Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

Cyprus banks struggling to regain trust

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Cyprus banks have been struggling to regain public trust since the 2013 financial crisis, according to the latest Stockwatch survey of some 600 households.

News site Stockwatch’s latest survey, conducted three times a year since 2013, revealed that Cypriot consumers’ trust in local banks has slightly improved compared to December 2021, from an overall 4.63 to 4.66 out of ten. Data shows the climate for banks remains stable amid the coronaviru­s pandemic and the lifting of measures, but banks scored lower than what they did in 2018 when they registered an overall 4.95.

For the first time, the survey did not include now-defunct RCB Bank, as it was forced to close its banking operations after being indirectly hit by sanctions on Russian businesses and interests. Stockwatch said: “While there is no significan­t difference in the overall ratings, there is an increase in the reliabilit­y ratings and a significan­t decrease in the recommenda­tion ratings”.

Consumers were asked whether they found the seven Cypriot banking organisati­ons trustworth­y and whether they would recommend them. The answers were given on a scale from 0 to 10.

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