The United States Federal Reserve reported on Sunday that they are working in tandem with five other international central banks to ensure that there are enough dollars on hand to address any funding issues in the global financial system during the ongoing banking crisis in the U.S. and Europe. This announcement came the same day when UBS declared its purchase of Credit Suisse for over three billion dollars.
Along with the announcement made the Fed stated that, “To improve the swap lines’ effectiveness in providing U.S. dollar funding, the central banks currently offering U.S. dollar operations have agreed to increase the frequency of seven-day maturity operations from weekly to daily.”
In order to improve the supply of liquidity through the ongoing arrangements for US dollar exchange lines, the five banks who joined hands include major powers like the Swiss National Bank European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, and the Bank of Japan. To avoid an unmanageable bank failure and as doubts about financial instability on both sides of the Atlantic grew, Swiss officials mediated the agreement.
A similar swap-lines strategy was adopted during the COVID 19 crisis in 2020 and during the 2007-2008 global financial crisis in order to create an easier accessibility to funds. The Fed announced that operations will start on Monday and last at least until the end of April.
Though the move came in between a lot of ongoing criticisms for the U.S. banking system following the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank and the Signature Bank, the Federal Reserve did not associate the move with these recent incidents. However, they stated their goal that, “The network of swap lines among these central banks is a set of available standing facilities and serves as an important liquidity backstop to ease strains in global funding markets, thereby helping to mitigate the effects of such strains on the supply of credit to households and businesses.”
The Federal Reserve established a $25 billion funding programme last week to make sure banks have enough liquidity to meet client requests in the face of challenging market circumstances. With the ongoing collapse of the market, a new report has claimed that around another 186 banks are predicted to see doom due to the rising rates.