service and S&P Leveraged Commentary & Data . But a host of factors imply that the market should not necessarily expect a repetition in the next cycleof any superior performance stats the 2008 cycle spawned, and that isolating a cov-lite effect is virtually impossible, several investors noted in interviews with Debtwire . For one, the drastic central bank intervention in the financial system beginning in 2008 quickly stabilized then helped improve the economy. That action, which helped cut off distress before it pushed more levered companies into restructuring, is unlikely to be repeated in future cycles. The differences between then and now also include the quality of the cov-lite component of the market which has broadened substantially.
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Student Loan Servicing: The Borrower’s Experience

Loans can now be insured so the fear of bankruptcy has reduced. Get Guaranteed Approval on Pre-Approved Car Loans for Bad Credit In order to avail a loan one must know how to get approved for a car loan. A loan provider will ideally ask for the financial status of a person based on which he will sanction a loan to the applicant. In case of students there is not financial status available. In such cases the student has to be registered with a college or university and based on the chances of employment loans are given to students. There has been an increasing craze among students to become car owners. However in general students need to have pre approved auto loans for bad credit if they have to avail a loan. This is because they have no credit worthiness and banks are not ready to give them loans. However finance companies operating on the internet can give loans on the basis of their employment potential. Steps of availing a car loan with bad credit history The major steps which can show how to get pre approved for a car loan are: The loan seeker needs to find an internet based finance company that disburses pre approved car loans for bad credit. The loan seeker must also contact a lawyer who can highlight the minimal credit worthiness of the person applying for a loan.
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In 2014, the $33 billion Pell Grant program provided grants to 9 million college students, making it the largest share of the federal education budget. [14] Congress grew the Pell Grant program in 2007 by expanding eligibility and funding, resulting in a doubling of the number of Pell recipients since 2008. In order to control higher education spending, Pell Grant funding should be targeted to the low-income students the grants were originally intended to help. In addition, as long as the federal government finances federal student loans, it should use fair-value accounting practices to get an accurate measure of what these programs are costing taxpayers, to ensure the loans use a non-subsidizing interest rate. Fair-Value Accounting In a report released last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) calculated that the four largest federal student loan programsSubsidized Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, and Parent PLUS Loanswill cost taxpayers money, not result in a net gain (a negative subsidy) for the federal government as is often claimed. While the report states that the four loan programs will yield a savings of about $135 billion from 2015-24, CBO calculates in the same report that using fair-value accounting measures, the four loans would actually have a net cost of $88 billion over the next 10 years, not including administrative costs. In other words, the four largest student loan programs represent an $88 billion taxpayer-financed subsidy. [15] CBO explains the utility of using a fair-value accounting model to fully understand the cost of federal lending, noting that The government is exposed to market risk when the economy is weak because borrowers default on their debt obligations more frequently and recoveries from borrowers are lower. [16] Fair-value estimates take this market risk into account, and as a result, are a more accurate reflection of the cost of federal student loans. Congress should not expand federal student loans without requiring that fair-value accounting be used to calculate the cost of those loans. Any loan program should use a non-subsidizing interest rate, e.g., the rate at which the program breaks even; absent fair-value accounting, it is impossible to tell the extent to which the student loan programs are providing a subsidy to borrowers.
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CDB to Loan LDK Solar $320 Million

The companys share were delisted from NYSE and the company sold equity stakes to Chinese state funds for a pittance, as it was desperate to raise cash to run operations. NoteSuntech(STP) has already become bankrupt, with most of its assets sold to Shunfeng. Bankruptcy in China remains a hazy process as state owned funds keep running even zombie companies to protect jobs. LDK Solar (NYSEARCA:TAN)was the largest solar wafer producer and had diversified into all parts of the supply chain. But increasing competition from the like of GCL Poly eroded its competitive position and its huge pile of debt made operations almost impossible.$64 millionof the loan will be used to resurrect the dead poly plant that LDK had built over the last 3-4 years. The plant never ran to even half of its capacity as price of poly went below $20/kg. LDK had no money to improve the equipment. I think it is a bad move on the part of the banks to pour more money into a company that has already defaulted on $3 billion of debt. The company should be sold off to other more capable companies, which can make use of the capital equipment.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.wallstreetsectorselector.com/investment-articles/analyst-desk/2014/06/cdb-loan-ldk-solar-320-million/

Student Loan Servicing: The Borrower’s Experience

Everyone has role in fighting loan sharks

Average tuition at four-year public institutions for out-of-state students reached $22,200 this academic year, and at private universities, average tuition now exceeds $30,000 annually. [3] Many students leave with a bachelors degree in hand, but burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Worse still, many students leave college without graduating, burdened with debt and lacking the paper credential they had hoped would put them on a path toward middle-class stability or better. Well-intentioned federal policies have failed to drive down college costs. An easy flow of federal student aid has enabled students to take out sizeable student loans, with little if any credit check or consideration of their future earnings potential. Some have even argued that such policies have enabled universities to raise tuition, [4] creating a vicious lending and spending cycle. Increases in Federal Higher Education Subsidies Federal higher education subsidies have increased substantially over the past decade, and now represent 71 percent of all student aid. [5] Federal student loans. According to the College Board, during the 2012-13 academic year, 43 percent of all student aid was in the form of federal student loans. [6] Thirty-four percent of undergraduate students took out federal student loans that year, up from 24 percent during the 2002-03 academic year.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/2014/06/student-loan-servicing-the-borrowers-experience

