Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fed, Five Central Banks Cut Dollar Swap Rate

Fed, Five Central Banks Cut Dollar Swap Rate
By Scott Lanman and Jeff Black - Nov 30, 2011 10:49 AM ET

Six central banks led by the Federal Reserve lowered the cost of emergency dollar funding for financial companies in a global effort to ease Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis.

The new interest rate is the dollar overnight index swap rate plus 50 basis points, a half percentage-point cut, and the program was extended by six months to Feb. 1, 2013, the Fed said today in a statement in Washington. The Fed coordinated the move with the European Central Bank as well as the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, and Swiss National Bank. (SNBN)

U.S. and European stocks rallied on the move aimed at easing strains in markets and boosting central banks’ capacity to support the global financial system. The cost for European banks to fund in dollars rose to the highest levels in three years today as concerns about a possible breakup of the euro area increased after leaders said they’d failed to boost the region’s bailout fund as much as planned.

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