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Italian Scandal Widens As Italy's Third Largest Bank Set To Get Third Bailout In 3 Years; Draghi, Monti Implicated

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While little has been said in the mainstream western press about the ongoing fiasco surrounding Siena's Banca Monte dei Pasci, Italy's third largest bank and the world's oldest which may get its third bailout in three years - or even be nationalized - as soon as today, for fears that it may break the thin veneer of "recovery" in the European financial system, the situation on the ground in Italy is getting more serious by the minute, and will have implications on both next month's general election, on Mario Monti, on Silvio Berlusconi, on frontrunner for the Prime Minister post Pier Luigi Bersani, and reach as far up as the head of the ECB - Mario Draghi.

Several hours ago, on Saturday morning, the four-member board of the Bank of Italy - this time without its prior president Mario Draghi - met to consider the position of scandal-hit bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena and decide whether to authorize its request for 3.9 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of state loans.

As we reported previously, it has emerged over the past week that due to previously undisclosed derivative contracts first exposed by Bloomberg, the Siena bank has hid as much as $1 billion in losses. However as was explained in "Will The Super Goldman Mario Brothers Succeed In Covering Up The Latest Italian Bailout Scandal", this discovery has far greater implications for both the bank's future viability, as well as the implied credibility of both the Bank of Italy, and especially the man who headed it for five years before becoming head of the ECB (where he now demands the same supervisory authority over all European banks that he had in Italy, only to supposedly let countless derivative fiascos slip through his fingers).

As Zero Hedge first connected the dots, it is not so much a question of why BMPS engaged in a variety of derivative deals, of which only three have emerged so far and likely has many more on the books, but how or rather why, the then-Draghi led Bank of Italy allowed this to happen not once, not twice, but at least three times.

What the ultimate purpose of these deals was is still unclear and will likely become apparent eventually, however it will likely require the former Chairman of the bank, Giuseppe Mussari, who served as Chair from 2006 until April 2012, and who officially quit his post as Italy's top banking lobbyist after today's revelations, to testify. One person whom he may testify against is none other than current ECB head Mario Draghi, who just happened to be the head of the Bank of Italy from 2006 to 2011, or the entire period when Monte Paschi was engaging in what increasingly appears to have been fraudulent activity.

The next day, Retuers released "Draghi under fire over Monte Paschi derivatives scandal" continuing where we left off:

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is facing criticism over a scandal involving loss-making derivatives trades made by troubled Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena while he was Italy's central bank governor.

 

Former Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti said in a tweet that it was "stupefying" that in his role as supervisor of Italy's banking system Draghi had failed to discover or prevent the trades, which took place between 2006 and 2009.

 

An ECB spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter, saying that it was "the responsibility of national authorities."

 

Current Economy Minister Vittorio Grilli avoided mentioning Draghi directly but stressed that it was not the government but the central bank that was responsible for bank supervision.

 

"It wasn't us that did the controlling," he told reporters. "On the checks, all I will say is that it is the responsibility of the Bank of Italy."

Draghi saw no evil, smelled no evil, and certainly heard no evil:

On Wednesday the central bank tried to deflect any criticism, saying the nature of the trades had been "kept hidden" and were only recently divulged by new management appointed last year to turn the bank around.

 

Draghi, who has won wide plaudits as ECB president, left the Bank of Italy in late 2011 after a five-year stint as governor.

 

During this time he was also president of the Financial Stability Board, an international body charged with improving financial supervision and regulation.

 

The deals under scrutiny are the so-called "Alexandria" trade with Japanese bank Nomura, the "Santorini" trade with Deutsche Bank and a derivative called "Nota Italia", with an unspecified bank.

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One of the roots of its problems - the 2007 acquisition of smaller rival Antonveneta for a whopping 9 billion euros in cash just months before the beginning of the financial crisis - was also done under Draghi's watch.

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"One has to wonder what the Bank of Italy was doing given all the visits they've paid to Monte dei Paschi in recent months," said a source close to the situation.

 

"If what they came here to look at was only the information publicly available in the bank's financial statements, they could have done that from Rome."

If only Mario Draghi could threaten to print countless lira, as he has effectively done as head of the ECB, to contain, for now, the European banking implosion, all would be well, however he can't, and for now at least the problem is contained to Italy.

