By Frances Coppola
The banks are re-opening, though just for transactions, so people can pay their bills and their taxes, pay in cheques, that kind of thing. The cash withdrawal limit has been changed to a weekly limit of 420 EUR per card per person, enabling households to manage their cash flow better. But the capital controls remain: money cannot leave the country without the agreement of the Finance Ministry. And the banks remain short of cash: although the ECB has raised the funding limit by 900m EUR, that only amounts to about 80 EUR per Greek so won't go very far. But the tourist season is in full swing, and tourists have been advised to bring cash into the country rather than using ATMs in Greece. On balance, therefore, Greece's monetary conditions should be easing. But there is a...
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Frances Coppola, a former banker, is a writer, singer and twitterer extraordinaire. Coppola Comment is her main blog, which started out as a place where she could ramble on about anything that interested her. These days the posts on the site are entirely about matters financial and economic. She does not talk about her personal life or beliefs unless they are relevant to a financial or economic matter. Frances is politically non-aligned and economically neutral (She does not regard herself as "belonging" to any particular school of economics). And she does not give investment advice.