ECB Discount Window Borrowings Surge

The ECB's equivalent of the Discount Window, the Marginal Lending Facility, has seen a spike in borrowings over the past two weeks. As of May 12, total borrowings were €4 billion, after hitting €4.4 billion the night before, the second highest amount borrowed by European banks since an errant print of €5.2 billion in January 19, which was more of a liquidity rebalancing instead of an actual indication of short-term liquidity demand. As we disclosed previously, we are keeping a close eye on this indicator as it is the best determination of the funding and liquidity problems gripping Europe. And as the chart shows, beginning in May, more and more banks are now relying on the ECB for overnight liquidity.