Standard Chartered's Bad Loan Charges Surpass HSBC's: Chart

How big of a challenge faces Standard Chartered Plc Chief Executive Officer Bill Winters? His bank took a bigger hit on bad debt last year than HSBC Holdings Plc, despite HSBC having three-and-a-half times as many loans on its balance sheet. While both banks suffered from a slowdown in Asian markets and a drop in commodity prices, Standard Chartered reported $5 billion of provisions against bad loans in 2015, much of that from loans it made in previous years that the lender now views as too risky. That total surpassed HSBC’s $3.7 billion for the first time on record.

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