Tag Archives: ECB

U.S., Europe Nowhere Close to Ending Crisis, Krugman Says


By Gordana Filipovic – “Europe must accept there are limits to austerity and that additional austerity won’t do anything but bring societies on the verge of collapse,” said Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, an economics professor at Princeton University. “No country will have prosperity until Germany and the ECB have decided that too much pain has been inflicted.”

In the U.S., where the recovery is struggling to gain traction, new fiscal stimulus should be “directed to distressed individuals” rather than companies, Krugman said. more> http://tinyurl.com/9j4prhw

Europe’s new banking plan gets cool German response


By Claire Davenport – The European Commission unveiled sweeping plans for the European Central Bank to supervise all euro zone banks on Wednesday (Sep 12), though Germany immediately raised objections that the proposals risked overstretching the ECB.

The reforms, which need to be approved by the European Union’s 27 member states, aim to break the link between struggling banks and heavily indebted governments, an interdependence that has exacerbated the debt crisis over the past three years.

By empowering the ECB to police all banks in the euro zone, the proposal hopes to break the vicious cycle and then lay the ground for deeper fiscal cooperation across the EU. more> http://tinyurl.com/9rnemyp

Why a Euro-Zone Crisis Can’t Be Avoided Very Much Longer


By Michael Sivy – Stocks rallied powerfully late last week after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi declared that the ECB stands ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro.

There are three seemingly unavoidable problems:

  • The next round of losses in Greece cannot be charged mostly to private-sector lenders
  • Austerity and ECB lending have not been able to hold down interest rates
  • The growing magnitude of the problem will run up against political constraints

Both France and the Netherlands, which supported and helped pay for previous bailouts, now have financial problems of their own. And resistance is growing in Germany against taking on further liabilities. more> http://tinyurl.com/cdajo5u

Funding options wane as debt crisis intensifies


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By Kirsten Donovan – The latest escalation of the euro zone debt crisis, with Spain now taking centre stage, is closing funding markets for banks again.

“If you parked the ECB cash in government bonds then you’re losing money if you need to sell them to repay your own bondholders,” said Rabobank rate strategist Lyn Graham-Taylor.

“That has to worry banks. Effectively sovereigns and banks in Spain and Italy have become ever more closely tied together through the (ECB’s three-year tenders).” more> http://tinyurl.com/7sv48a2

Who is paying for the financial crisis?


European Central Bank

European Central Bank (Photo credit: kumbarov)

New Europe – The real money has come from the European Central Bank (ECB), which handed €1 trillion to the Eurozone‘s banks. It was this trillion euro that paid for Greece‘s debts, rather than German taxpayers, and this is how – the ‘liquidity’ loans from the ECB went to 800 banks at a negligible interest rate of 1%.

In total, these lenders are expected to make a windfall profit of €300bn, just by lending the trillion euro during this period of time. The profits made will be enough to pay for the losses on Greece’s debt or any other Eurozone sinner’s default.

Clever? We don’t think so, because actually, it will be the Eurozone citizens who will foot the bill through higher inflation or via a necessary capital increase in the ECB to cover for the central bank’s losses from loans that will not be repaid – even if all those loans are paid back to the ECB, the fact remains that the borrowing banks will make profits of €300bn just by exploiting the trillion for three years. more> http://is.gd/dDAZ71

France, Germany clash over ECB role to stem crisis


By Nicholas Vinocur and James Mackenzie – Facing rising borrowing costs as its AAA credit rating comes under threat, France appeared to plead for stronger ECB action, adding to mounting global pressure spelled out by President Barack Obama.

Bond market contagion is spreading across Europe. Italian 10-year bond yields have risen above 7 percent, unaffordable in the long term. Yields on bonds issued by France, the Netherlands and Austria — which along with Germany form the core of the euro zone — have also climbed. more> http://twurl.nl/2u0aur