U.S. Federal Reserve, central banks race to avoid global dollar scarcity

U.S. Federal Reserve, central banks race to avoid global dollar scarcity

The U.S. Federal Reserve and other global central banks have commenced efforts to avoid global dollar scarcity as the worldwide banking crisis continues.

The financial bodies declared on Sunday that they will make efforts to ensure that dollars remain easily accessible throughout the international financial system as strains caused by bank meltdowns in America and banking concerns in Europe grow.

The step was “a coordinated action to increase the provision of liquidity,” the central banks in a statement said.

Through April, the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and the Swiss National Bank will more frequently provide so-called swap operations, which assist foreign banks in gaining access to weekly U.S. dollar borrowing. 

The offerings will now be daily rather than weekly.

The measure intends to prevent chaotic market conditions as uneasy investors respond to the collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in the United States and UBS’s planned takeover of Credit Suisse in Europe. 

Financial sector turmoil can quickly worsen if investors find it difficult to shift their money around, which frequently occurs when there is a lack of dollar funding. 

Swap lines can aid in releasing those tensions.

The fact that the central banks are expanding swap lines shows how severe the effects of the bank crises have become.


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