Interbank Market News Scan: Eastern Caribbean; Dominica issues 91-day T-bill …

Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange

Yesterday, on the Regional Government Securities Market, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica issued a 91-day Treasury bill raising $20 million.  The pricing methodology used in the issue resulted in a discount rate of 3.96050%.

Today, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda is expected to auction a 180-day Treasury bill at EC$10 million at a maximum rate of 4%.

There were no trades yesterday on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange.

Links to follow …

Banks. “US macro policy and, indeed, the very role of government in the economy, is undergoing its biggest shift in direction in 40 years. In turn we are concerned that it will bring about uncomfortable levels of inflation.” — Deutsche Bank. https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/557743-deutsche-bank-issues-dire-economic-warning-for-america

Banks. Overdraft fees remain a money-making machine for banks and a devastating financial gotcha for poor families and communities of color. https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2021/06/11/ally-bank-pnc-huntington-launch-overdraft-ideas-industry-criticized/7581786002/

Banks. Today the Swiss National Bank announced it’s participating in a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) trial with the Banque de France, and the BIS Innovation Hub. The solution aims to use the digital Swiss Franc and digital Euro to settle cross border trades for financial instruments such as stock or bonds on a blockchain. The central banks don’t want the tests to be interpreted as a decision to launch a CBDC. https://www.ledgerinsights.com/central-banks-of-switzerland-france-in-wholesale-cbdc-trial/

Currency PairsRates as of 11:30 am AST 11 June 2021Rates as of 11 June 2020Change in rates
XCD/EUR0.30430.3259(6.6%)
XCD/GBP0.26200.2904(9.8%)
XCD/USD0.37040.3704flat
XCD/CAD0.44830.4961(9.6%)
XCD/NGN152.3700142.94006.6%
XCD/CNY2.36572.6164(9.6%)
XCD/PLN1.36081.4502(6.2%)
XCD/PEN1.429131.262313.2%

Source: OANDA

Moving capital from Europe to Baltimore, Maryland? Start with a bank with a Baltimore branch …

We identified 50 of the largest banks in Europe and asked how many of these banks have a branch located in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the more direct ways to move capital from a home base in Europe into the US is for an investor to move funds through a bank account where the bank also has a branch in the U.S. Only a small handful of European banks are located in the Baltimore, Maryland area. We will explore what exposure these European banks have in other American cities, but today we start with Charm City.

  1. HSBC
  2. BNP Paribas
  3. Deutsche Bank
  4. UBS Group

This afternoon’s closing foreign exchange and interest rates as of 5:00 pm EST.

Currency PairsRates as of 5:00pm 31 March 2021
EUR/USD1.1724
AUD/USD0.7602
GBP/USD1.3779
USD/JPY110.7500
NZD/USD0.6981
USD/CHF0.9453
USD/NOK8.5335
USD/SEK8.7234
USD/CAD1.2564
  
Selected Rates 
Fed Funds.05
Bank prime rate3.25
Discount window.25
2-yr Treasury.16
10-yr Treasury1.74
30-yr2.41
Source: Reuters, Bloomberg, Federal Reserve