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Greek banks to lose cheap borrowing after ECB revokes waiver

The European Central Bank announced on Friday it will restrict Greek banks’ access to its cheapest funding operations as from August 21, when the country exits the bailout program. The ECB will revoke a so-called ‘waiver’ which allowed Greek banks to post junk-rated government bonds as collateral in regular funding …

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EIB and HSBC partner for trade finance of SMEs in Greece

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has partnered with HSBC to provide a wholesale facility for trade finance to Greece’s SMEs.  The €134m (£118m) package will be channelled to SMEs by the National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank. EIB, HSBC, Citibank and Commerzbank will provide credit guarantees. Other banks are …

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IMF and ECB reach compromise on Greek banks, traders in ASE smile

The International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank reached a compromise on the Greek banks: the ECB will accelerate stress tests, the IMF will give up its demand for full asset quality review (AQR). The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it sees no financial stability concerns in …

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Fitch upgrades mortgage-covered bond programmes of 3 Greek banks

Fitch Ratings announced an upgrade of four Greek mortgage-covered bonds programmes issued by Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘, as follows: – Alpha’s covered bonds upgraded to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘; Stable Outlook – NBG’s covered bonds Programme I (NBG I) upgraded to ‘B’ …

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ECB Draghi had no right to close Greece’s banks

The decision of the European Central Bank to freeze the emergency liquidity in summer 2015 and force the Greek government to close the countries bank was possibly not legal. This is stated in the Italian daily Il Manifesto that quotes Fabio de Masi, member of German Die Linke in the …

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“Bank run” under Capital Controls: Greeks withdraw €2.5bn in 45 days

Delays in the talks between Greece and its lenders have brought back the ghost of Grexit.  The grave disagreement between the International Monetary Fund and the European lenders, Grexit bombshell flying around and Greece’s reluctance to accept additional austerity measures have increase uncertainty among citizens – for one more time. …

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S&P upgrades Greece’s four systemic banks

Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s upgraded Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank to CCC+ from SD (selective default), with a stable outlook. The upgrade came after a further relaxation of capital controls in Greece from the beginning of the month, daily Kathimerini reported. “We view …

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BoG appoints Pricewater &Co with Liquidation of €9bn Assets in non-performing loans

Appointment of a Special Liquidator for all the credit and financial institutions under special liquidation The Bank of Greece, in implementation of a relevant provision of Law 4336/2015 and by virtue of Credit and Insurance Committee Decision No. 182/1/4.4.2016, has appointed PQH Single Special Liquidation S.A. as Special Liquidator for …

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Draghi’s awkward memory moment: Not the role of ECB to use its monetary policy to force governments to reform

It is a working psychological survival strategy: one creates a bubble, gets in and lives comfortable and nicely till the end of the days. When the bubble is drawn with bright colors, the protection is almost perfect – especially when these bubbles are institutions like the European Central Bank. Too …

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Thousands of jobs to be lost in Greece’s banking sector

Greece’s four main banks will have to reduce their employees by a total of 4,350 and shut down about 180 branches up to the end of 2017. These new reduction demands result from the derailing of the Greek economy generated by the prolonged uncertainty during 2015 which brought the country …

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Greek banks: Hackers extend ransom payment deadline

A team of hackers has allegedly threatened to bring down the electronic systems and websites of Greek banks, unless they pay ransom in Bitcoins. Greek media report on Monday that a group called “Armada Collective” has threatened the Greke banks with a DDoS attack. Sources told the media that the …

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