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Central bank comments on introduction of new tool to support banks

September 04, 21:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The regulator decided to implement since September 1, 2017 a supplementary mechanism for liquidity provision

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MOSCOW, September 4. /TASS/. The introduction of a new instrument of supporting banks by the Bank of Russia is not connected with the current situation in the money market, the regulator has long been working on preparing the mechanism, the bank of Russia’s press service told TASS.

"The purpose of supplementary mechanism for liquidity provision is primarily to support financially stable banks that are facing temporary difficulties with liquidity that cannot be resolved by using standard instruments of providing liquidity of the Bank of Russia. The instrument is potentially available to a wide range of banks. In addition, the supplementary mechanism for liquidity provision can be used by the Bank of Russia as one of the tools to provide banks with liquidity in the framework of financial rehabilitation measures.

Introduction of supplementary mechanism for liquidity provision is not related to the current situation in the money market, the Bank of Russia has long been working on the preparation of this mechanism," the regulator said.

According to the press release on the regulator’s website, the Bank of Russia decided to implement since September 1, 2017 a supplementary mechanism for liquidity provision.

"Banks that have encountered temporary liquidity difficulties may recur to this mechanism after all other liquidity sources are exhausted, including the standard central bank instruments. The new facility is analogous to the internationally widespread emergency liquidity assistance mechanism (ELA). The Bank of Russia will decide on the provision of funds under the ELA framework to a bank taking into account its financial stability, as well as systemic importance," the regulator said.

"For the Bank of Russia to consider liquidity provision under the ELA mechanism, a bank has to apply to the relevant supervisory division of the Bank of Russia. The application should comprise in particular the reasons behind the ELA necessity and forecast schedule of liquidity in-and outflows during the term for which the assistance is requested. This schedule should prove the bank’s ability to address the liquidity difficulties ("exit strategy"). Also the bank should provide information on the collateral it is going to pledge to receive the liquidity assistance. Its scope is wider than collateral eligible for standard liquidity providing operations of the Bank of Russia. The collateral may comprise in particular the securities not included into the Lombard List, credit claims on non-financial institutions and other types of security. On the basis of the provided information and the analysis of the bank’s solvency the Bank of Russia swiftly decides on the possibility of liquidity provision under the ELA framework. Depending on the collateral the operation in particular may take place in form of repo or/and secured loan.The liquidity will be provided in rubles for the term not exceeding 90 days. The rate will be Bank of Russia key rate on the day of the transaction plus 1.75 percentage points," the press release said.

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