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Friday, June 22, 2012

Europe: Spain to make Official Aid Request Monday, ECB releases new Collateral Rules

by Calculated Risk on 6/22/2012 11:31:00 AM

More on Europe ...

From the WSJ: Spain to Make Official Aid Request Monday

Spain's government said Friday it plans to make its official request for European Union aid for its banking sector Monday, and expects to have the terms for such aid set by July 9, as discussions continue on ways to inject European aid funds directly into ailing Spanish banks.
An unresolved question is how the bank bailout will work.

And from the ECB: ECB takes further measures to increase collateral availability for counterparties
On 20 June 2012 the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided on additional measures to improve the access of the banking sector to Eurosystem operations in order to further support the provision of credit to households and non-financial corporations.

The Governing Council has reduced the rating threshold and amended the eligibility requirements for certain asset-backed securities (ABSs). It has thus broadened the scope of the measures to increase collateral availability which were introduced on 8 December 2011 and which remain applicable.
There are details in the press release on acceptable collateral and the associated haircuts.