Of course, the Bank of Italy could punt, and effectively push the problem to the ECB's plate, but the second that happens the fragile alliance between surreality and outright idiocy that has gripped European pundits and "analysts", who claim Europe is fixed, when in reality nobody knows what the banks have on their balance sheets, or how many more trillions in liquidity they collectively need before their capitalization is fixed (that is a trick statement, of course, because excess liquidity will never, ever help with capitalization issues, as much as the ECB pretends otherwise) will crash and burn.

The problem for the ECB in coming to an indirect cash bailout of BMPS would be its own historical record from as recently as a month ago, when the second bailout of Monte Paschi was being finalized. From Reuters:

The terms of a state bailout scheme for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy's third biggest lender, could pose more challenges to the bank's performance, the European Central Bank said. The ECB, which will supervise euro zone's lenders from March 2014, also said on Thursday it was told by the Italian government too late into the process about the details of the rescue.

 

Monte dei Paschi was forced to request state aid after failing to meet tougher capital requirements set by the European Banking Authority.

 

the ECB said issuing more bonds to pay for the coupon would add to the bank's debt burden in an already difficult economic environment.

 

"This could pose further challenges to the bank's performance in the near term and impair its capacity to redeem (the bonds) in a timely manner," the ECB said in an opinion posted on its website. It said it would be preferable for the bank to issue new shares to the treasury to help pay interest - an option that is possible under the scheme but is not favored by the treasury or by the bank.

So the Italian head of the ECB was told by the Italian government headed by Monti, both former workers of Goldman Sachs about the terms of the second Monte Paschi bailout, "too late"? And upon hearing of said bailout, it was the ECB's determination that a more feasible bailout structure would be to issue equity - equity from an entity that one short month later would need another bailout and possibly nationalization (hint: equity value = zero)?


One couldn't make this up!

But if it was only a question of implicating Draghi, we are confident that the BMPS scandal would promptly go away after the Frankfurt-based central bank slipped a few billion €s under the table to the current head of the BOI - Ignazio Visco - delaying the eruption of the problem for another year. However, what is unique this time is that the BMPS fallout has far broader political implications due to BMPS' historical links to the centre-left, and the fact that Bersani's Democratic Party runs the local government in Siena where Monte Paschi is based, and controls the banking foundation that is the lender's biggest shareholder.

As a reminder Bersani is the frontrunner to replace Mario Monti as Italian PM. Which means the immediate involvement of the entire media empire apparatus of who else but...

Yup - Silvio, who is also running in next month's election, is now on the case, and where Silvio goes, the public is sure to follow.

As Bloomberg reports:

Berlusconi and his allies have slammed Monti over the bailout by linking the aid to an unpopular real estate levy on first homes, known as the IMU, which raised from Italian taxpayers an amount similar to the emergency loans designated for Monte Paschi.

 

We paid the IMU to Monti so that he could save the bank” of the Democratic Party, read yesterday’s front-page headline in newspaper Il Giornale, owned by Berlusconi’s brother Paolo. “What has been said about interventions and comparisons between the amount used for aid and the revenue from taxes is a complete fantasy,” Monti said.

 

Monti said today in an Italian radio interview that the election campaign shouldn’t affect the bailout timing because it’s being carried out under European rules. Still, he acknowledged that the Monte Paschi case “has a lot to do with the ugly beast of mixing banks and politics.”

The irony of course, is that the first bailout that Monte Paschi received was when Berlusconi was still PM:

Monte Paschi, the world’s oldest bank, received a first bailout from Berlusconi’s government in 2009, and has now added 500 million euros to its aid request to cover potential losses linked to the structured-finance deals, bringing the total cost of the rescue to 3.9 billion euros

However, to distract from his involvement, Silvio will be more than happy to throw none other than Draghi under the bus for having been the BOI's head at the time, and after all - it was Draghi's decision to bail out BMPS, not the Prime Minister's.

Ah, the plot thickens:

“We want to know the truth, we’re tired of being taken advantage of,” said shareholder Gianni Acciughi, 60, who took early retirement from Monte Paschi in 2009. “How is possible that nobody knew anything about this? If that’s the case, then legal action has to be taken immediately against those responsible.”

 

Members of the Northern League party, a partner in Berlusconi’s previous government, demonstrated at today’s investor meeting. They distributed leaflets criticizing Mussari’s management and his ties to the Democratic Party.

And for those who still believe this is a non-issue, Beppe Grillo, the leader of the 5 Star Movement running in the campaign, and a very popular grass roots candidate among voters disenchanted by both parties, "said the bank’s case will turn into a scandal worse than the collapse of food company Parmalat SpA in 2003."

