Market liquidity

Banks expect cheap access to markets

Cheaper access to the markets for raising liquidity and financing the economy will be the first benefits to be felt by local banks from the recovery of investment grade by the Greek state. This is expected to occur in the first half of 2024 or perhaps earlier depending on the outcome of the elections and political developments.

Huge returns for flat buyers

The housing market has recently evolved into one of the most profitable investments, with a return of up to 126% during the last five years (2017-2022).

Those brave enough to acquire an apartment in Attica during 2017 - i.e. when the real estate market began its recovery - are today the big winners, as they have seen the value of their investment more than double.

Credit expansion is at risk

Businesses and households are measuring the effects of the rise in interest rates, but also the increased uncertainty created by the financial turmoil and the domestic political climate. This is holding back demand for loans, despite the high liquidity that exists in the economy through banks.

Greek credit system ‘able to absorb foreign jitters’

The Greek banking system is clearly in a much better position now to absorb any turbulence from international markets than it was four years ago, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Thursday, commenting on global banking system tensions caused by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the crisis at Credit Suisse.

Janet Yellen: The Banking System is Stable after the "Decisive" Actions taken

"The US banking system remains stable and Americans can feel confident that their deposits will be available when they are needed, thanks to the 'decisive and strong' action taken after Silicon Valley Bank's (SVB) failure to deal with the outflow of deposits at its end last week," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the Senate Finance Committee, Reuters reported.

Credit Suisse says it will borrow up to $53.7 bln from central bank

Credit Suisse announced yesterday that it would borrow almost $54 billion from the Swiss central bank to reinforce the group after a plunge in its share prices.

The disclosure came just hours after the Swiss National Bank said capital and liquidity levels at the lender were adequate for a "systemically important bank," even as it pledged to make liquidity available if needed.

Collapse of Bank Shares around the World after the Bankruptcy of American SVB and Signature Bank

Bank shares around the world collapsed despite assurances from US President Joe Biden that the US financial system is safe, the BBC reported.

The decline in the stock's value comes after Biden vowed to do whatever it takes to protect the banking sector following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.