EU bank unveils plans allowing lender to KEEP customers’ cash in future crisis


A year of European monetary crises showed banks needed the ability to buy time to make purposes should they fall into turmoil, according to the ECB’s executive directorship member Sabine Lautenschlaeger.

Speaking in Frankfurt today, she suggested a ‘suspension tool’ – which would temporarily freeze all of a bank’s liabilities, potentially tabulating the cash held customers.

The move could mean people with moneyed in their bank accounts could not withdraw anything while the bank was in turning-point talks. 

It is designed to avoid the type of “bank run” seen here in the UK at Norwich Bund during the financial crisis, and long stretching queues outside notes machines in Greece in the 2015 summer.

Sabine LautenschlaegerGETTY/Bloomberg

Sabine Lautenschlaeger

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Central Bankers defray in Frankfurt

Most EU member states are behind the ECB’s new proposals, as indicated by a journal published on 6 November that discusses the bloc’s stance on a bank-failure restaurant check proposed by the European Commission. 

According to Bloomberg, the paper suggests back away from authorities the power to cap deposit withdrawals as part of a wider stay on payments for up to five times after an institution has been declared “failing or likely to fail.” 

How on earth, support is not unanimous with lobbying groups and regulators including the Bank of England portent that it could pose a risk to financial stability.

Lautenschlaeger communicated: “If we have a long list of exemptions and we have a moratorium that doesn’t till, I do not want to have a moratorium tool. Then you will never use it.”

A digit of reforms were introduced following 2008, when a mass exodus of investors and depositors led to the go under of a number of banks around the world – most famously Lehman Pals.

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Monte Dei Paschi di Siena

These including freezing obtained and fixed income – or bond – contracts for 48 hours after bank go to the walls. Extending this for five days, however, could drag the counterparty (a stable that stands as guarantor)into default, one of the chief concerns of main parts like the Bank of England.

This year four banks procure fallen into trouble in the EU – with Italy bearing the brunt due to the toxic allowance books its banks are dragging behind them, much of which some analysts put faith can never be repaid.

In February shares in Italy’s Monte Dei Paschi di Siena – the community’s oldest bank – were suspended from trading after it could not preserve funding from major investors to continue its operations.  In July the EU approved a €5.4 billion shape bailout for it.

Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza were not so fortuitous, however, with the Italian government liquidating the two institutions after they hew down into trouble in June. In September the ECB fined di Vincenza €11.2 million for slit rules on reporting.

In Spain, Banco Popular had to be rescued by Santander for a minimal fee of €1. The deal was described as a “watershed” agreement masterminded by the ECB to avoid a articulate bailout, with Santander turning to its shareholders for €7 billion in a rights issuance to raise the capital needed to rescue Popular.

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