Needless to say the scramble by everyone to cover their backsides ahead of what is sure to be an epic media, publicity and political scandal has started:

[Bank of Italy head] Visco attended the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday where he gave a spate of interviews to try to deflect accusations that the BOI had not done its job properly.

 

"It is wrong to insinuate that there was a lack of supervision by the Bank of Italy," he told CNBC television, adding that his institution had nothing to hide and would cooperate with prosecutors probing the Tuscan lender.

 

Visco told reporters on Friday that "there is no question that the bank is stable."

Actually, there is:

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti said late on Friday he considered it a "remote hypothesis" that the bank would end up needing to be nationalized.

So... there is "a question"?

It only gets better:

In Davos, Visco sidestepped questions about whether Draghi knew about the derivatives trades, which were conducted between 2006 and 2009 and involved Japanese bank Nomura and Deutsche Bank.

 

Internal auditors at Monte Paschi already detected anomalies at the bank's finance department responsible for derivative operations three years ago, daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Saturday, quoting parts of the audit dated November 26, 2009.

 

However, the outcome of the audit was "partially favorable" for the Siena-based bank, contrasting with "partially unfavorable" rating given by Bank of Italy inspectors led by Vincenzo Cantarella at the end of an inspection from May-August 2010.

 

Press reports on Saturday suggest the scandal around Monte Paschi is widening.

Yes it is. And it is "widening" at a time when former Bundesbank head Weber said in Davos that everyone in Europe has succeeded in sticking their heads in the sand:

Central banks can buy time, but they cannot fix issues long-term,” former Bundesbank President Axel Weber, now chairman of UBS AG, said in the Swiss ski resort yesterday. “There’s a perception that they are the only game in town.”

This coming from the former head of the one European central bank which several days ago requested that all of its Paris gold, and much of its New York-based gold, be repatriated.

And when the next leg of the financial crisis flares up, which it will as nothing at all has been fixed, unless one considers stuffing all outstanding issues under the rug "fixing", nobody will have been able to foresee any of it. As always.

And it will be, naturally, "someone else's fault."

 


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Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:15 | Link to Comment AssFire
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Italy has nothing to fear. Jack Jew is requiring all Treasury officials to begin driving Fiats.

All 8's must be written sideways- also in his new policies.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:36 | Link to Comment Motorhead
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FIAT - Fehler in allen Teilen

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:50 | Link to Comment CrazyCooter
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Maybe we can get them all to call into that CNBC guy who got Ackman and Ichan going at it. That would be sweet!

Regards,

Cooter

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:01 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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"Draghi saw no evil, smelled no evil, and certainly heard no evil"

It may be possible to see no evil and hear no evil, but I doubt anyone can avoid smelling no evil, especially if one is sitting on the Imperial throne.

But, I have to wonder if the White House has installed vents in the toliet seats so that his Imperial Majesty doesn't have to smell his own farts.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:04 | Link to Comment walküre
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Tylers, keep on top of this and all the other banking scandals.

There are so many of them, it should be published on a separate website and listed in great detail which bank is involved in which scandal on behalf of which government and so on.

Expose the global swindel for all to see. One site with all the information on all the dirty deals can be circulated in the entire world and give the crooks a run for their money - literally.

The RESET needs to happen asap and these crooks need to be removed from the levers of control for good - DEAD OR ALIVE.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:23 | Link to Comment iDealMeat
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In Davos, Visco sidestepped questions about whether Draghi knew about the derivatives trades, which were conducted between 2006 and 2009 and involved Japanese bank Nomura and Deutsche Bank.

 

 

Nomura and Deutsche Bank.

Both Primary Dealers of the US Federal Reserve...

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:42 | Link to Comment ArkansasAngie
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So ... the third bank is?????

Bank of New York?  Bank of America?  JPM?  Goldman?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:23 | Link to Comment macholatte
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Updated phraseology for clarity

 

Market = casino

Derivative trade = bet

derivative deals = gambling

derivative operations = racketeering 

undisclosed derivative contracts = gambling debts hidden from wife

fraudulent activity = raiding the cookier jar 

Bailout = pimping your whore

the market finally took notice = pit boss is hawking the table

banking lobbyist = whore

central bank governor = madam

regulator = cheap whore

turn the bank around = put lipstick on a pig

state bailout scheme = con game

equity = ether

truth = new lie

 

 

 Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement.
Dan Quayle

 

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:53 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Yep, Dan Quayle was ahead of his time, that potatoe head.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:22 | Link to Comment knukles
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I sent a note to FullMonti and Bungabunga suggesting an explanation to at least the Banca Monte dei Pasci problem.  That they were only chartered in 1479 (or thereabouts) and haven't had time to stabilize the account base.

