Russia’s Sberbank is defaulting in Europe

Sberbank_LogoWith massive withdrawals and no central bank to come to its rescue, Sberbank Europe is defaulting.

Its London-listed stock is down 70%. The holding is owned in majority by the Russian government.



  • The Russian stock exchange is closed today (probably in limit down). It went down 45% on Friday but retraced to -34%.
  • The central bank has raised its rate from 9.5 to 20% and called Russian corporations to prop up the ruble.
  • Japan is also freezing the Russian central bank‘s assets.
  • Economists now expect Russia’s GDP to fall by at least 5%. JP Morgan ‘tentatively expects’ the next quarter to be down 20%.
  • BP is canceling its Rosneft join venture. It will cost the firm $25bn in impairment and half its oil reserves. This is the largest sanction by corporates so far.
  • The ruble opened down 20% on Monday but has retraced to -13%. It is now down ~35% from a month ago.



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Gontran de Quillacq is an expert witness and a legal consultant. He is a recognized authority in options, trading, derivatives, structured products, portfolio management, hedge funds, mathematical finance, quantitative investment, strategy research and financial markets in general.


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