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ECB warns of Asia risks rising as Fed liftoff tests stability

Central bank raises its risk-assessment level for global financial-market instability to "medium"

Frankfurt

THE European Central Bank (ECB) warned of a rapid repricing of global risk premium, focused on emerging markets, especially if the US Federal Reserve increases interest rates faster than expected.

"Highly indebted foreign-currency borrowers may be vulnerable to a prospective normalisation of financial conditions in the US and other advanced economies," the ECB said in its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review published on Wednesday. "A faster than expected withdrawal of monetary-policy accommodation in other major advanced economies could trigger a reversal of global term premia, which may also spill over to the euro area."

The ECB raised its risk-assessment level for global financial-market...

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