Haven't heard anything back.
Ya' know, I get ever so tired of coming up with elegant explanations to the world's problems for which I never get any credit. 

(Credit!  Get it, credit?) 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:07 | Link to Comment OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Pultizer Prize reporting. ZH leads the way.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:51 | Link to Comment GNWT
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nice dude, thats what the assholes want...to divide us..

 

but do get your point, jews like Buffett, Moynihan, Mozillo

and Corzine must be stopped...

 

G

 

/sarc

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:56 | Link to Comment max2205
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This is so bad we could run to spy 1650 next week

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:20 | Link to Comment yogibear
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FYI

Urban Dictionary - According to several Korean business men, a 'Jack Jew' is someone who is a wall street mother fucker

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:19 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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What the fuck??

You mean to tell me corruption in Italian banking isn't limited to just a few small players?

No one could have fucking seen this coming...no one.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:00 | Link to Comment Arius
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dont be naive ... there are not just small crooks ... actually, if one is a crook can be either .... well, thats what i think anyway ...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Silvio is as pure as the driven snow compared to the Goldman scum.   If Silvio said - "enough - we are leaving the Euro."  He would be a hero.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:46 | Link to Comment Pizza spaghetti...
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Look, Silvio has already anticipated you. He indeed said at the beginning of the electoral campaign someting to the extent that Italy should leave the euro. Only, international MSM have failed to expand on that.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:11 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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Occupy Walloni Street!!!!

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 08:30 | Link to Comment overmedicatedun...
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no legal controlling authority...party on

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:29 | Link to Comment falak pema
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nationalisation will be the burning issue in Italy and Spain and maybe France and UK; if it hits Germany its game over for Euro.

This will have to be resolved in 2013/2014 as the system has to be flushed out if the individual banks are unsustainable. Draghi cannot save the less compromised banks if he also does the more so ones. Its now bad apples leave the system or the system collapses faster than fast. 

It has already hit the US in 2008 where Citi and BofA were nationalised; de facto. But FED is reserve king...we will see if the famous Euro banking consolidation forseen for 2014 onwards is already efficient. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:39 | Link to Comment Banksters
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Same shit, different day ECB wins case to conceal Greek debt secrets Secret documents revealing the extent of the European Central Bank’s knowledge of Greece’s concealed debt issues prior to its €240bn (£195bn) tax-payer funded rescue have been withheld in a "disturbing" EU court ruling.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9713651/ECB-wins-case...

 

Power concedes nothing without a demand- Frederick Douglass

 

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:52 | Link to Comment falak pema
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implacable circulatory logic. Despotism at its best. 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:33 | Link to Comment gould's fisker
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And there's more trouble in Ireland--ECB doesn't want to take its funny paper fearing everyone will start giving them monopoly bucks to be paid back in 30 yrs.  It's like a pond full of ugly ducklings in development for black swan status--foreseeable, certainly, there's just too damn many of them.

http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-ecb-rejects-irish-bid-promissory-note-sources-152427166--sector.html

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Cash burn rate Bitchez

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:28 | Link to Comment Desert Irish
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Pass the popcorn please....

but... but... they passed the ECB's banking stress test.

http://english.mps.it/Investor+Relations/Comunicati/Archivio/Banca+MPS+p...

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:28 | Link to Comment nmewn
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I've got an idea for a widening probe but it doesn't involve investigation.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:35 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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Don't forget the Vicks Vapo .. and remember to seal up all openings of your protective outer garments against the flies.  Zombie's are always so friggin' nasty, especially when being dispatched

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Bam_Man
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There will just have to be more austerity to pay for the next bailout (and the next one after that).

This is how it will continue until the people put an end to it with pitchforks and rope.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:11 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Austerity won't play for long in Italy now

Berlusconi, bunga-bunga and the break-up of the euro ... with maybe Italy the first to bolt, and perhaps:

Spain, Portugal and Greece follow quickly ... German and French banks start to collapse from contagion ... UK leaves the EU amid the smoke and fire, to avoid helping pay for the mess ...

