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ECB considers QE burden sharing
19 Dec 2014 18:06
European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost.
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Officials told Reuters that the ECB could require central banks in countries such as Greece or Portugal to set aside extra money or provisions to cover potential losses from any bond-buying.
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This reflects the riskiness of their bonds.
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Such a move could help persuade a reluctant Germany to back plans to buy state bonds.
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There is currently a stand off between the ECB and Germany's Bundesbank over ECB preparations to buy sovereign bonds, so-called quantitative easing (QE), to shore up the flagging euro zone economy.
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