Biggest Drop in a Year: Europe’s Banking Industry Feels the Heat


The investors dumped the Europe bank stocks for the third time straight on Monday. Despite the dramatic moves over the weekend by the UK and US governments to shore up confidence in the financial system.

Europe’s benchmark Stoxx 600 Banks index Europe, which tracks the 42 big UK and EU banks. Which fell down 5.6% by the mid-afternoon. It is the biggest fall since March last year. The broader Stoxx of the Europe 600 index dropped by 2.1%. The bank-heavy FTSE UKX was also down by 2.2%.

Shares were down of the other Banks:

The shares in the embattled Swiss bank Credit Suisse will plunge 12% low. Which is a new record low before the recovery. The shares of the HBSC also fell by 3.8%, Deutsche Bank fell by 4.3%, Unicredit fell by 7.5%, and Barclays fell by 5.7%.

The falls have intense fears that the second biggest US banking collapse in history. Which may be followed by further failure of banks which are weaker. That’s intervention from both sides by the officials of the Atlantic to trunk the panic. Plus, the relatively bounded resources exposure among all the European banks to the SVB and their clients.

Statement of Head of the money & market:

According to the head of the money and markets Susannah Streeter, the investors have still been agitating from the events the last few days.   The Biden administration promised their customers the SVB and signature bank which both shut down on Sunday. They said that the banks will get access to their money on the upcoming Monday. Plus, they make sure that the uninsured deposits will also return.

The Federal Reserve will also do further funding which is available for eligible financial institutions to stop runs on similar banks in the future. According to the report of Federal, at the end of 2022, the US banks are sitting on $620 billion in unrealized losses. The assets are decreased in price but unfortunately, they are not sold yet. We can’t tell exactly how much UK and EU banks have unrealized losses in their banks.

The stunning moves by the Authorities of the US which are designed to prevent many bank runs and they want to help companies. Who deposit their large amount with the bank to continue to create payroll and fund their operations.

The biggest Bank in Europe HSBC announced on Monday that the bank bought the arm of SVB from USK for £1 which is $1.2 immediately. The bank of England told the customers of SVB UK bank that all their deposits are safe.

Biggest losses in Europe:

Still, the investors in Europe are anxious that the officials didn’t promise any additional support to the banking sector which has happened in the United States. The scheme of deposit insurance is significantly more liberal than in Europe. If the banks are ruined more then the growing expectation in the US treasury will complexly shift to fully guaranteed deposits.

The chief market analyst at the trading platform IG agreed that the European investors will wait for verbal reassurance from the European Central Bank. This will not come until Thursday when it will meet to set the interest rate.

The move by the authorities of the US is a sign that they will respond quickly and Europe still has to respond yet. The chief market analyst further said that the sharper falls in the European bank to stocks which are so far seen from Monday. This might well reflect the stronger performance and it is relative to the US banks this year.

The Stoxx of Europe banks index 600 will increase by 21% in the first eight weeks of the year. About 12% points are more than the KBW bank index which tracks the 24 leading US banks. Both indexes have decreased back since the beginning of March. US markets are also decreasing from the last month.

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