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Portugal "Insolvency Sweeping Under The Rug" - Friday Edition

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It's a day ending in Y. Meaning it is time for the ECB to go ahead and sweep another billion or so Portuguese bonds under the rug. Because you can't have the 10 Year yield at all time highs (as in yesterday) and for that relentless stream of lies emanating from every ECB bureaucrat's orifice to be taken seriously, can you. We give the ECB another month before they realize what the SNB figured out long ago: it's best to give up when it comes to direct market manipulation. We are confident Portuguese bonds will hit another all time high yield by the middle of next week. And at some point European taxpayers may just ask what all their money is being spent on.


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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:54 | 973931 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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If it's anything like them Persian rugs, there will be people in the street soon demanding that the banksters stop messing with their monie.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:55 | 973935 Sudden Debt
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And at some point European taxpayers may just ask what all their money is being spent on.




Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:13 | 974003 Azannoth
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It' for a good cause, like Attack submarines for Israel

"Unglaublich: Der deutsche Steuerzahler zahlt U-Boote für Israel!"


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:55 | 973936 Sueco
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Apparently European countries can afford higher interest rates... get this farse over with already

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:55 | 973938 Ragnarok
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It's nice to know other taxpayers around the world also have soar bums, misery likes company.


Side note: When the waitress says "Would you like it Thai Hot?" just say no, you'll thank me in the morning.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:56 | 973939 doomandbloom
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when the see the $ falling too low...they bring out bad news about Europe...and vice versa...

the great balancing act...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:12 | 973991 Hammurabi
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DoomDoom you absolutley right

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:59 | 973942 Ratscam
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Mr. Hildebrand (Mr. Ben Shalom B. of Switzerland) incurred currency losses of CHF 31bn (roughly USD 32bn) in 2010. With the help of gold the final loss for the SNB was CHF 21 bn.

Great fucking government banking wankers. Any private company would have fired any of their sorry asses.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:00 | 973947 jus_lite_reading
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Now, I don't claim to be the brightest individual on the face of this earth but shouldn't the "markets" be even a little down on-

China curbing lending

EU debt crisis exploding

The Middle East going to hell in a hand basket





And YET-- US Treasury's Geithner says the global economy is in better shape than its been in last 2 to 3 years --AND-- the so called "markets" are GREEN!




Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:02 | 973957 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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US equities have a free line of credit, why on earth would they go down?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:12 | 973995 jus_lite_reading
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I know, that's why I find it more than ironic, they are worried about "global imbalances" when the so called "FREE markets" are the most imbalanced markets around.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:27 | 974085 Vampyroteuthis ...
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It is OpEx day. The market will NOT go down at any cost. Monday may be different though.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:00 | 973952 Misean
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That's one hell of a rug. Still, that's gotta leave a bump...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:13 | 973953 firstdivision
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Who cares about insolvent countries.  Today is all about the NASDAQ breaking its all time high since the tech bubble burst.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:14 | 974010 gwar5
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Europe was sequentially rolling out the sovereign crises as long as the ECB was having it's way rolling up the taxpayers. 

Now, not so much. They smell revolutions and trying to keep things quiet so they don't get Mubaracked.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:17 | 974021 Josephine29
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The European Central Bank seems to be intervening at the end of the week these days. But as was pointed out in an analysis of the ECB's strategy to help Portugal it is doing this for a reason.

Care is needed here as they were reported as buyers on Thursday and these numbers only include settled trades up until Friday so I expect them next week


So the ECB is trying to hide how much it is buying.......

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:19 | 974034 EconSammie
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Good point those central bankers are being sneaky again.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:24 | 974071 morph
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Meanwhile over at the 2YR...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:42 | 974169 Mike2100
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talking about rugs, try Arraiolos, the best in the world.

Portugal is being resilient, isn't it!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:00 | 974249 topcallingtroll
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Where are all the euro snob posters now? I miss their tut tutting about how their system is so much better than ours.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:05 | 974273 apberusdisvet
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If the Irish say FU to the IMF/ECB, then it's game over.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:47 | 975110 topcallingtroll
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they should.  Go Irish!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:38 | 976024 Buck Johnson
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Mark to Unicorn, extend and pretend whatever, the western banking system is bust and they are doing everything they can to keep it from imploding.

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