Financial markets calm but warning of problems to come from IMF | Business News — Zaheer Pakistani

fter a turbulent Friday and the rumbling of the worst financial crisis since 2008, the UK and European stock markets have largely calmed.

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, became the focus in the latest wave of selling across banking and wider financial stocks in the wake of the forced takeover of Credit Suisse.

Its shares had fallen more than 14% at one point during a bumpy day of trading across Europe. On Monday morning they bounced back by more than 5% but had not reached the level of €9.32 (£7.59) – a share seen before the drop on Thursday evening.

Similarly, the FTSE 100 index of the most valuable companies listed on the Financial Times Stock Exchange was up 1%, but had yet to recover from the hit it took on Friday.

Following the news that the embattled Silicon Valley Bank had been bought by First Citizen Bank, banking shares surged. The purchaser saw its share price up 45% as US markets opened.

NatWest, Lloyds, Barclays, and HSBC began the morning in positive territory and edged upwards throughout the day.

The gains come just a day after the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned there are risks to financial stability stemming from the turmoil in the banking sector.

“At a time of higher debt levels, the rapid transition from a prolonged period of low interest rates to much higher rates, necessary to fight inflation, inevitably generates stresses and vulnerabilities, as evidenced by recent developments in the banking sector in some advanced economies,” said Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF.

Central banks globally have raised interest rates in an effort to reduce inflation, both boosting banks’ profitability and posing challenges as some reliable banking securities lose value.

At the opening of US markets, the three main stock market gauges jumped – the S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones were all up from Friday.

Markets have been unsettled since SVB’s collapse, which was followed by the failure of another regional lender Signature Bank.

The troubled Credit Suisse was rescued just over a week later.

Financial markets calm but warning of problems to come from IMF | Business News — Zaheer Pakistani

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