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HSBC profits halved by coronavirus pandemic impact

HSBC profits halved by coronavirus pandemic impact
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The London-headquartered bank warned that the negative effect of the pandemic on the global economy would mean an increase in the number of bad loans.

It also said that there would be sustained pressure on the bank s earnings as customer activity falls and lower central bank interest rates hit profitability.

In February HSBC said it would scale back its headcount from 235,000 to about 200,000 over the next three years.

The move is part of the a restructuring programme as it targets $4.5bn of cost cuts by 2022.

Last week the bank said it was pushing ahead with those restructuring plans but had halted job cuts to avoid disruption and leaving staff unable to find work elsewhere due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Separately, in a note to employees earlier this month HSBC s chief executive Noel Quinn said he would donate a quarter of his base salary for the next six months to charity, which works out at £160,000. He will not take his annual cash bonus, which would have been up to £1.2m.

Chief financial officer Ewen Stevenson said he would do the same, donating £93,000 and forgoing £706,000, while chairman Mark Tucker will donate his entire 2020 fee to charity, about £1.5m.

It came as senior executives and board members at other major UK banks, including RBS and Lloyds, agreed to give up their bonuses for this year.
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