European financial institution bond markets have been rallying this year as economic weakness raised expectations of renewed European Central Bank easing action. On Thursday, it delivered a new round of bank refinancing loans — sooner than thought, but reassuring nevertheless — presaging another move tighter in southern European credit. Bill Thornhill and Tyler Davies report.
The terms of the third targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO III) will be less favourable for banks than the terms of its predecessor. The new operations will have a two year maturities, which is half the duration of the financing that the ECB provided under TLTRO II.