Excessive lending, diminishing opportunities for global funding, and deflating asset prices are increasing pressures on loan quality at banks in the United States and in 15 other countries, according to Standard & Poor's.

In a report issued this week, the rating agency said that though banking systems in the United States, Chile, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Panama, Singapore, and Taiwan are "apparently robust," they are increasingly vulnerable to an economic downturn.

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