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ECB Lends $500 Million to 1 Euro-Area Bank in Week Dollar Tender

October 19, 2011

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The European Central Bank said it will lend dollars to one euro-area bank tomorrow.

The ECB today allotted $500 million to one bidder in its regular seven-day liquidity-providing operation at a fixed rate of 1.08 percent. Last week, the Frankfurt-based ECB also lent $500 million to one institution. The ECB doesn’t identify the banks it lends to.

European banks need dollars to fund their own lending in the U.S. as well as to clients elsewhere doing business in the world’s leading reserve currency. On Sept. 15, global equity markets rallied after the ECB said it will coordinate with the Federal Reserve to offer a series of three-month dollar loans to euro-area banks to ensure they have enough of the currency for the rest of the year.

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