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Today’s euro-area bank-deposit figures for March may highlight the extent of the bank run in Cyprus even as a proposed deposit levy on savers was dropped after lawmakers refused to implement it. Greek’s deposit-growth rate turned positive for the first time in three years in February. Four nations experienced a drop in deposits on a year-over-year basis in February: [...]
Crisis Watch by David Powell, Bloomberg Economist Comparisons between the dangers posed by the banking systems of Cyprus and Malta appear to be misplaced, though the rapid expansion of the Maltese financial sector has the potential to someday become a problem. Click here to read the full article.
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■WHAT TO WATCH: Spain will struggle to meet its 2012 deficit target, Deputy Budget Minister Marta Fernandez Curras said. German consumer confidence will fall for a second month in January, GfK said today. S&P cut Cyprus’s long-term debt rating for the third time in five months. U.K. consumer confidence fell in December from an 18-month high. Danish GDP figures may confirm [...]
WHAT TO WATCH: European finance ministers meet to approve bailout payment to Greece. 9 a.m. The ministers early today moved closer to an agreement on a single euro-area bank supervisor. EU leaders start their two-day summit. The Federal Reserve tied its interest-rate outlook to unemployment and inflation and committed to an even faster expansion of its balance sheet. (See page 2.) [...]