Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Irish Finance Minister: Bank stress test results of "major significance"

by Calculated Risk on 3/30/2011 10:37:00 PM

The Irish bank stress test results will be released tomorrow.

From the Irish Times: Noonan to propose 'radical' bank sector restructuring

... The results of the tests will lead [Finance Minister] Michael Noonan to undertake “a radical new approach” to fix the banks, a Government source said.

Mr Noonan will make a “watershed” argument for a EU-wide solution around passing bank losses on to bondholders ... The Minister will speak for 20 minutes in the Dáil immediately after the announcement of the test results by the Central Bank.

Mr Noonan told Fine Gael TDs and Senators at the party’s parliamentary party meeting last night that the test results would be of major significance and would dominate the news over the weekend.
ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet chaired a teleconference meeting of the bank’s governing council from China yesterday to discuss the situation in the Irish banks. A further meeting may be held today as the ECB finalises its response.
Here are the Irish yields from Bloomberg for 2 year and 10 year bonds.

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