And we go back to a humbler, pre-2002 EU, a trade and customs group ... while Germany leads a deal with Russia for energy, as the basis for re-building after the mess

The euro I think will stay as a strong Northern currency, Germany, Austria, the Low Countries, Finland ... and then Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland attach to it

Will be a wild ride, but a needed merciful end to getting the southern countries out of the euro straitjacket, and all the totally un-necessary agony

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:59 | Link to Comment Freddie
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I agree.  The one thing I disagree is Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland joing the new strong euro.  They should stay out.  The euro needs to go but they really need to dump the EUSSR with criminals like Baraoso, Van Rompouy and the rest of that lot.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:30 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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ZeroHedge presents: The Full Monti...Exposing the Frauds.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:30 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Undisclosed derivatives contracts. Deutsche Bank, counterparty.

Hmm, didn't DB do the same thing?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:43 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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WB7, time to create Bernank’s iPhone central planning trading App.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:56 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Yep. "hid losses so massive the bank would have failed if they had become known." what falak says above as well is spot on. NationalISM is as much a problem as nationalization. "complexity is everywhere and always hobgoblin of sound finance." these folks WANT a pristine balance sheet...but what it takes to create that fiction (in the USA it was securitization) literally defines the bank. Interestingly one of the counter parties is undefined. If you're going to nationalize you might want to know who that is/was. Anywho "the Song Remains the Same." this is all about restoring confidence in the economy as a whole...and simply put Europe is still not there.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment HoaX
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On a similar note, in the Netherlands one of the bigger banks/insurers SNS Reaal is in deep trouble as well. Mainly because of their real-estate portfolio in big projects like golf resorts in Spain (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/snsreaal-spain-idUSL5E9CAFSA20...). There is now a big discussion whether tax-payers should foot the several billion dollar bailout or it has to fall on bondholders (shareholders will have to pay already).

Will be continued.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:01 | Link to Comment debtor of last ...
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Banks ABN AMRO and ING were not allowed to step in by Brussels. Rabobank said in that case SNS is too big for us alone. A bad bank will be established, maybe other partys can take over the whole bank, the 'good' and the bad parts. I believe taxpayers will take another hit.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:33 | Link to Comment HoaX
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Indeed, ABN AMRO and ING are not allowed to step in because they have received extensive state support as well by the way, just to clarify for others.

Rabobank is a different story and another sign of the strength of Cooperative banking, they have never needed state support unlike ING, ABN and SNS in the past.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:59 | Link to Comment Zwelgje
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BS, they (Rabo) received funds from the FED.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:35 | Link to Comment umbertoz
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This is the real news: Monte dei Pashi paid two billions Euros (I repeat two billions) bribe to the centre left party. The Siena prosecutor already asked for the documents to the UK, Spain and Swisse police. This is the news in Italian: http://www.repubblica.it/economia/2013/01/26/news/mps_ombra_tangente-513... (here translate with google translate: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ru&ie=...

 

MPS suspected bribes to 2 billion 
purchase of bank Antonveneta The Finance investigates the influx of funds from London, where he would end up part of the 9 billion paid to Santander. And they would be returning to Italy. Shadow that probably will expand liability beyond the face of Mussari and Vigna. The Prosecution of Siena await the outcome of the vote: the doubt that behind foreign operations there were gifts to partiesby our correspondents Carlo Bonini and ANDREA GREEK

SIENA - The secret of the system Mussari, incipit of  the catastrophe of MPS, is an account of a bank in London in 2007 of which were parked € 2 billion. 

Those 2 billion euro are incongruous and never justified premium to purchase Antonveneta with which to feed the appetites of politics, the ruthlessness of the management of the Mount and make indissoluble "harmonious tangle" of the third Italian bank, the oldest in the world. On that account would be parked in the mother of all bribes, then letting the time and a sequence of tax shields would allow the peaceful return to Italy to its direct beneficiaries or intermediaries. Politicians, in fact. Bankers. Manager. 

If this is so, if he gets it right this is now the main investigative assumptions on which they move the prosecutor of the Prosecutor of Siena and Antonino Nastasi Joseph Grosso and the Core police currency of Rome (which just made a number of London requests), the last five-year history of MPS will be rewritten from top to bottom and possibly the list of responsibilities do not stop at just Mussari and his men. In an announced "Armageddon" judicial, not surprisingly, has advised the prosecutor to await the outcome of the vote in February before his "discovery". And when the "new" MPS announced that it will be the injured party, demanding liability claims for billions of euro. 

