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ECB Drains 214 Billion Euros to Offset Government Bond Purchases

April 10, 2012

The European Central Bank said it drained 214 billion euros ($280 billion) in seven-day deposits to neutralize the liquidity created by its government bond- purchase program.

The Frankfurt-based central bank said 66 banks submitted bids totaling 365.3 billion euros. The ECB sterilizes its government bond purchases to ensure they don’t fuel inflation.

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