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Varoufakis Confirms Greece Will Default To IMF Today


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Greek Capital Controls Begin: Greek Banks, Stock Market Will Not Open On Monday


Despite the reassurances from any and all elected (and unelected) officials, given the run on bank ATMs in Greece has turned into a stampede, it is not surprising that the CEO of Piraeus Bank just announced Greek banks would remain closed for at least one week; further as reported yesterday, the Greek stock market will also remain closed. 

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Draghi Freezes Greek ELA, Varoufakis Tells BBC "Looking At Imposing Capital Controls, Closing Banks"

A little under 24 hours before Europe opens for trading, and just under 12 hours before the open of equity futures, and things are not looking good.

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G-7, EU Banking Officials Hold Emergency Calls Ahead Of Black Monday

Multiple “emergency” meetings have been scheduled for Sunday as EU officials scramble to figure out how best to deal with what is likely to be a turbulent week and to consider the impact a potential Grexit will have on the currency bloc, its member nations and institutions, and on the global financial system as a whole. Meanwhile, Germany assesses Grexit damage.

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Greek Parliament Votes In Favor Of Referendum

Update: As expected, the Greek parliament has voted in favor of the referendum announced Saturday by PM Alexis Tsipras. 

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IMF Confirms Greek Referendum "Irrelevant" After Program Expires On Tuesday

If there was any confusion if, as we warned was the biggest problem with the Greek referendum namely that next weekend there will no longer be a proposal to vote on, the IMF's Christine Lagarde just put it to rest. As she told the BBC moments ago, the Greek government's planned referendum on the terms of any new bailout plan will be invalid after Tuesday, when the current programme expires. As a result, the Greek people would be voting on proposals that were no longer in place.

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EU Officials Unleash The Fearmongery: "The Crisis Has Commenced"

Presented with little comment aside to ask if someone is off-script?


But always remember, "Greece doesn't matter," which as Mohamed El-Erian explains, is somewhat true, since European leaders have two other existential issues to contend with also...

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"This Is A Sad Decision": Europe Responds To The Greek Referendum, Which Has One Massive Problem

While the path ahead suddenly just got very confusing for both Greece and Europe, one thing is clear: going forward the Greeks will only have themselves to blame for whatever the final outcome is. That, and the Greek trargicomedy which has now lasted for over 5 years, may finally be over.

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Shots Fired: ECB Again 'Threatens' To Collapse Greek Bank System

Given the self-admitted lack of 'rules' around emergency funding from The ECB, today's (latest) threats to withhold Greek funding "due to politicial events" are perhaps the most ominous non-blackmail warning yet by the entirely independent Mario Draghi and his henchmen...

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Grexident Looming: Eurogroup Meeting Ends Prematurely With No Deal

Following meetings with EU officials and then with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and ECB chief Mario Draghi on Wednesday evening, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is back at it on Thursday, in a frantic attempt to salvage a deal with creditors. He'll need to win over EU finance chiefs (who are collectively losing their will to keep Greece in the currency bloc) and the IMF as the EU summit kicks off in Brussels.

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Greece Rejects "Totally Unacceptable" IMF Counterproposal Demanding Pension Cuts: Full Redline Comparison

The renewed optimism that's surrounded Greek debt negotiations since Monday evening evaporated like deposits on a hot summer day in Athens this morning as the IMF has indicated it will stick to its "red lines" on pension cuts and the VAT, meaning PM Alexis Tsipras will either surrender unconditionally or embrace an EMU exit.

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"No Deal": Tsipras Says Creditors Did Not Accept Greek Proposal

Who could have possibly foreseen that the IMF would throw up all over the Greek "proposal"... aside from this post here "Why The IMF Will Reject The Latest Greek Proposal In Just Two Numbers" yesterday afternoon of course. In any event, moments ago Bloomberg reported that just as we wrote here yesterday afternoon, there is no deal and that Greek PM Alexis Tsipras told his associates that creditors not accepting equivalent fiscal measures has never happened before, according to a Greek govt official, who asked not to be named in line with policy. Creditors “not accepting parametric measures has never happened before. Neither in Ireland, nor in Portugal, nor anywhere. This strange stance can hide two scenarios; they either don’t want an agreement or serve specific interests in Greece.”

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Greece Capitulates: Tsipras Crosses "Red Line", Will Accept Bailout Extension

Under pressure from all sides (and most importantly from Mario Draghi who holds the fate of the Greek banking sector in his hands) Greece looks to have folded and is now set to accept an extension of its current bailout program. PM Alexis Tsipras now faces an uphill battle to unite Syriza around what is likely to be an unpopular agreement. If he fails, the country could plunge into political and social turmoil. 

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Collapse, Part 1: Greece

When systems are broke and broken, collapse is the only way forward.

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Bernanke Blasts Lew's $10 Bill Woman-ification

"I was appalled to hear of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's decision last week to demote Alexander Hamilton from his featured position on the ten dollar bill... a better solution is available: Replace Andrew Jackson, a man of many unattractive qualities and a poor president, on the twenty dollar bill. Given his views on central banking, Jackson would probably be fine with having his image dropped from a Federal Reserve note."

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