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The European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to announce a 12-month extension to the most favorable interest rate on the TLTROs by the end of this year, according to Bloomberg Economics.

Key takeaways

“The ECB appears to have moved away from relying on its tiering system to reduce the cost to banks of excess reserves and is depending more on the interest rate of its targeted longer-term refinancing operations.”

“The change would significantly reduce the pain to bank profits from the negative deposit rate and do away with the need for the tiering multiplier to be adjusted.”

On Monday, ECB President Christine Lagarde said that they are “closely monitoring” the market for government bonds, hinting that the central bank may act to prevent the surge in yields.

Market implications

The 10-year German bond yields rebound 5 bps to -0.30% on Tuesday, reversing almost the entire drop triggered by Lagarde’s comments.  

However, EUR/USD is testing lows at 1.2146 amid resurgent US dollar demand across the board, as the risk sentiment turns sour in Europe.

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