ECB Releases Collateral Schedule, Announces Will No Longer Accept Non-Euro Denominated Collateral

Tyler Durden's picture

The ECB just disclosed that it will continue accepting sub-A rated debt as collateral post January 1, 2011, as was widely speculated, merely to facilitiate funding needs of countries which are getting increasingly lower-rated by the rating agencies. Furthermore, the ECB has made it clear that this whole exercise is merely for optical purposes: "The new haircuts will not imply an undue decrease in the collateral available to counterparties." What is notable, however, is that the ECB has highlighted it will no longer accept non euro-denominated collateral after 2010. This is not good for countries which plan on syndicating dollar-denominated debt, as has been recently the case for Portugal, and, currently, Greece. Although in Greece's case we tend to think the country doesn't give a rat's behind about whether new issuance will be eligible, and is much more focused on just avoiding default.

8 April 2010 - ECB introduces graduated valuation haircuts ?for
lower-rated assets in its collateral framework ?as of 1 January 2011

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided
to keep the minimum credit threshold for marketable and non?marketable
assets in the Eurosystem collateral framework at investment-grade level
(i.e. BBB-/Baa3) beyond the end of 2010, except in the case of
asset-backed securities (ABSs). In addition, the Governing Council has
decided to apply, as of 1 January 2011, a schedule of graduated
valuation haircuts to the assets rated in the BBB+ to BBB- range (or
[1] This graduated haircut schedule will replace the uniform haircut add-on of 5% that is currently applied to these assets.

The detailed haircut schedule will be based on the following parameters:

  • The new haircuts will be duly graduated according to differences
    across maturities, liquidity categories and the credit quality of the
    assets concerned.
    The lowest haircuts will apply to the most liquid
    assets with the shortest maturities, while the highest haircuts will
    apply to the least liquid assets with the longest maturities.

  • The new haircuts will be at least as high as the haircut currently
    applied, which is a flat 5% add-on for the assets concerned over the
    haircut that would apply to similar assets with a higher credit quality.

  • No changes will be made to the current haircut schedule foreseen for
    central government debt instruments and possible debt instruments
    issued by central banks that are rated in the above-mentioned range.

  • The new haircuts will not imply an undue decrease in the collateral available to counterparties.

The specific schedule of haircuts will be published in July 2010.

Furthermore, the Governing Council confirmed that the following
instruments will no longer be eligible as collateral as from 1 January

  • marketable debt instruments denominated in currencies other than the
    euro, i.e. the US dollar, the pound sterling and the Japanese yen, and
    issued in the euro area;

  • debt instruments issued by credit institutions, which are traded on the accepted non-regulated markets; and

  • subordinated debt instruments when they are protected by an acceptable guarantee.

precisely, the schedule applies to credit quality step 3 of the
Eurosystem’s harmonised rating scale (available on the ECB’s website),
in which the long-term rating of assets is BBB+/BBB/BBB- by Fitch or
Standard & Poor’s, Baa1/Baa2/Baa3 by Moody’s or BBBH/BBB by DBRS.

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Alexandra Hamilton's picture

Battening down the hatches?

bigdad06's picture

Looks like they are trying to make the Euro the new world reserve currency starting on Jan. 1, 2011. I guess they see the dollar collapsing  sometime this year. WHOOOPPPEEE!!!:))

Buck Johnson's picture

I believe you may be correct on that assessment.  By saying that they won't accept non-euro denominated collateral, is essentially saying the dollar assets are bad and will continue to get bad/collapse.  You may say what about the yen or yuan or whatever.  Those currencies believe it or not rely on the dollar and are tied to them, so if you decided to take yen collateral it may be (no in fact it will be) leveraged to the dollar somehow either through other assets or derivatives.  So if the dollar collapses, it could take that Yen asset with it and you end up with assets from Japan that aren't worth anything.


This is amazing and very quite in the other news agencies.  Someone must know something about the future of the world economy and are slowly and quietly tryign to move and position for the calamity.

KidHorn's picture

No matter. As long as the FED buys stocks and never sells them, we'll continue to go up on low volume forever.

doolittlegeorge's picture

I don't see why Greece doesn't dollarize their economy.  Our interest rates are basically zero and needless to say "they're not going up ever."  Sure your stuck with the likes of Lebanon and El Salvador--but is the IMF really an option?  I think it was the Koreans in 1998 who coined the phrase "I Am F*****" as what the IMF really stood for.

kleeee's picture

Why everyone thinks the Fed is melting up the market

When people (the market) are basically forced to buy something.

The market will continue to go up as long as the money is floating like crazy.