The European Central Bank, (ECB) is pictured in Frankfurt/Main, on December 8, 2016. ECB keeps record-low interest rates unchanged. / AFP / DANIEL ROLAND
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The ECB is trying to get banks in those countries to work off their bad loans, but that often means raising capital to absorb the resulting losses.More banks may also need to tap the market for capital in the coming months.Unpaid credit will remain an ECB priority for next year, along with specific types of bank assets such as shipping loans, a $100 billion business for German banks.Even after the ECB lowered its capital requirements from the previous year, the number of banks falling short remained unchanged at five.Once such capital guidance is factored in, the ECB's demands were stable year-on-year at 10.1 percent.
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