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Where Cyprus Danger Lies: UBS Analyst

Where the Cyprus Danger Lies: UBS Analyst

Banking developments in Cyprus ratchet up the consequences for future crises, Paul Donovan of UBS said Monday on CNBC.

"I don't think it's about contagions quite so much," he said. "Yes, there is clearly a risk, although it has to be said in the last couple of hours, the sound of backpedaling from Europe has been quite deafening."

On "Fast Money," Donovan characterized the chaos in Cyprus as what it would cost to bailout the next nation that requires assistance.

"For me, the issue is not so much that Cyprus spreads to other countries right now," he said. "The issue is that if another country gets into difficulties in the future, the cost of dealing with that will be a great deal higher, and the consequences of any possible future crises will be a lot more severe."

Donovan didn't see an end to the euro from the latest crisis.

"The political will behind it is dramatic," he said, adding that the euro "never have been created in the first place."

Donovan called out a failure of leadership.

"I think what politicians have failed to realize is just how dangerous bank runs can be," he said. "Once a bank run starts, it is very, very difficult to stop."

Even when bank deposits are insured, such as in the United States and the United Kingdom, Donovan added, "People do not behave rationally."

"If you let the genie of bank deposit losses out of the bottle, it's going to be very, very hard to get that back into the bottle, and that's what they're concerned about," he said.

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