As ECB's Stark Warns Contagion Has Spread To Euro Core, Bank Cash Parked With ECB Soars At Fastest Rate In Years
The Germans at the ECB, which just refuse to die, have been let out of the cage, and are making loud statements. ECB policymaker Juergen Stark warned on Monday the sovereign debt crisis had spread from the euro zone's periphery to its core economies and was affecting economies outside of Europe, according to Reuters. "These are very challenging times... The sovereign debt crisis has re-intensified and is now spreading over to other countries including so-called core countries. This is a new phenomenon," Stark said in a speech to Ireland's Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin. "The sovereign debt crisis is not only concentrated in Europe, most advanced economies are facing serious problems with their public debt." Naturally this is not news to anyone, and certainly not to European banks, which have seen their deposits with the ECB (or a safe haven for any cash within the European interbank system) rise at the fastest rate in years, if not ever, since the last MRO. It has taken just 11 days to go from €73 billion on November 8, post the most recent LT liquidity operation, to €237 billion. We expect the total to surpass the two years high of €300 billion in under 5 days.