A snapshot of Greek banks' ABS as ECB readies for next move

Economy Tags: Banking, ECB
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The European Central Bank (ECB) announced on September 4 that it will proceed with a large-scale purchase of asset-backed securities (ABS) as well as euro-denominated covered bonds issued by eurozone banks starting from October.

Although detailed modalities of both programs will be announced on October 2, it appears that Greek banks will be excluded from the ECB’s largest quantitative easing measures. The key reason is the country rating (‘B’ by S&P and Fitch and ‘Caa1’ by Mood...

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