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Cheviot: Record overnight deposit rates reflect missing confidence

Record high overnight deposits reported by the European Central Bank are no surprise given the serious lack of confidence in the banking sector, says Cheviot Asset Management’s David Miller.

The ECB has reported two consecutive days of record high overnight deposits made by European banks, as the figure climbed to £377 billion on Tuesday.

The record of £320 billion, recorded in June 2010, was originally broken on Monday when £342 billion was deposited as banks continued to favour this comparatively safe haven over lending to one another.

“The take-up of ECB liquidity last week showed just how serious the lack of confidence in eurozone banks is,” says Miller, a partner at Cheviot.

“However, next year I’d expect to see an injection of quantitative easing into the eurozone, along with lower interest rates, and a sustained effort by all concerned to create stability,” he says. “These measures would help to soothe the nerves of banks and investors.”

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