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Banks’ Dollar Funding Costs Decline to Three-Week Low in Europe

June 20, 2012

The cost for European banks to borrow in dollars fell to the lowest in three weeks, according to a money-markets indicator.

The three-month cross-currency basis swap, the rate banks pay to convert euro interest payments into dollars, was 49.5 basis points below the euro interbank offered rate at 10 a.m. in London, from minus 52 yesterday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s the lowest cost since May 29 when the measure was minus 47.

The one-year basis swap was 48 basis points below Euribor from minus 49. A basis point is 0.01 percentage point. Euribor, the rate banks say they see each other lending in euros, is derived from a survey of banks by the European Banking Federation.

Prices in the forward market for three-month Euribor relative to overnight indexed swaps -- known as the FRA/OIS spread -- were little changed at 33 basis points.

The Euribor/OIS spread was little changed at 43 basis points. The measure reached 2 1/2-month high of 44 basis points on June 18.

Overnight deposits at the Frankfurt-based European Central Bank were little changed at 764 billion euros ($970 billion) yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Katie Linsell in London at klinsell@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Armstrong at parmstrong10@bloomberg.net


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