EBA denies LTRO stress test penalty but market rattled
The European Banking Authority on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that it was planning to penalise banks that were dependent on LTRO funding from the ECB in the upcoming stress tests. But the possibility still rattled FIG market participants, with many fearing it would damage mid-sized banks in Europe’s periphery, particularly Spain and Italy.
After rumours surfaced overnight that the EBA was thinking of penalising banks that relied on the European central bank’s flagship longer-term refinancing operation (LTRO), Andrea Enria, chairperson of the EBA, said his organisation had not discussed the treatment of the LTRO in any future stress test.
“The EBA… does
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