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Banking License as ECB's Bazooka?

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Reports (vague rumors) that ECB head Mario Draghi may have reached out to Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann moved the Dow more than a hundred points in the middle of Friday's trading day. (See: Markets Spike on Report ECB Is Weighing New Steps)

It certainly wouldn't be surprising that they talk, but the rumor mill threw in a rich tidbit: that they had discussed giving the EU's permanent bailout fund (the ESM) a banking license.

That may be inevitable, since it's what would be needed to provide the backstop for a Spanish and Italian bailout. But talk of that seems a bit premature.

The ECB is going to have to do something to lower Spanish and Italian bond yields; what is the best way to accomplish that?