Bank Run

Negative Interest Rates & The War On Cash, Part 3: "Beware The Promoters"

The main promoters of cash elimination in favour of electronic currency are Willem Buiter, Kenneth Rogoff, and Miles Kimball... in order to implement substantially negative interest rates..."If all central bank liabilities were electronic, paying a negative interest on reserves (basically charging a fee) would be trivial. But as long as central banks stand ready to convert electronic deposits to zero-interest paper currency in unlimited amounts, it suddenly becomes very hard to push interest rates below levels of, say, -0.25 to -0.50 percent, certainly not on a sustained basis. Hoarding cash may be inconvenient and risky, but if rates become too negative, it becomes worth it."

Son Of China's "Grand General" Reveals Reason Behind China's Capital Flight"

China’s most politically powerful families had been transferring money out of the country for some time. “They don’t believe they will hold on to power long enough — sooner or later they would collapse,” said Mr. Luo, a former colonel in the Chinese Army whose younger brother was a business partner with one of Anbang’s founders. “So they transfer their money.”

The Blessing Of Cash (And Why Central Bankers Hate It So Much)

Cash is an unambiguously a blessing to productive workers, savers, and entrepreneurs who wish to protect their hard earned money from the crazed theories and swindling schemes promoted by statists like Rogoff and the central bankers he advises.

Italy Races To Arrange €5 Billion Bailout For Monte Paschi Before Friday's Stress Test

Italy is scrambling to secure a privately-backed bailout of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the most exposed of the country’s troubled lenders, including a plan to raise €5bn of fresh capital so as to avert nationalisation, the FT reports. The bank needs to obtain some €5 bilion in capital ahead of Friday's stress test, or else a dire "contagion" scenario could unfold that could impair not only all Italian banks, but promptly spread first to France and then to Germany...

Italy Tasks JPMorgan With Creating A €50 Billion Bank Bailout

JPMorgan has been appointed by the Italian government to work on plans to set up a bank to buy troubled loans from the country’s lenders at approximately 20% of face value. The gross notional size of Italy's Bad Bank #2 would be €50 billion. As part of JPM's plan, the government would acquire some of the bad loans at a price of 20 cents in the euro.

Turkish Central Bank Pledges "Unlimited Liquidity" On Bank Run Fears: Wall Street's Take

On Friday, the Turkish Lira suffered its biggest daily drop in 8 years, and added to its woes after having lost more than 40% of its value since the end of 2012. So in an attempt to stabilize the financial system, earlier today, in a terse, 7-bullet statement, Turkey’s central bank vowed to provide "unlimited liquidity" to banks, while Deputy Prime Minister Simsek said nation’s macroeconomic foundations remain “solid.” Meanwhile, Wall Street's analysts chimed in on what they expect to happen in the coming days.

Deutsche Bank's Chief Economist Calls For €150 Billion Bailout Of European Banks

David Folkerts-Landau, the chief economist of Deutsche Bank, has called for a multi-billion dollar bailout for European banks. Speaking to Germany's Welt am Sonntag, the economist said European institutions should get fresh capital for a recapitalization following a similar bailout in the US. What he didn't say is that the US bailout took place nearly a decade ago, in the meantime Europe's financial sector was supposed to be fixed courtesy of "prudent" fiscal and monetary policy. It wasn't.

Italy Bans Short-Selling In Monte Paschi For Three Months, Forgets To Ban Buying Of CDS

Consob bans for three months net short positions on Banca MPS shares - The prohibition shall apply from tomorrow 7 July 2016 until 5 October 2016 - It affects derivatives and market makers as well. The prohibition on net short positions strengthens and extends the ban to short selling adopted yesterday, as the new prohibition bans both short selling on BMPS shares and short positions taken though single stock derivatives on BMPS shares.

A Look Inside Europe's Next Crisis: Why Everyone Is Finally Panicking About Italian Banks

Back in May 2013, we wrote an article titled "Europe's EUR 500 Billion Ticking NPL Time Bomb" in which we laid out the biggest danger facing European banks: non-performing loans. As of this moment, that time bomb may have finally gone off: as the WSJ writes overnight, the Brexit damage to the rest of Europe "could be more immediate and potentially more serious. Nowhere is the risk concentrated more heavily than in the Italian banking sector." Indeed, "Brexit could lead to a full-blown banking crisis in Italy." Here's why.

Italy Bans Short-Selling Of Imploding Monte Paschi

Having collapsed 99.7% from its July 2007 highs at EUR93, Banca Monte dei Paschi Siena - Italy's 3rd largest bank - is in dire straits. And in confirmation that the fecal matter is about to strike a rotating object, Italian regulators just 'temporarily' banned short-selling of BMPS stock.