Figures released by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) this morning for the month of May 2011 show that the flight of private sector deposits from domestic Irish banks, which had reversed in April 2011 for the first time since October 2010, has resumed. The flight has resumed at a modest pace. Deposits in the six state-guaranteed financial institutions (AIB, Anglo, Bank of Ireland, EBS, Irish Life and Permanent and INBS) were down just €753m from €108,235m to €107,482m; though such deposits are still up €1bn from the low of €106,309m in March 2011. The banking authorities might take some small comfort from the fact that the pace of private sector withdrawals from the covered banks has slowed considerably from the €3-4bn monthly declines that we were seeing earlier this year and late last year.
However the picture generally is still pretty dismal. All deposits (including Private Sector, Govt, Monetary Financial Institutions, and non-Irish resident) at the covered banks are down €26bn in the month to €285bn, the largest monthly drop since last November 2010 and are now down €130bn on a year ago.
It is noteworthy that the Government has €21.2bn on deposit with the covered banks. The NTMA refuses to disclose if it is paid interest on these deposits.
These deposits are presumably the bailout funds earmarked for the bank recapitalization in July 2011. We are paying the IMF/EU 5.8% on this funding which amounts to nearly €4m per day and which is arguably being totally wasted.
Looking at the total Irish banking system there is one curiosity in the May figures – private sector deposits in Irish-based banks that don’t service the Irish economy (those in the IFSC) increased by nearly €8bn.
The CBI and ECB continue to provide substitute funding for Irish banks which replaces this flight of deposits and Irish banks continue to provide extensive State-backed guarantees on deposits.
So, looking at the deposit figures produced by the CBI. First up is the consolidated picture for all banks operating inIreland including those based in the IFSC which do not service the domestic economy.
Next up are the 20 banks which do service the domestic economy and include local subsidiaries of foreign banks like Danske, KBC and Rabobank. There is a list of all banks operating in Ireland here together with a note of the 20 that service the domestic economy.
And lastly the six State-guaranteed financial institutions (AIB, Anglo, Bank of Ireland, EBS, Irish Life and Permanent and INBS)
(1) Monetary Financial Institutions (MFIs) refers to credit institutions, as defined in Community Law, money market funds, and other resident financial institutions whose business is to receive deposits and/or close substitutes for deposits from entities other than MFIs, and, for their own account (at least in economic terms), to grant credits and/or to make investments in securities. Since January 2009, credit institutions include Credit Unions as regulated by the Registrar of Credit Unions. Under ESA 95, the Eurosystem (including the Central Bank ofIreland) and other non-euro area national central banks are included in the MFI institutional sector. In the tables presented here, however, central banks are not included in the loans and deposits series with respect to MFI counterparties.
(2) NR Euro are Non-Resident European depositors
(3) NR Row are Non-Resident Rest of World depositors (ie outsideEurope)