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A police officer stands by a protest banner outside of parliament before a meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus.
A police officer stands by a protest banner outside of parliament before a meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus.
(Petros Karadjias/AP)

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Cyprus move’s two scary words: ‘bank run’

So much for the idea that tail risks are off the table.

The whole point of tail risks, those low-probability but high-impact outcomes that seemed all too common in the depths of the financial crisis, is that they are hard to see coming. The idea that Cyprus, a nation with a population the size of Calgary and 0.2 per cent of the European economy, could be the starting point for a broader European bank run is nothing if not a reminder of that.