London and the purchase of Antonveneta, then. From here you need to go. We are at the end of 2007 and the financial world is coming to dance on the edge of the abyss. The MPS of Mussari buy Antonveneta from Banco Santander to 9 billion in cash. Define a price that is less generous. Out of all logic and parameter and, moreover, inexplicably son of a revival of the same Mussari when the Spaniards seem ready to close to 7 billion. The 9 billion is paid in two installments and separate accounts. 7 billion directly to Santander. 2 billion on behalf of a bank in London in the availability of the same Santander. 

It is equipped with the tangent. Or, at least, this is the only logical explanation that can be given to the anomalies in the purchase: the premium and its payment of a separate account. Bank of Italy may rely on that operation, probably. But decides not to enter into the purchase price of asking the only condition to Mount to recapitalize. The Bank does, but in his own way. With the issuance of a convertible loan into shares of one billion (the so-called bond "fresh"), a debt contract with Mediobanca and Credit Suisse and payable to underwriters have always remained mysterious, some of which are traded abroad. It is a choice "quiet" the Bank of Italy at that time we all need. Why Antonveneta is a "system operation", where all cover everything, and for the benefit of all. And when you create new and cement loyalty. In Siena, but not only, as the jubilation, in 2010, the throne of Mussari ABI. Antonveneta, in fact, at that time a problem of the system, and as such is arranged with general satisfaction. 

Policy, the block of interest that controls the Bank. Too bad, that once swallowed the mouthful Antonveneta, begin the agony of Mt. At the bedside, which is applied parallel management structure, which belongs to the finance Gianluca Baldassarre (a relative of Mario Baldassarri, An economist then undersecretary of the Berlusconi government), his deputy Alberto Cantarini, and at least a dozen operators, leaders in the past decade of a theory of risky operations, derivative squared and machinations that now, at Palazzo Koch, do not hesitate to describe as "monstrous." These investments concluded in secret, and with little regard to the deadlines and good practice, using a lever thirty billion euro of which the bank earns very little (one zero point, if all goes well) while others earn much. 

To MPS and Baldassari is a turbofinanza must redo the trick to balance and move forward losses, if necessary, processed almonds miraculously useful (in the case of transactions Santorini and Alexandria).And that no one notices what is happening at that moment in Rocca Salimbeni is hard to believe. For one thing, "the agreement with Deutsche Bank London (the contract Santorini), which resulted in the end of 2008 the purchase of 2 billion BTP, related to financing the cost of which depended markedly random variables," increases one year after when it is included in the statistics, 30% in one fell swoop "the risk of the banking book." While MPS internal inspection in May 2009, as Bankitalia ensure a year later, "ended with positive opinion, not adequately considering the breach of the limit of structural liquidity, the risks of investing in desk and the effects of variable swap payable at a fixed rate in the context already in decline. " 

At that time MPS is a dying animal ready for any type of operation in order to survive must be the secret to the System. So much so that even Bank of Italy, as evidenced by the inspection report of May 2010, is showing signs of concern. Until the final act, New Year's Eve 2011, when the suasion of Via Nazionale is necessary, with the appointment of an external manager - Fabrizio Viola - head of the bank. A de facto commissioner, after less than a month away badly finance director Gianluca Baldassarre, paved the entire finance department and sent home, as he himself claimed yesterday at the meeting, "50% of the high management." Meanwhile, on that account the tangent London began to return to Italy. Fractions. In a sequence that is made by sporadic at some point in continuous flows and for this curious the Finance. The beginning of an investigation, and just the revelation 
of a system.

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:00 | Link to Comment PontifexMaximus
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it seems that you and tyler have some deep inside knowledge, tanto di capello. as I wrote already in my former comment, it's unfortunately a nobrainer. you will never be able to attack draghi, his fully covered by angela from the political side and from the us (jews) side by 200 west, nyc. therefore, all your arguments are not" zielführend". where is the real story? elections. as you wrote, MPS has a big quote of voting rights in the hands of the fondazione, which is ocontrolled by the left. who want's to win? you know the answer. what would you do, being the CEO of intesa or unicredit, knowing that MPS is gettung gov. funds? are you happy with it, fullfilling all your duties? and those bastards, lazaroni e fanulloni di turno get it free? mussari is the big winner. i would come up for a nice dinner with all the ZH bloggers in a decent italian resaurant, i know plenty of them, knowing about the details, why NOTHING will happen to him at all. omertà, come dicano i nostri fratelli del sud.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:35 | Link to Comment Motorhead
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Vai en culo, Monti, I mean, bitch!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:36 | Link to Comment sangell
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Now if Draghi can just rape a hotel maid and get tossed into Rikers Island no one will pay attention to this banking scandal.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:45 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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My guess is Mario's got his eye on that cute little bellhop, not the maid.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:25 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Cunt Draghula!  Just another blood sucking banker scourge upon the world.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Cycle
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Draghi probably facilitated the trades via his Goldman connections.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Certain not to make it onto CNBC but keep up the good work ZH.

