Traders were a bit puzzled by how the markets responded to Greece’s requesting the implementation of the proposed aid package. Prior to the request, Greek debt was in full panic mode. Yields on Greek bonds spiked to over 12% and appeared ready to explode. After the request, Greek bonds rallied enough to bring the yield to just under 10%. That was understandable since a potential package might insure that you would actually get your money back. What was confusing was the bounce in the Euro and the resultant rally in stocks, oil and gold. That reaction seemed to imply that the rescue package was “a given”. Yet there were no details on what kind of austerity program Greece would implement in exchange for an aid package. Lacking clear austerity, it is hard to believe Germany would put up any funds. To do so would put the German government at risk of failing. (It is a coalition government.) Conversely, a strict austerity program would certainly bring social unrest to the streets of Athens. That, in turn, might likely bring down the Greek government. So, traders were puzzled by the pundit response that the request equaled a solution. The devil is in the details. - Art Cashin
Last week's number one soundbite on CNBC was the increase from the all time bottom in new home sales. What they did not focus on was the reason for this. Here it is, courtesy of David Rosenberg.
Merkel's 1pm GMT speech disclosed that Greece can pretty much surrender all hope of funding prior to Germany's May 9 elections. The chancellor said that not only must Greece show it can return to a sustainable budget path, but that further savings measures are needed. Sell that to the Greek people who, courtesy of paradropped Kindles, have had a chance to finally figure out what Austerity 1.0 means. They can look up version 2.0 at their leisure. Lastly, Merkel said she "feels an obligation toward stability of EUR." Look for the EUR to sell off on this latest political non-news.
"This is not the sovereign crisis you are looking for."
"This is not the sovereign crisis we are looking for."
"Buy shares of Goldman Sachs which is innocent of being a market monopolist."
"We will buy shares of Goldman Sachs which is innocent of being a market monopolist."
"Move along, move along"
- Computerized front running: how a computer program designed to save the free market turned into a monster (Web of Debt, h/t MF)
- Even after failing to keep Citi above $5, US Treasury to sell 1.5 billion shares of Citi stock (Bloomberg)
- Dodd accepts ban on bank derivatives business (AP)
- But hold on: this would hinder the billionaire's plans to become a trillionaire: Berkshite presses lawmakers to roll back proposed curbs, avoiding potential hit... and we can't have that now can we (WSJ)
- Rogoff says Greece may not be Europe's last bailout (Bloomberg)
- Bill Gross: "In order to pay the interest and the bill when it comes due, we'll
simply have to issue more IOUs. That, to me, is Ponzi-like. It's a game that can never be finished." (WaPo)
- Do you have any reforms in size XL? (NYT)
- AXA Rosenberg finds cording error in risk program (Reuters)
- Asian stocks, commodities rally on economic recovery, Greece.
- Bond traders declare inflation dead with yields below 2008 crisis levels.
- China is considering introducing new or higher taxes on real estate.
- Consumer spending in US probably stepped up, carrying expansion in 2010.
- Dollar rises versus Yen amid signs of global recovery before Fed meeting.
- Finance Ministers urge IMF, EU to speed aid to Greece at Washington Talks.
- Germany is laying the legal ground for its contribution to the financial aid package for Greece.
