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Below are key European banking risk monitors, which are included as part of Josh Steiner and the Financial team's "Monday Morning Risk Monitor".  If you'd like to receive the work of the Financials team or request a trial please email .

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European Financial CDS - Swaps were generally wider across the board in Europe's banking system, but were acutely wider in Portugal. Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo, is being probed by Luxembourg's justice department. The swaps widened to 318 bps (+130 bps w/w).

European Banking Monitor: Portuguese Swaps Widen Amid Probe  - chart 1 financials CDS

Sovereign CDS – Sovereign swaps were generally little-changed on the  week, though Portugal was +9 bps to 154 bps in response to concerns over the probe into its largest bank, Espirito Santo, by Luxembourg's justice department. 

European Banking Monitor: Portuguese Swaps Widen Amid Probe  - chart 2 sovereign CDS

European Banking Monitor: Portuguese Swaps Widen Amid Probe  - chart 3 sovereign CDS

European Banking Monitor: Portuguese Swaps Widen Amid Probe  - chart 4 sovereign CDS

Euribor-OIS Spread – The Euribor-OIS spread (the difference between the euro interbank lending rate and overnight indexed swaps) measures bank counterparty risk in the Eurozone. The OIS is analogous to the effective Fed Funds rate in the United States.  Banks lending at the OIS do not swap principal, so counterparty risk in the OIS is minimal.  By contrast, the Euribor rate is the rate offered for unsecured interbank lending.  Thus, the spread between the two isolates counterparty risk. The Euribor-OIS spread tightened by 1 bps to 15 bps.

European Banking Monitor: Portuguese Swaps Widen Amid Probe  - chart 5 Euribor OIS

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