What will it take to get these vampires away from our necks?

When will the deriviative/securitization/re-hypothecation circus end?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:05 | Link to Comment LeisureSmith
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What will it take to get these vampires away from our necks?

Intraveneous sivler/garlic solution to loosen the grip, wooden stake through the heart, remove head from body and bury separately. Piss on grave.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Time to roll out the Bavarian tank divisions.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:22 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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Ha...also known as the "Russian speed bump" in the 80's.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:18 | Link to Comment Motorhead
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Now, now, the Fulda Gap was in Hesse, not Bavaria.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:14 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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Indeed it was, and the Fulda gap was one section of the speed bump. Lest we forget the southern routes.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:50 | Link to Comment Never One Roach
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Since 20% of every bailout is embezzeld, I'm sure they welcome it.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:56 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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and therein lies the real story...the almighty skim.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:49 | Link to Comment magpie
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'unspecified bank' lol

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:53 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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Che differenza fa?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment Bam_Man
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L'amo quando lei parla Italiano!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:09 | Link to Comment TNTARG
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Pensare che é ora di cambiare le scarpe! Non gli sembra?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:16 | Link to Comment Boozer
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Tutti i gusti son gusti.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:34 | Link to Comment TNTARG
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Monti dei Paschi di Siena, Lehman o qualsiasi altra, non fa nessuna differenza! Sono tutti ladri, in ogni banca europea dell'Eurozona, alla BCE e i governi che sostengono quest'architettura per il saccheggio.

Meaning: There's no difference. All the Eurozone's banks are run by thieves; the BCE is mafia as well as the governments that support that ugly plundering architecture.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:56 | Link to Comment MiltonFriedmans...
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The first thing we do is let's kill all the bankers...then put a permanent end to the failed concept of fractional banking (faIled for the taxpayers, not so much for the banksters eh)

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 13:58 | Link to Comment davidsmith
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in reality nobody knows what the banks have on their balance sheets

 

 

The bad debt amounts to about $6 quadrillion worldwide.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Conman
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Japan laughs at that paltry amount. They also suggest that you "don't worry".

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:47 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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And of course if you're old or sick, hurry up and die.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Maybe we can help by dropping a few more nukes on selected cities. Just move all the old farts into select cities and poof.

Problem-mo solved.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:04 | Link to Comment ivana
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think that ordinary person cannot even imagine what kind of true mafia banksters are

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:06 | Link to Comment bugs_
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third...third...three

should be a very charmed transaction.

Unfortunately for these banks, their central bank props, and their government friends they are broke, bankrupt, SPEZZATO!

and there is NO fix, the bailouts are vapor which is why they do not last.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Wearing fresnel prism glasses can aid in focusing on the true debt restructuring program value.

 

/sarc

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment mr_nice
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you know what else Draghi had his hands in? LTCM. Bank of Italy invested around 200 mln with them when he was COO at the italian treasury..

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:48 | Link to Comment optimator
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Long Term Capito Management, the  whiz kids, nothing could go wrong........and the one chance in million it could, and did, they were bailed of course.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:11 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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Any comment from the Mafia?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:19 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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Look to anything being said by the Italian banking establishment for your answer

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:09 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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“We want to know the truth, we’re tired of being taken advantage of,” said shareholder Gianni Acciughi, 60, who took early retirement from Monte Paschi in 2009. “How is possible that nobody knew anything about this? If that’s the case, then legal action has to be taken immediately against those responsible.”

Gianni Acciughi - Poor clueless fuckovered while sleepwalking through life gerbervore.  Keep up this nonsense Gianni and some European court will issue a warrant for your arrest for making a terrorist demand whose only goal can be undermining EU solidarity.  If not then keep a sharp lookout for an Obamadrone.  You just might be targeted for termination as a threat to global financial stability .. er .. world peace

Time to pass the plate a third time there Mr. Monti

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:28 | Link to Comment booboo
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This short video will explain the complexity of modern day banking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYlJH81dSiw

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:46 | Link to Comment optimator
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Monti is really a nice guy, he's being wrongly trashed.   Just this evening he and his friend DSK are taking my nice young wife out for a fancy dinner........On second thougt, maybe I better talk to my wife now.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:48 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Bring back the Bunga Bunga already. How much room is left under the bus? I know a few more that need tickets.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:51 | Link to Comment q99x2
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The best way to rob a bank is to own one. W. Black.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 14:54 | Link to Comment Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Teflon!

