The ECB promises to “monitor markets closely.” Then it came out with a new bond buying binge.
Just how much lower can they go? To Zero. And the ECB’s negative interest rates are driving them closer to it.
Yield-starved banks expanded lending to “relatively high-risk businesses” and to the property sector, as the Bundesbank considers house prices in many cities overvalued by 15% to 30%.
Spain’s Big Five banks (already down from the Big Six) could soon be four.
Just when European banks need to inspire confidence more than ever.
NPLs remain dangerously to catastrophically high in Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Cyprus.
The benefit of NIRP: There’s hell to pay – even the ECB admits it.
Just bumping along the bottom, from hopeless to hope and back to hopeless.
Bottom fishers were taken out the back and shot.
After much lobbying, guidelines for banks become “non-binding expectations,” says the ECB.