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Banks Have Had Their Share Of COVID-19, Reduces Rates, Now Introducing New Strategies

Posted by Osei Agyemang

Each and everybody has a story to tell with respect to the impact COVID-19 has brought upon the world. For all intents and purposes, all people and organizations have been profoundly ‘cut’ by the pandemic so much that, even one of the principle ‘engines’ of an economy, the banking sector has had a lot of the cake.

Many workers of banks have been laid off, with others’ pay sliced to the barest money. So if you’re earning about $800, it is now reduced to $500, which obviously, will go far to affect expenditure. That is not all – the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic have completely hindered financial business and expanded danger of effect on even credit executions.

The pandemic has also negatively affected every single economy as activities had taken a downturn with growth contrasted with the past. Most economies have had zero money inflows during the pendency of the pandemic.

Since COVID-19 has no expiry date, it will take any longer for organizations and family units to come back to normal tasks with its noteworthy effect on the capacity to perform on existing commitment bringing about an uplifted likelihood of expanded non-performing loans.

Most banks have introduced policy initiatives to redirect the trajectory of credit expansion and the Banking Regulator to proactively balance the need for regulatory prudence and inertia post-COVID-19.

Indeed, even the enormous banks in the world like Canada Central Bank, Bank of England, American Federal Reserve Bank and many others have slice their interest rates to demonstrate backing to the clients base.

Canada’s Central Bank made an unscheduled announcement of a cut to its main lending rate to a new level of 0.75%. The American Federal Reserve Bank also lowered its rate to near zero with rates from 0.00 to 0.25 per cent.

In light of the circumstance available, larger part of the banking sector have started to forcefully drive the digital plan while urging clients to hop onto the digital train using numerous channels like Mobile Apps, USSDs, Internet Banking, and ATMs to facilitate transactions.

Bouncing on to the digitization of banking is because of social/physical distancing measure the world is practicing. Indeed, the circumstance presents monetary organizations with the open door for advanced change both at the front and back-office levels.

This, if done adequately, could bring about effective help conveyance, snappier pivot time and improvement in the general assistance experience for bank clients.

As at now, such a significant number of these financial institutions have begun putting resources into huge and costly buildings to accommodate employees, as banks have discovered ways for laborers to work all the more remotely. This will decrease the working expenses of banks since lesser costs on utilities and devaluation are brought about. The old methods of banking operations is step by step becoming dull because of the pandemic.

High Non-Performing Loans and high working expenses are a portion of the unfriendly effects on be conceived by financial entities because of COVID-19, if new procedures are not presented.

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