Faster deposit flows will affect bank runs, ECB paper says

Bindseil and Senner say several factors are increasing size and speed of deposit runs

Ulrich Bindseil
ECB official Ulrich Bindseil
Photo: ECB/Andreas Varnhorn

Several factors make it likely that bank runs have become larger and faster, a working paper published by the European Central Bank (ECB) finds. 

In Destabilisation of bank deposits across destinations: assessment and policy implications, Ulrich Bindseil and Richard Senner present a list of where deposits could go. Bindseil is the director-general of the ECB’s market infrastructures and payments division.

The literature on bank runs “rarely pays attention to where bank deposits can flow to”, the

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