"We are trapped in some horrendous Keynesian/monetarist nightmare, where policymakers, aided/abetted/advised by their buddies in the media, in the lobbyist cabal and in financial system, have YET AGAIN decided to go down the route which merely delays the problem/pushes it down the road, but which virtually guarantees that when the NEXT bubble collapses (I assume it will be the Global Government Debt/Bond Bubble and/or the Global Fiat Money/Paper Money/FX Bubble), there is NO pleasant way back. When this next bubble collapses, those of us living/working in these problem economies will realise, too late of course, that WE are the new emerging markets. And no, I don't mean the next China, instead my reference is to Argentina back in the late 90s/early 00s!. So if (as it seems to me) - even though we are agreed on the weak sustainable grwth outlook for the UK US Japan & Europe - that I WAS wrong and that Kevin is right on Austerity and the Reflation Trade, that policymakers will simply keep on behaving recklessly by loading on more debt and blowing more and bigger bubbles until the point of market and/or taxpayer revulsion, then this has some very clear 'asset allocation', and other implications" Bob Janjuah
RANsquawk European Morning Briefing - Stocks, Bonds, FX etc. – 26/04/10
Greek HDAT Withdraws Official Bond Price Disclosure, Greek Spreads At New Record, Greek Stock Market Down 2.5%Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/26/2010 - 07:48
The Greek bond holiday is here. Greece's bond pricing administration HDAT has withdrawn bond prices as spreads have hit 650 bps. Greece acknowledges it is game over as 10 Years are at 10%, and 3 Years at 13%. Stock liquidation are rampant as Greeks are on the verge of panic: the ASE is down 3% and investors are now widely expecting a 10% correction to below 1,700 on the ASE. And Portugal is now officially part of the party Portuguese - CDS just hit 310 bps.In the meantime Germany is starting to feel the burn - German FinMin Schaeuble has stated he is determined to defend the stability of the euro by asking that Greek talks with IMF conclude by weekend. He also said that he anticipates that Euro zone and IMF want to free up Greek aid simultaneously and does not favour idea of granting Greece moratorium on debt. Alas, the time for speeches is over. Making matters worse, Germany’s SPD says will not back accelerated parliamentary process to approve Greek aid, rendering all rhetoric useless. Lastly, Angela Merkel will make a statementon Greece at 13:00 GMT. We can't wait to hear the powerlessness in her voice.
Every now and then, congressmen (and their staffers) have a knack of taking a terrific opportunity to investigate the alleged criminality at the apex of Wall Street (such as Tuesday's hearing with Darth Blankfein), and blow it by 1) pursuing personal agendas that have nothing to do with the matter at hand and 2) having no understanding of the matter at hand. And when the matter at hand is something as complex as CDOs (just ask Lloyd or Ben Bernanke - both will tell you that only Goldman understood these products well enough to trade them, and that only the Fed is smart enough to regulate them),televised embarrassment is sure to follow. Which is why we have prepared some bedside reading for all those who intend on grilling Lloyd on Tuesday.
Goldman has been on a roll this week. After losing all credibility (or whatever they had) with the markets, the objective media and Main Street, but not their clients, who were the ones losing the most for interacting with the squid, yet refuse to take their business elsewhere for fear of being locked out from the market monopolist with the greatest amount of inventory (yes, economies of scale when compounded with not so subtle forced liquidations of key competitors end up in monopolistic outcomes), now their economic team is taking a gamble with its own reputation (this is the team that won the best big bank economic team aware for 2009). In a note distributed to clients, entitled "What's the Right Measure of US Government Debt?" Andrew Tilton and Alec Phillips try to present the case that contrary to what you may have heard, the $12.8 trillion of US debt is not really worth losing sleep over. In fact the next time Goldman needs a bailout and the resultant $2-20 trillion of new debt are added to the make the 2s30s at about 100%, that should not be a source of concern either.
A Detailed Look At Goldman's Mortgage Trading Strategy In Late 2006 And 2007; The Goldman "Directive"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/25/2010 - 19:04
One of the key topics over the next week will be just what was Goldman's exposure to the mortgage industry in 2006 and 2007, and was the firm actively short mortgage exposure or was it merely, as it claims, just a market maker without any active positions on its prop desk. Courtesy of Carl Levin's recently declassified Goldman emails and presentations we get an extensive glimpse into Goldman's net exposure, its DV01, its counterparties, as well as how the firm was planning on interfering with the market when it needed liquidity to offload legacy positions. We also get a rare glimpse into the contributions from Tourre's mentor, Jonathan Egol. Let's dig in.
As Zero Hedge first reported, rumors within the South Korean community that North Korea would receive the full blame for the tragic sinking of the South Korean ship Cheonan have turned out to be true. Today, the WSJ confirms: "South Korea's top military official said Sunday that a torpedo likely
exploded under the Cheonan, the South Korean patrol boat that sank a
month ago near the maritime border with North Korea, edging Seoul even
closer to declaring it was attacked by forces from the North." So with the obvious finally confirmed by everyone, the only question now is "what's next?" According to the WSJ, "South
Korea faces several constraints in penalizing Pyongyang, starting with
the prospect that a military response could escalate into a war that no
one here wants. And the timing of a response may be shaped by an
approaching election and the amount of time and effort it takes to
rally international support for economic penalties." Alas, the animosity between the two countries runs so deep that mitigating the populist response may just be a task a tad too impossible for either administration to accomplish.