Praet Says ECB's Bank Loan Features to Depend on Lending Outlook

(Bloomberg) -- The exact modalities of the European Central Bank’s new long-term loan program will depend on the outlook for lending, according to the institution’s chief economist.

“We provide TLTROs basically in view of concerns that we could have huge refinancing needs,” Executive Board member Peter Praet said in Frankfurt on Wednesday. “The conditions underpinning the incentive scheme will be communicated in due time and will depend on how the Governing Council assesses the bank lending outlook.”

Earlier this month, officials announced that a third round of targeted longer-term loans will be extended to banks starting in September. Financial institutions that exceed lending targets could face more favorable interest rates, with ECB staff currently studying various incentive options.

Banks in the euro area have slowed lending in recent months as companies reined in investments amid uncertain business prospects. The ECB has said its so-called TLTRO-3 program will help to increase the economy’s resilience to shocks.

Praet Says ECB's Bank Loan Features to Depend on Lending Outlook

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