Marginal Lending Facility Borrowings Plunge - Is The European Liquidity Situation Back To Normal?
After having surged for 6 days starting with a major jump on February 16, from €1.2 billion to €15.8 billion, borrowings under the ECB's 1.75% Marginal Borrowing Facility plunged overnight from €14.9 billion to €2.2 billion. As was reported previously, the supposedly responsible banks for this surge in borrowings were Ireland's two most insolvent financial entities: "The FT reports that "Anglo Irish Bank and the Irish Nationwide
Building Society, Ireland’s two most troubled lenders, were behind a
spike in overnight borrowings this week from the European Central Bank,
according to people familiar with the transactions." A senior figure familiar with the transaction said it was “to facilitate” the sale of deposits by Anglo Irish and Irish Nationwide under the restructuring plan. Under the ECB’s normal refinancing operations, the collateral is locked up for a week. Tapping the ECB’s overnight or “marginal lending” facility, although more expensive “gives the banks the freedom to have the assets at their disposal immediately if there is a quick sale" he said." So does this mean that AIB and the INBS have completed their asset sales and the collateral has been unwound from overnight activity? That would be the logical explanation, especially as today is an important day for Ireland with Enda Kenny expected to become Taoiseach imminently. What will be curious is if the MLP borrowings surge once again in the coming days: at that point the "Irish" excuse will no longer be applicable.
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