Greece Just Lost Control Of Its Banks, And Why Deposit Haircuts Are Imminent

One of the preconditions imposed on Greece for a deal is that it signs into law European rules that would put euro zone authorities at the ECB and in Brussels, rather than Athens, in charge of identifying and closing or breaking up sick banks. This in turn could lead to a shake-up of the sector that could see some banks close, with losses pushed onto bondholders and possibly even large depositors. In such circumstances, there would be little that Athens could do to prevent this.

 

'1984' Comes To Europe - The End Of Freedom Of Speech In Spain

Spain has shown that it is fully on board with the Brussels authoritarian direction of ending democracy. Those in power have simply convinced themselves that the people do not understand what is good for them so they must impose their will upon the people but raw force. How does this differ in any what from the justification of imposing communism? This is the death of all freedom and it is upon our doorstep.

The Last Days Of 'Normal Life' In America

The debt-fueled prosperity that so many of us take for granted is about to come to a screeching halt, and we are about to enter the hardest times that any of us have ever known.  And we are not just talking about economics either.  Based on all of the intel and information that we have gathered, we are about to enter a “perfect storm” that is going to shake this country in just about every possible way that it can be shaken.  So we hope that you will truly savor this summer – days like this will not come around again any time soon.

US Army May Use Hollow Points In New Pistols In Violation Of International Protocol

Fragmenting ammunition does a lot more damage and thus has more "stopping power" than full metal jacket ammo, so one might reasonably suspect that the Army’s goal in giving every soldier a magazine full of hollow points is simply to increase the kill rate. Not so, says the Army - it’s all about preventing collateral damage.

Donald Trump: A False Flag Candidate?

Trump has been playing the media with his supposed presidential ambitions for years, but it was clear then that it was just The Donald doing what he does best – promoting himself. And so the question jumps out at us: Why now? Although we have no concrete proof of the theory, there’s plenty of circumstantial evidence. His ties to the Clintons, his past pronouncements which are in such blatant contradiction to his current fulminations, and the cries of joy from the Clintonian gallery and the media (or do I repeat myself) all point to a single conclusion: the Trump campaign is a Democratic wrecking operation aimed straight at the GOP’s base. Donald Trump is a false-flag candidate.

Censored By Sanction? Barclays Freezes Accounts Of Russia's News Agency

The UK has frozen the bank account of Russia's Rossiya Segodnya news agency without any explanation. "To close the account of one of the world’s leading news agencies is censorship, the direct obstruction of journalists’ work," Dmitry Kiselyov, head of the news agency, exclaimed, asking "what kind of press freedom and democracy can Britain claim to have if it prevents one of the world's largest news agencies from working in the country?" As RT reports, while no official justification for the move has been offered, RT reports a source in the banking sector told the agency the Exchequer has put Dmitry Kiselyov on an anti-Russian sanctions list. With David Cameron in full tyrannical 1984-mode, this latest move is perhaps not entirely surprising (though we await the boomerang from Putin).

China Big Cap Stocks Continue Slide Despite Another Liquidity Injection; Margin Debt Rises For 2nd Day

"This has caused me a lot of heartache. It will take some time to recover," exclaims one disgruntled (and self-admitted greedy) Chinese investor who lost it all in the recent equity market demise. "It is forever a planned market, a planned economy," which as one China policy professor noted, means "the massive state intervention, especially preventing major shareholders from selling shares and going after short sellers, has damaged financial sector reform in profound and permanent ways." Having fallen over 4.5% from its highs into the close yesterday, the CSI-300 index and FTSE China A50 are both opening weaker as nearly 30% of securities remain halted and margin debt rises for the 2nd day in a row.

"Someone Has To Be Held Accountable", House Committee Presses Fed On Leaks

When last we checked in with Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, he was in the process of learning a frustrating lesson about central bankers in the post-crisis world. Namely, that whatever pretension of accountability the position of Fed chair retained in the lead up to the crisis disappeared entirely when Ben Bernanke 'saved the world' from financial armageddon in 2008.

Will Chinese Farmers Never Learn?

A 30-40% decline in indices and still it appears the average Chinese person thinks "making money trading stocks is easier than farmwork." As the following chart shows, a thundering herd of margin calls, panicing policy makers, and media frenzy has done nothing to dampen renewed gambling fever in what is now the most speculative nation in the world as margin-financing as a percent of trading volumes has exploded once again in the last few days...

David Einhorn Says Varoufakis "Must Not Be Familiar With The Tyler Durden School Of Negotiation"

"Mr. Varoufakis, who kept reminding everyone that he is a professor of game theory, believed that the European leaders would prefer to make concessions now rather than manage the disruption of a Greek default. He must not be familiar with the Tyler Durden school of negotiation: the first rule of using game theory is you do not talk about using game theory. What’s more obvious is that Syriza didn’t understand what the game is."

Germany Just Killed Its Golden Goose

It’s not just about Greece, it’s about the whole EU. The Troika thinks that by scaring the living daylights out of the periphery, its power will increase. Germany just killed its golden goose. And boy, is that ever stupid. The main thing here is that Don Corleone was not a psychopath or sociopath, and that’s more than you can say for Schäuble and Dijsselbloem and Juncker and their ilk. While brute force may look attractive and decisive and all, in the end it will be their undoing. The Italians and Spanish and French have noted every word of this, and more. Europe as it is, is already over. Everything from here on in is a mere death rattle.

US Automakers Worst Nightmare: Chinese Auto Inventories Explode In May

A week ago we exposed the massive number of cars piling up in GM's parking lots in China. A few days later, we note that Chinese auto sales have collapsed at the fastest rate in 3 years and an increasing number of new orders are being cancelled as the stock market crashes. But the triple whammy for US auto manufacturers - who have incessantly pitched China as their growth engine - is news from Huaxia Times that China's import car dealers saw inventory days reach a mind-blowing 143 days in May. For context, the normal average has been 24-36 days. Once again it appears the serial extrapolators at the automakers, excited by the serial extrapolators at the big banks have excitedly mal-invested right at the turn.

Cashtration: As Goes Greece, So Goes The World

The tedious drama that we’ve been observing in Greece in recent years is far from over. What we’re witnessing is the greatest credit bubble/debt bubble that mankind has ever seen. What we’re seeing in Greece is not merely a country of socialistically inclined people behaving very foolishly. We’re seeing a small pin pricking a very large balloon. Greek debt is tied to EU debt. EU debt is tied to world debt. The coming debacle may unfold in this manner...