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FameEX Hot Topics | Central Banks Take Action to Address Banking Crises

2023-03-21 11:00:35

Central banks around the world are teaming up to establish a network of "swap lines" that will facilitate the exchange of currencies, in an effort to enhance liquidity conditions during times of economic distress. This move builds on previous measures taken by the Federal Reserve during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and is aimed at providing increased support to the dollar funding markets when they come under pressure.Under the swap lines agreements, two central banks agree to exchange currencies with the goal of boosting liquidity in the markets. By providing access to US dollar funding, the central banks involved hope to mitigate the negative impacts of economic crises and promote stability in the financial system.

The participating central banks, including the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, and Swiss National Bank, have agreed to increase the frequency of seven-day maturity operations from weekly to daily, in order to improve the effectiveness of the swap lines in providing US dollar funding. According to a statement from the Federal Reserve Board, the swap line network began on March 20 and will continue until at least April 30, with the participating central banks ready to take further action if necessary.

As the global economy remains uncertain and volatile, this coordinated effort by central banks represents a crucial step in ensuring the resilience of the financial system and the availability of funding to support economic activity.

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