Funding squeeze for European banks get worse
December 7, 2011
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Zero Hedge reports today on the worsening funding situation for European banks. The demand for cheap dollars were strong, not surprising, given the favorable terms:
As expected, virtually everyone, or a total of 39 banks (compared to 2 the week prior), scrambled to receive dollars from the ECB following the cut in the USD swap line rate from OIS + 100 to OIS + 50. Specifically, $50.7 billion in 84 day swaps (34 banks asking for dollars at a new and reduced rate of 0.59%) and $1.6 billion in 7 day swaps (5 banks at 0.58%) was just opened for a total of $52.3 billion. The expectation had been that just about $10 billion would be demanded, indicating how close to the cliff Europe’s banks had been.
However, Zero Hedge also notes that … the funding squeeze has now shifted away from USDs and is impacting the EUR market itself, something the Fed has no control over.