European Banking Sector Set to Withstand Credit Suisse Fragility

Thursday 16 March 2023

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European Banking Sector Set to Withstand Credit Suisse Fragility

March 2023 | In our view, the European bank sell-off is mainly driven by profit-taking and a reassessment of recessionary risks, which is not supportive for the profitability of the sector. In the case of a further escalation in this crisis, we expect the majority of the counterparty exposures to be collateralized, so we do not expect material losses from a potential resolution or wind down. The sector is well-capitalized and liquid and we don't see any other specific instances that pose large risks to other banking stocks. It will be important to monitor liquidity and deposit flows for the sector over the coming periods.

01 |  Credit Suisse's share price plunged further this week and the cost of insuring the bank's bonds against a default has reached distressed levels. Yet the European banking sector is solid, with measures having been put in place after the great financial crisis to limit contagion risk.

02 | The failure of Silicon Valley Bank and other regional banks in the US, which led to the turbulence now affecting Credit Suisse, can largely be attributed to the sharp increase in rates and the inversion of the yield curve.

03 | We reiterate the need to keep a cautious stance on risk assets at this stage as the vulnerabilities built up in this fast-hiking cycle are starting to materialize. Government bonds have demonstrated their role as a diversifier in this crisis.

Credit Suisse and European Banks

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