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Eurozone Debt Crisis: Another Failed Bailout Scheme?

October 27th, 2011 Comments off

Once again, as they have already done countless times before since the emergence of the European sovereign debt crisis, the 27 political head honchos of the European Union have once again boasted that they have saved the global economy from collapse with finally, the real definitive cure for the crisis. However, the only thing really distinct with this latest version of the EU cure is that the numbers are much larger. The politicos claim that they have received agreement from impacted banks to  write off 50 percent of the value of outstanding loans to Greece. Banks in turn will receive recapitalization from the EU. And perhaps most striking in terms of attempting to win investor confidence, the value of the EFSF, or Eurozone bailout fund, will expand from just over $400 billion to around $ 1.4 trillion. No wonder the European politicians are patting themselves on the back, while predictably stock exchanges across the globe are rallying to new, dizzying heights.

So, should we believe that this time, after so many failed attempts also advertised as the real solution, the politicians have finally got it right? I don’t think so. The massive write-down of Greek debt will jeopardize the financial solvency of many European banks, requiring massive recapitalization. That is supposedly why the European Financial Stability Facility is being expanded to a level of one trillion euros. But where will the Europeans get this money? From the same banks they will need to bail out? From investors already spooked by a 50 percent write-down on Greek debt? From China?  From already over-leveraged German taxpayers? In the meantime, the other PIIGS nations are on the brink of insolvency (Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Spain), not to mention fragile eastern European economies, which nobody in the EU will even discuss. No wonder the agreement announced in  Brussels is lacking in specific details.

Nouriel Roubini  tweeted this morning, “Little in EZ plan to restore growth/competitiveness. Without it financial schemes (greek haircut, bank recap, levered EFSF) alone will fail.” Professor Roubini has had a far more reliable track record in predicting the trajectory of the global economic crisis then all the 27 EU political leaders and their army of economic and financial advisors combined. The fact that Nouriel Roubini is already predicting that the EU’s latest bailout plan will fail is far more significant, in my view, then all the stock market rallies being fed by the latest self-congratulatory propaganda coming out of Brussels.

                 

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Officer Larry of the NYPD is on his way to Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan to arrest peaceful protesters involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Being a public spirited member of the New York Police Department, Officer Larry does remind us that there is a global economic crisis underway that rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s.
 
 
 

 

Severe European Banking Crisis Looms

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

Over the weekend the highest ranking cadre of inept European Union politicians were gathered in solemn deliberations, as they once again promise the world that the growing sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone will be permanently “solved.” But the issue is no longer only the debt crisis in Greece, or the other PIIGS countries-Portugal, Italy , Ireland and Spain. The unsustainability of the public debts throughout the Eurozone  now have the banking system of Europe on the precipice of disaster. It is likely that many if not most major European banks would fail a real stress tests, not the phony stress tests recently administered.

One of the issues being debated by the European politicians is having the banks accept some degree of loss on their outstanding loans to Greece. The problem is that such a loss would mean transferring the insolvency of Greece to those very banks. The politicians in Europe know that, so they are already discussing how to recapitalize their banks. But with what? The European nations are themselves all heavily indebted. Germany is resisting the call by France to employ the ECB (European Central  Bank) as a printing machine to “lend” euros conjured out of thin air to the European Financial Stability Facility; the EFFS would in turn provide the money to the banks requiring recapitalizing.

While the frenzied talk rages on in Europe, the continent’s banking system is headed for a crisis that may rival the impact that the Lehman Brothers debacle had on the global economy in 2008.

                 

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Officer Larry of the NYPD is on his way to Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan to arrest peaceful protesters involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Being a public spirited member of the New York Police Department, Officer Larry does remind us that there is a global economic crisis underway that rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s.