Monday, May 31, 2010

ECB reports on financial stability, warns of "contagion"

by Bill McBride on 5/31/2010 04:02:00 PM

The ECB released the twice yearly Finanical Stability Review report today. Here are couple of articles about the report:

From the Financial Times: ECB warns of ‘hazardous contagion’

The eurozone’s financial sector and economy are facing “hazardous contagion” effects from the region’s debt crisis, according to the European Central Bank ... Taking into account writedowns already reported and loan loss provisions, some €90bn of writedowns have yet to feed through, it said. For 2011, it expected banks would have to make additional loan-loss provisions of about €105.
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There is also a video discussion with Martin Wolf and Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

From the NY Times: Europe’s Banks at Risk From Slower Growth, Report Says
... the E.C.B. expressed particular concern about banks’ need to refinance some €800 billion, or $980 billion, in long-term debt by the end of 2012. Borrowing costs could rise as the banks compete with governments in the bond market “making it challenging to roll over a sizeable amount of maturing bonds by the end of 2012,” the report said.