RLPC-Rosneft loan going ahead despite UK banks’ exit – bankers
| Reuters

While some borrowers turn to loan sharks to feed their gambling habit, there are those who do so because of a genuine financial need, such as having to pay the medical bills of a sick family member. Making borrowing a crime may discourage borrowers from reporting loan-shark harassment or coming forward to seek help. In turn, this may result in an increase in loan-shark harassment. A better approach would be to partner family service centres and voluntary welfare organisations to educate the public on the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. In Britain, some primary and secondary schools include this topic in their character and citizenship syllabus. Children are also taught the difference between debt and credit, and how to manage their money wisely. The hope is that the children can share what they have learnt with their parents, who can then make better financial decisions. Of course, parents too have a role to play in educating their children not to take part in loan-sharking activities. They can remind their children of the severity of the offences and intervene if their children display signs of involvement.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/everyone-has-role-fighting-loan-sharks-20140606

CDB to Loan LDK Solar $320 Million

However, thats where students can run into trouble. Since the government has passed the buck, what is a student to do if the company handling the loan messes up? You need to be vigilant What Student Loan Servicers Do The student loan servicing companies are designated by the Department of Education to collects payments, responds to customer service inquiries, and perform other administrative tasks associated with maintaining a federal student loan. Once you apply for a Federal Student loan, the Department of Education assigns your loan to one of its designated loan servicing companies. These companies will disperse the loan to your school, send your statements, and then collect your payments once you graduate. These companies are also the ones that can help with different student loan repayment plans, as well as deferment and forbearance needs. Finally, they are also the ones that will try to collect on loans that havent been paid, including reporting borrowers to the credit bureaus and seeking wage garnishments. These companies are essentially the paperwork keepers for your student loan. How Student Loan Companies CanAccidentallyHurt Borrowers Credit Scores Its the last area that these companies can really impact student loan borrowers these are the companies that report borrowers to the credit bureaus and seek repayment on student loan debt.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertfarrington/2014/06/03/is-your-student-loan-servicer-ruining-your-credit/

Is Your Student Loan Servicer Ruining Your Credit? – Forbes

“Right now, homeowners can do it. Businesses can do it. Even local governments can refinance their debts when interest rates are low. But most people have no options for their student loans,” Warren said in an email to supporters this week. “The idea behind this bill is simple. Last year, Republicans and Democrats came together to lower the interest rates on new undergraduate loans to 3.8%. But nothing was done for the millions of people who have older student loans at 6%, 8%, 10% and even higher interest rates. They were just stuck paying — and paying and paying.” Which is why Warren’s bill would allow people to refinance student loans under the current rates. It would also allow those who have student loan debt through private financial institutions to refinance it under the federal program, under the lower interest rates. In proposing the bill, Warren pointed to a report released by the Government Accountability Office in January which determined that based on the student loans issued between 2007 and 2012, the federal government stood to profit to the tune of $66 billion from the interest alone.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/as_democrats_push_for_vote_on.html

As Democrats push for vote on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan debt refinancing bill, dozens of groups step up to endorse it | masslive.com

The company has lost a huge amount of marketshare and its billion dollar poly plant remains shut, as it is not economically viable. Improvement in technology has made this plant obsolete and the company has not been generating profits. The companys share were delisted from NYSE and the company sold equity stakes to Chinese state funds for a pittance, as it was desperate to raise cash to run operations. NoteSuntech(STP) has already become bankrupt, with most of its assets sold to Shunfeng. Bankruptcy in China remains a hazy process as state owned funds keep running even zombie companies to protect jobs. LDK Solar (NYSEARCA:TAN)was the largest solar wafer producer and had diversified into all parts of the supply chain. But increasing competition from the like of GCL Poly eroded its competitive position and its huge pile of debt made operations almost impossible.$64 millionof the loan will be used to resurrect the dead poly plant that LDK had built over the last 3-4 years. The plant never ran to even half of its capacity as price of poly went below $20/kg. LDK had no money to improve the equipment. I think it is a bad move on the part of the banks to pour more money into a company that has already defaulted on $3 billion of debt. The company should be sold off to other more capable companies, which can make use of the capital equipment.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.wallstreetsectorselector.com/investment-articles/analyst-desk/2014/06/cdb-loan-ldk-solar-320-million/

Moscow denies the charges but Rosneft chief Igor Sechin has been hit by U.S. sanctions as part of a broader move to punish Russia for its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The loan was launched to banks in late November at $5 billion but progress has been slow and it was reduced to up to $2 billion in April. Bankers said the deal still has enough support from lenders to go ahead despite the loss of Lloyds, which walked away this week followed by HSBC. “All the other banks are still in the deal, I don’t think it will have any impact, we are surprised they were there in the first place,” a second banker said. In April Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 80 percent owned by the British government, also walked away from a $1 billion club loan for Russian petrochemicals company Sibur. Bankers are watching to see whether Deutsche Bank will continue to support the deal but said the lender was not under the same political pressure as British banks. Germany, which is a major importer of Russian natural gas, has often been more cautious towards Moscow than Britain, which gets most of its gas from the North Sea and Qatar. “Germany has a greater energy dependency on Russia than the UK,” the first banker said.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/05/idUSL6N0OM3HS20140605