ATMs Running Out Of Cash In Egypt, While Traders Pull Up To $500 Million Per Day From Country

Monday, January 31, 2011
By Paul Martin

Joe Weisenthal
Business Insider
Jan 31, 2011

From Al-Jazeera, a quick update on the cash situation in Egypt.

Not surprisingly, ATMs have apparently run out of cash — no doubt fueled by aggressive withdrawals and the inability to refill them.

And the network also cites currency traders who say that up to $500 million per day is being withdrawn from the country.

In terms of how much cash there is in Egypt, Citi reported this last Thursday:

In fact, there is an argument that the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will not be too bothered if portfolio investors choose not to roll over their holdings of T-Bills in the coming months. As with many emerging market authorities during 2010, they were instead more concerned about the complete opposite, a rising level of foreign ownership of T-bills, which peaked at US$11.3bn, or 23.7% of the outstanding stock in October 2010, and the potential pressure for exchange rate appreciation that this created.

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