Showing posts with label levy on deposits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label levy on deposits. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cyprus Bailout Details Emerge After IMF Deal

The Wall Street Journal
Cyprus and the International Monetary Fund reached an agreement for a €1 billion ($1.28 billion) lifeline on top of the €9 billion bailout the island will get from its euro-zone peers, the IMF said in a statement Wednesday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Cyprus bail-out

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Being tough on bank creditors could prove costly for northern European taxpayers
The Economist
Mar 30th 2013 |From the print edition

THE second deal to bail out Cyprus was much better than the first. For one thing, there was actually a deal: with the €10 billion ($13 billion) loan the prospect of the euro zone’s first exit has receded. An agreement among euro-zone finance ministers to wind up Laiki Bank, Cyprus’s second-biggest bank, and restructure Bank of Cyprus, the largest lender on the island, undid the worst elements of the initial botched agreement. Savers with accounts below the €100,000 deposit-guarantee threshold will be spared. Losses will hit creditors of weak banks in line with the normal hierarchy: shareholders and junior bondholders first, followed by senior bondholders and uninsured depositors.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cyprus Refuses to Learn From Its Mistakes

Published: March 24, 2013
The New York Times
Cyprus will pay dearly for its sins. The Mediterranean island has committed many follies over the years — and is still making mistakes.

The Cypriots always seem to overestimate their negotiating position. In recent years, their first big mistake was to reject in 2004 the U.N. plan for uniting their island. That irritated their E.U. partners, put Cyprus in a weak strategic position vis-à-vis Turkey and left a jagged scar across the island.

There’s a Reason for Deposit Insurance

Published: March 23, 2013
The New York Times
  FOR all the criticism of bailouts since the financial crisis struck, virtually no one has suggested that depositors in banks be made to suffer along with their investors, employees and customers. Until this week, when the euro zone proposed that, in return for a bailout of the failing banking system in Cyprus, depositors pay a “tax” of 6.75 percent of their deposits — 9.9 percent for deposits above 100,000 euros.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Anxious, angry Cypriots face uncertain future

By Karolina Tagaris and Costas Pitas
NICOSIA | Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:12pm EDT
(Reuters) - Dora Giorgali says she has to go back almost 40 years, when Cyprus was at war, to recall such a feeling of anxiety.

Cyprus seeks 11th-hour deal to avert meltdown

By Michele Kambas and Karolina Tagaris
NICOSIA | Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:14am EDT
(Reuters) - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades was expected in Brussels on Sunday to seek an 11th-hour reprieve from financial meltdown, with a bailout from the European Union and the island's place in Europe's single currency bloc hanging in the balance.

Underlining the gravity of Cyprus' position, the EU's economic affairs chief said there were now "only hard choices left" for the latest casualty of the euro zone crisis.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cyprus weighs big bank levy; bailout goes down to wire

By Karolina Tagaris and Laura Noonan
NICOSIA | Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:34pm EDT
(Reuters) - Cyprus conceded on Saturday to a one-off levy on deposits over 100,000 euros in a dramatic U-turn as it raced to satisfy European partners and seal an 11th-hour bailout deal to avert financial collapse.