European Banks May Deepen Their Dependence on Unlimited Central Bank Loans
By Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch
European banks, shunned by investors and each other, may borrow as much next month from the European Central Bank as they did in a record offering in December as they seek refuge from frozen funding markets.
The ECB last month lent banks an unprecedented 489 billion euros ($637 billion) for three years. Analysts said they expect demand to be just as high at a second auction on Feb. 29 because the stigma associated with using the facility is dissipating and the list of what assets can be used as collateral in exchange for the loans will be extended.