• Gold Standard I...
    07/28/2015 - 04:17
    Greece has no future, so long as it clings to the euro. The dollar won't servce you much better. A drachma will only harm the Greek people. That leaves one other option.

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Tsipras Sells Out Referendum 'No' Vote Ahead Of Weekend Deadline





Facing pressure from all sides, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras sells out voters and looks to push concessions through parliament ahead of Sunday deadline.

 
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Frontrunning: July 10





  • Fed Chair Yellen To Speak As Global Tensions Rise (WSJ)
  • Greek PM Tsipras seeks party backing after abrupt concessions (Reuters)
  • France Hails Greek Aid Proposals as Germany Reserves Judgment (BBG)
  • Greek PM says does not have mandate to exit eurozone (Reuters)
  • France Intercedes on Greece’s Behalf to Try to Hold Eurozone Together (WSJ)
  • Frozen Funds, Fleeing Tourists: Greek Startups Feel the Pinch (BBG)
  • Doubts Simmer Despite China’s Gain (WSJ)
 
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When The Going Gets Tough, The Feds Take Your Money





The time of deflationary confiscation is coming closer for the remaining Greek bank depositors. Those who kept their cash in safe deposit boxes at banks are out of luck too: the government has decreed they may not take it out. This is something one needs to keep in mind – if one wants to keep cash outside the banking system, one cannot leave it in a bank safe deposit box either. The government will confiscate it when push comes to shove and the banks need to be rescued.

 
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China Soars Most Since 2009 After Government Threatens Short Sellers With Arrest, Global Stocks Surge





The Shanghai Composite Index had dropped as much as 3.8% to a 4 month low before the news that the cops were going to arrest anyone who was caught "maliciously shorting stocks", when everything suddenly took off, and the SHCOMP closed  a "Dramamine required" 5.8% higher, the biggest daily increase since March 2009! Stocks around the globe followed, with US equity futures wiping out much of yesterday's losses and up 1% at last check.

 
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Draghi Voices "Unprecedented Doubt" Greek Solution Will Be Found: Complete Greek Overnight Summary





In an odd escalation over the Grexit fiasco, where Greece is now expected to provide yet another detailed reform proposal today by midnight at the very latest, it was the one man whose decision will make or break the Eurozone when (if) he decides to impose even more ELA collateral haircuts (or yank ELA entirely) forcing Greece to Grexit by imposing its own currency (since there is no legal mechanism to kick a nation out of the new Berlin Wall) that made some surprisingly candid comments on the fate of the Greek negotiations. According to Reuters, ECB president Mario Draghi voiced "unprecedented doubts about the chances of rescuing Greece from bankruptcy as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was due to put forward last-ditch reform proposals on Thursday."

 
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Frontrunning: July 9





  • Only update software on down days: NYSE, SEC Suspect Software Update Triggered Trading Halt (BBG)
  • Trade halts add to China’s Potemkin market problem (Reuters)
  • Why Beijing’s Efforts Have Failed to Tame China’s Stock Market (WSJ)
  • Irrational Exuberance Triggers Chaos as China Watchdog Sidelined (BBG)
  • China bounce ends five-day losing streak for stocks (Reuters)
  • Fear Grows in Greece as Decisive Hour Nears (WSJ)
  • Once Swarming with Greek Visitors, a Bulgarian Town Reels as Business Languishes (WSJ)
  • Greece Shuts Markets Through July 13 as Officials Debate Bailout (BBG)
  • Germany calls for European defence sector consolidation (Reuters)
 
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Greece Preparing "Alternative Currency", Kathimerini Says





Facing an acute cash shortage and a worsening credit crunch which together threaten to leave government employees in the lurch and cut off the flow of imported goods, Kathimerini says Greece is preparing for the launch of an "alternative currency." 

 
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Germany Crushes All Hope Of Greece Getting Debt Relief





"At the moment and in principle we see, as the chancellor said expressly in her press conference in Brussels, no occasion at all to discuss this issue - there is no leverage or basis for that," Martin Jaeger said at a news conference. "That refers to a haircut in the classic sense but I explicitly add we also take that to mean measures that aim to bring about a reduction in the cash value of debt - those are things that you hear in discussions under profiling, restructuring and similar things."

 
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"Prove You're Not A False Prophet!"; Tsipras Lambasted At Fire And Brimstone European Parliament Session





Facing a new “deadline” to submit a viable proposal to EU creditors and keep Greece in the eurozone, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras faced friends and enemies at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, where there was no shortage of fireworks from both sides of the Grexit debate. 

 
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Frontrunning: July 8





  • Greece and China expose limits of 'whatever it takes' (Reuters)
  • China no longer has a market: China Stock Sellers Frozen Out of 71% of Market (BBG)
  • China’s Market Rescue Makes Matters Worse as Prices Lose Meaning (BBG)
  • China Stocks Plunge as State Support Fails to Revive Confidence (BBG)
  • China Market Rout Spreads From Stocks to Price of Pig Food (BBG)
  • China’s State-Owned Firms Ordered Not to Cut Share Holdings (BBG)
  • Greece Requests Three-Year Bailout in First Step Toward Meeting Creditors’ Demand (WSJ)
  • Greece Faces Euro Exit Unless Demands Accepted by Sunday (BBG)
 
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Greece Caves, Formally Requests ESM Bailout: Full Headline And Next Steps Summary





Greece formally requested a three-year bailout from the eurozone’s rescue fund Wednesday and pledged to start implementing some of the overhauls demanded by creditors by early next week. Crucially for Greece’s creditors, the letter says the government would start implementing some measures, including on taxation and pensions, by the beginning of next week, though it doesn’t go into details. The letter is a first step toward fulfilling a demand by international creditors, who have given Athens until Sunday to come up with tougher measures they would impose in return for desperately needed financing that could keep the country from bankruptcy and even worse economic turmoil. 

 
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Merkel Mocks Greece And The Referendum: There Is Money, But The Deal Is Much Harsher Now (And No Debt Haircut)





GREEK PROPOSALS HAVE TO GO BEYOND WHAT BAILOUT INSTITUTIONS DEMANDED BEFORE REFERENDUM
MERKEL RULES OUT DEBT 'HAIRCUT'
JUNCKER: LAST MOMENT FOR GREEK GOVT WILL BE MONDAY MORNING

 
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Cronyism Pays: Eric Holder Triumphantly Returns To Law Firm That Lobbies For Banks





After failing to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008, former Attorney General Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients. The move completes one of the more troubling trips through the revolving door for a cabinet secretary. Holder worked at Covington from 2001 right up to being sworn in as attorney general in Feburary 2009. And Covington literally kept an office empty for him, awaiting his return. When the firm moved to a new building last year, it kept an 11th-story corner office reserved for Holder.

 
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