If Europe is Saved Why Are Corporations Storing Cash With the ECB?

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While the financial world
becomes euphoric based on an unsubstantiated rumor of yet another European
bailout package cited from an unnamed source and reported by one of the least
insightful financial commentators on the planet, the reality is that Europe is
imploding.

 

Indeed, a mere two weeks ago
FIVE central banks intervened to help the European banking system. The benefits
of that intervention last one week.

 

Dollar Funding Costs Rise As Central Banks' Plan Seen
Inadequate

 

European banks are finding dollars an
expensive commodity once again, as the afterglow fades from a coordinated
central bank plan to improve liquidity.

 

Swapping euros for dollars now costs about as much as it
did before the European Central Bank said Thursday it would work with
counterparts in the U.S., Europe and Japan to provide dollars for banks struggling
to access U.S. currency.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110919-708511.html 

 

Things are
now so bad in Europe that corporations are now pulling their money from private
banks and depositing directly with the ECB:

 

Siemens shelters up to €6bn at ECB

 

Siemens withdrew more than
half-a-billion euros in cash deposits from a large French bank two weeks ago
and transferred it to the European Central Bank, in a sign of how companies are
seeking havens amid Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.

 

The German industrial group withdrew
the money partly because of concerns about the future financial health of the
bank and partly to benefit from higher interest rates paid by the ECB, a person
with direct knowledge of the matter told the Financial Times
.

 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dca4cc08-e096-11e0-bd01-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz1YUDV8yBw

 

Lloyd’s of London Pulls Euro Bank Deposits

 

Lloyd’s of London, concerned European
governments may be unable to support lenders in a worsening debt crisis, has
pulled deposits in some peripheral economies as the European Central Bank
provided dollars to one euro-area institution.

 

“There are a lot of banks who, because
of the uncertainty around Europe, the market has stopped using to place
deposits with,” Luke Savage, finance director of the world’s oldest insurance
market, said today in a phone interview. “If you’re worried the government
itself might be at risk, then you’re certainly worried the banks could be taken
down with them.”

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-21/lloyd-s-of-london-posts-697-million-pound-loss-on-disasters-1-.html

 

This hardly suggests
that corporations have confidence in the European banking system. And why
should they? One of the key market props for the Euro, China, is pulling out.

 

China bank stops FX swaps,
forwards with some European banks –sources

 

A big market-making state bank in
China's onshore foreign exchange market has stopped foreign exchange forwards
and swaps trading with several European banks due to the unfolding debt crisis
in Europe, two sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

 

The European banks include French
lenders Societe Generale , Credit Agricole and BNP Paribas .

 

"Apart from spot trading, all
swaps and forwards trading (with the European banks) have been stopped,"
one source who is familiar with the matter told Reuters.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/20/idUSB9E7K102K20110920

 

 

China to keep buying U.S.
Treasuries: report

 

China, the largest foreign holder of
U.S. government debt, will keep buying U.S. Treasuries, the official People's
Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece reported on Tuesday, citing
government researchers.

 

In an article about the reasons for
China's increased purchase of U.S. Treasuries, the newspaper cited Yan Xiaona,
a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as saying that the
dollar "is relatively safer than the euro" because of the unfolding
sovereign debt crisis in Europe.

 

Yan was quoted as saying that
dollar-denominated assets remained attractive for investors around the globe.

 

Wang Chaocai, a Ministry of Finance
researcher, was quoted as saying that "what
else we can buy if not U.S. Treasuries? It's more risky to buy into
equities."

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/20/us-china-us-treasuries-idUSTRE78J0BL20110920

 

 

I will be
blunt here. Until an actual NAMED GERMAN official comes forward and says that
an expanded EFSF plan is on the way, all rumors are complete and utter BS. Anything
coming from a Greek official, Italian official, or an unnamed source is just
garbage and means nothing.

 

No German support. NO more Bailouts. NO EU
in its current form. End of story.

 

Indeed,
while the lemmings pile into stocks believing in this nonsense, smart investors
are already preparing for the next leg down in the markets. The reason is simple:
last week’s sell off is JUST the beginning of what's coming.

 

This is no
mere correction nor is it just a brief hiccup for the financial markets. This
is the GREAT COLLAPSE and the markets will be going to new lows (below the
March 2009 lows) in the coming months.

 

We're also
going to be seeing major banks go under, market crashes, food shortages,
government shutdowns, and SYSTEMIC FAILURE.

 

Yes, I
believe that before this mess ends, the financial system as a whole will have
collapsed. What's coming is going to make 2008 look like a joke.

 

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