Stress Test

"Meanwhile In Europe..." - The Big Day Arrives

Less than a month after the "shocking" election of Donald Trump as US president, the world prepares for another day of political shockwaves, this time out of Europe, when on Sunday all eyes will be on Italy and, to a slightly lesser extent, Austria.

Mexican Central Bank Head Quits Amid Fears Over "Trump Impact"

In one of the day's more puzzling developments, the head of the Mexican central bank, Augusten Carstens, announced he would unexpectedly stand down from his post next July, 4 years ahead of his term's end. Why the sudden announcement? Among the theories emerging is that Carstens has had enough dealing with the unpredicabilities in the political climate, especially since the Trump election, and wanted out.

RBS Tumbles After Failing BoE's "Toughest Ever Stress Test"

While the term 'stress test' has been applied almost mockingly to European and US banks in an effort to create confidence for investors (because if the government sees risks 'contained' then why worry), this morning's Bank of England stress test results highlighted "capital inadequacies" for three major UK banks. While Barclays and Standard Chartered fell short, it is taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland that is slumping on a need to cut costs, raise capital, and sell assets.

Frontrunning: November 30

  • Oil soars on OPEC hopes, dollar renews its surge (Reuters)
  • Oil Rallies on OPEC Optimism, Spurring Gains in Energy Producers (BBG)
  • Saudis say to take 'big hit' on oil output for OPEC deal, Iran can freeze (Reuters)
  • Leaner and meaner: U.S. shale greater threat to OPEC after oil price war (Reuters)
  • an the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower in 2017? (BBG)
  • RBS Fails Toughest-Ever BOE Stress Test, Boosts Capital Plan (RBS)

Monte Paschi Begins Bondholder "Bail-In": Will Equitize Over €4 Billion In Junior Bonds

Following the Monte Paschi board meeting, Italy's third largest bank apporved the start of a "voluntary" debt-to-equity swap offer which will target subordinated bonds for total outstanding amount of 4.289 billion euros. The bank is also considering possibility of launching conversion into equity of 1 billion euros of Fresh 2008 bonds. Monte Paschi will offer between 20-100 percent of nominal value in bond swap offer.