This latest announcement of the purchase of Irish bonds shows the ECB is continuing its policy of buying national govt bonds to facilitate solvency:

EU Headlines:
Europe’s bankers in talks over bail-out fund

Support for European spending cuts strong

European Bank’s Economist Is Optimistic on Sovereign Debt, but Critics Are Wary

EU Ministers Pressured to Give More Stress Test Data

ECB’s Bini Smaghi Favors Lower Deficit Limit for Stability Pact

ECB Buys 8 Billion Euros of Irish Bonds, Sunday Tribune Says

ECB Buys 8 Billion Euros of Irish Bonds, Sunday Tribune Says

July 11 (Bloomberg) — The European Central Bank bought about 8 billion euros ($10.1 billion) of Irish government bonds in the last seven weeks, the Sunday Tribune said, without saying where it got the information. The purchases account for as much as 10 percent of outstanding Irish bonds, the Dublin-based newspaper said.

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  1. Sorry if I didn’t catch this in a previous discussion.

    Fed sends excess income to Treasury, how will the ECB distribute excess income?

    1. I think the ECB profits are distributed to the NCBs who in turn distribute that and their own profits to their Treasuries.

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