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Norway: Norges Bank could act today

Norges Bank could announce extraordinary liquidity measures already later today or during the next few days, according to analysts at Nordea. EUR/NOK is trading at 11.196 after surging in the last hours. 

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“Financial markets are changing by the hour. Liquidity in the Norwegian short end is collapsing. The premium in EURNOK FX swaps is up 40 bp from yesterday and Nibor-OIS (the money market premium) could widen to 100 bp today.”

“To prevent a total meltdown, Norges Bank will have to add term liquidity very soon, thus acting before the monetary policy meeting next Thursday.” 

“3-month F-loans would do the trick as banks have plenty of collateral. Such measures could be announced already later today or during the next few days.” 

“The liquidity measures could be a stand-alone announcement, but they could also announce the expected rate cut at the same time."

 

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