Behind The Scenes Liquidity Scramble In Europe? One Bank Borrows $500MM In Emergency Cash From ECB
So the conventional herd wisdom is that following last week's near implosion, Europe is now suddenly supposed to be fixed? Perhaps. Perhaps not. According to the just released results of the ECB's tender operation for emergency 7 day liquidity, arguably the closest the ECB has to a dollar denominated discount window (and the associated stigmata upon borrowing), just one bank borrowed $500 million in a 7 day liquidity providing operation at a 1.1% rate. Why is this notable? Because as the chart below indicates, there had been no borrowing under this facility since March 2011, and the last time there was a sizable borrowing under the 7 Day OT was back in May 2010, when Europe was blowing up for the first time and the ECB was scrambling like a headless chicken to contain the contagion fires. So the question now is which (French? Italian?) bank is still caught with its pants down and is crawling to the ECB for what is a quite sizable $-based capital injection (this same bank is certainly using the ECB's various other liquidity providing lines of credit).
Today's tender result:
And a historical chart:
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