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:04 | Link to Comment booboo
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Slicker then a greased eel in a barrel of hog fat.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment _ConanTheLibert...
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Hey guys, noticed the difference between Flavio on the front page and his picture in this article?

Look at his eyes on the front page. LOL.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:17 | Link to Comment suckerfishzilla
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A 23 million dollar fine would be commensurate for the offense if the two are ever prosecuted.  Take away their birthday for a year.  That should teach them a lesson.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment Conman
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"Take away their birthday for ever."

There fixed it for you.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 The [Pep Boyz], Berlusconi, Draghi, Monti, can't seem to stay out of the news... worthless asshats.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:06 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Caption

 

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE We stole from the peasants savings & we’ll do it again…

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 16:52 | Link to Comment TNTARG
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It seems that whas precisely Monti dei Paschi di Siena the bank who invented the derivatives under the form of tulips' insurance, 375 years ago. In 1623 a certain kind of tulip was very precious and everybody wanted it. At the time a Messer Cucinotti from Monte dei Paschi di Siena invented the "wind's commerce", meaning: he made the bank print insurance certificates for the tulips' bulbs and started to grant those certificates with a subsidiary in London that traded them charging a profit and so on.  Thing is that each certificate reached the ammount of 186 bonholders which they bought at different prices (from 8 to 75 fives the original ammount). The BMPS gave "investors" loans to purchase certificates, of course, granted by real states they owned. In 1635 the ammount of speculative finance reached 15 times the real wealth of the whole European royalty. In 1637 some aristocrats who needed cash started to sell and on february 9 had place the first gigantic financial catastrophe  in History.

It seems they never gave up fu'g people around.

Source: http://www.comedonchisciotte.org/site/modules.php?name=News&file=article...

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:04 | Link to Comment PontifexMaximus
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reading your article again, tyler, perfect reseach job done, you really must have inside knowledge about this matter, veramente, tanto di capello e profondamente al altezza di tutto ciò. i dont't know, whether visco would be happy to dispose over it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:07 | Link to Comment Skin666
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Zero Hedge Bitchez!

 

Thanks once again Tylers x

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 17:23 | Link to Comment Dollar Bill Hiccup
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The former Head of Monte P. may slip in the shower. Or shoot himself in the back of the head. Etc.

Then what ?

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 18:09 | Link to Comment mendigo
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Foremost, I hope nobodys going to set themselves on fire over this - it only provides entertainment for the bankers and you tube hits.

Separately, what will it take to get the public to take notice and question this - I don't think strong words from the big breasted bimbos on financial networks is going to get the job done. The Japanese never wokeup to what was and is being done to them - which is only fitting as they treat thier women and children so they were treated.

Are our elected really that in the pocket of the bankers that they cannot be bothered to take a serious look at what is going on.

Obama is clearly ownly a Chicago political hack.

Somehow I feel something or someone needs to tip the playing field just a little bit. The thing is they don't really accept that what they are doing is wrong - similar to the mistreatment of women in India. It would only take a few harsh sentences to get thier attention I think threat of capital punishment is not out of order. More likely they will get tough on the poor first.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:16 | Link to Comment Herdee
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There's lots of illegal money that'll always keep Italy afloat.Well at least they thought so.Then came along these little items called "derivatives" and we all know what old Warren Buffet has to say about them.Not even the billions made from supplying dope will save Italy and the United States Governments from overwhelming debt.

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 19:29 | Link to Comment hairball48
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"And it will be, naturally, "someone else's fault."

Gotta be Bush's fault then...right? :)

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:52 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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Draghi saw no evil, smelled no evil, and certainly heard no evil:

But, even though I've lost all my senses, I'm still the best person to lead you and the rest of Europe out of this mess from the top down because..........?

It's a Goldman thing.

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 13:14 | Link to Comment Remington IV
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amazingly enough , I remember going to vist Monte dei Pasci  to sell them our services , and couldnt ... must've been too much on the up and up for those guidos

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 05:38 | Link to Comment Ar-Pharazôn
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second time that i have to correct. i hope this time the author will read my comment.

 

IT'S "MONTE DEI PASCHI" WITH A FUCKING H

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