Financial stability: ‘uncertainty is high’ according to IMF chief

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, called on Sunday to “to remain vigilant” in front of “uncertainty” encore “high” in the financial sector, comments that come after the recent setbacks of Western banks.

The bankruptcy of the Californian bank Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) on March 10 raised concerns about the soundness of the banking sector in the United States and Europe. First European victim, Credit Suisse was taken over in disaster by its compatriot UBS last Sunday for a fraction of its stock market value.

It is clear that the risks to financial stability have increasedKristalina Georgieva said on Sunday at the China Development Forum, an event hosted by the Chinese government in Beijing.

The takeover of Credit Suisse by UBS, piloted by the Swiss authorities, as well as recent measures by central banks to improve access to liquidity, have helped to avoid panic but have failed to restore stability to the markets.

Policymakers have taken decisive action in response to risks to financial stability“, underlined Mr. Georgieva in his speech.”These measures have to some extent eased tensions in the markets, but uncertainty is high, underscoring the need to remain vigilant.

Bank stocks on European stock markets fell again on Friday. Recent statements by Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, reaffirming the resilience of the banking system, and those of French President Emmanuel Macron or German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who were intended to be reassuring, failed to calm people’s minds.

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