Low ECB rates are now hurting banks; issue to persist, ECB's Enria says

FILE PHOTO: Andrea Enria, chairperson of the European Banking Authority, speaks at Reuters Summit interview in London, Britain, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Low European Central Bank interest rates are now hurting bank margins more than they are boosting lending volumes and are likely to continue doing so for a while, top ECB supervisor Andrea Enria said on Tuesday.

“The margin effect has been prevailing so there is a negative effect on bank margins but this is likely to persist for a while,” Enria said on Bloomberg TV.

By contrast, he said the low-rates environment had been a net positive for banks until mid-2020.

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