Slovenian central bank recommends stricter conditions for consumer loans

Slovenian central bank recommends stricter conditions for consumer loans
By bne IntelliNews November 6, 2018

The Slovenian central bank said it has recommended that banks should impose stricter conditions on consumer loans, in order to prevent the relaxation of credit standards and improve banks’ resilience.

The decision was prompted by the high growth in consumer loans of longer maturities which could result in difficulties in their repayment should the economic cycle reverse.

“The Bank of Slovenia’s assessment is that the risks in the consumer loan market are currently moderate and manageable, which is partly attributable to the favourable economic climate,” the central bank said.

"However, there has been high growth in consumer loans for some time now. The factors on the supply side (low interest rates, banks’ high capital adequacy, etc.) and on the demand side (low household indebtedness, good economic climate, high employment, etc.) are still favourable, for which reason relatively high growth in consumer lending is also expected in the future."

The central bank recommended that the debt service-to-income ratio should not exceed 50% for people with a monthly income of up to 1,700 and 67% for those with income above 1,700. It is also recommended that the maturity of new consumer loans should not exceed 120 months.

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