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Caught In The Cyprus Crossfire: Small Businesses Suddenly With Zero Cash

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One of the prevailing false conventional wisdoms about the Cypriot cash confiscation is that it primarily affected rich, tax-evading individuals of Russian origin. Alas, those same individuals are likely to have been least affected, as subsequent discoveries of capital control breaches by the "richest and best connected" reveal, while increasingly it appears that the uninsured depositors on whose back the nation of Cyprus was bailed out are small and medium corporations, who had been parking cash for net working capital purposes with Cyprus' banks, cash which is now gone forever to feed the creeping insolvent Euro-monster, and which can't be used to fund such day to day business activities as payroll, purchases, and business operations.

Such as this one:

The most of circulating assets on our business Current Account are blocked.


Over 700k of expropriated money will be used to repay country's debt. Probably we will get back about 20% of this amount in 6-7 years.


I'm not Russian oligarch, but just European medium size IT business. Thousands of other companies around Cyprus have the same situation.


The business is definitely ruined, all Cypriot workers to be fired.


We are moving to small Caribbean country where authorities have more respect to people's assets. Also we are thinking about using Bitcoin to pay wages and for payments between our partners.


Special thanks to:


- Jeroen Dijsselbloem
- Angela Merkel
- Manuel Barroso
- the rest of officials of "European Comission"


So while Cypriots may have been quite cool and collected during yesterday's bank reopening when the Troika was kind enough to give them access to €300 of their cash per day, one wonders just how cool and collected they will be when the implications of the cash crunch spread through the system, when hundreds of small and medium business are forced to lay everyone off overnight, when paychecks suddenly stop and when not only savings but ongoing cash grinds to a halt.

Because if the locals thought the deposit haircut is the worst of it, just wait until the full brunt of what a -20% depressionary collapse in the economy hits them head on.

h/t Manuel


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Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:12 | 3388088 firstdivision
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At least they doen't have margin calls like those that were long Corn, Wheat, and Soybeans yesterday.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:13 | 3388094 GetZeeGold
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Who needs food?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:17 | 3388101 dogbreath
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whats up with gold??

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:19 | 3388105 Zer0head
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TD check out e-receps comment on Canada bank bail in proposal

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:47 | 3388177 negative rates
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Knock knock,...........................................!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:49 | 3388181 BurningFuld
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Cyprus: This is a test of the emergency confiscation system. This is only a test. If this were an actual would be FUCKED!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:01 | 3388194 BaBaBouy
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FED Vault ???

FT Knox ???


What Happens When Everyone Wants Their GOLD In Hand ???

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:07 | 3388201 GetZeeGold
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Looks like it's dead.


Dammit Jim.....I'm a doctor, not a PM miracle worker.


Get it fixed Scotty.....we need to warp out of here mucho pronto.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:16 | 3388377 Fukushima Sam
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I'm sure everything is just fine over at Cyprus.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:22 | 3388396 CrazyCooter
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What I learned from this whole thread? According to Wiki, Alaska is a tax haven!

Seriously though, these idiots in Brussels had to know this was going to be the outcome, right? I mean, they can't be that stupid, right?

I still waffle between distilled incompetence and malice. The history books on this episode are going to be fascinating.



Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:38 | 3388432 kaiserhoff
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We're all crazy now, Cooter, because everything we thought we knew ain't working.

I don't think they are that stupid, but maybe that exhausted and desperate.  No two "bail-outs" are the same.  Not one of them makes any sense, or looks at the underlying problems.

Not sure it matters now whether it's incompetence or conspiracy.  There is clearly plenty of both.  Let's look ahead.

If the bank runs spread -  they surely will...

And/or another country or two has it's citizens savings raped - another sure thing...

The mother of all depressions will hit us hard, as everyone starts to follow the lead of ZH.  Silver uber alles.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:42 | 3388566 redpill
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Cyprus is a mortally wounded soldier that has been deliberately given an overdose of morphine so he might have a few moments of comfort and lucidity before the inevitable conclusion. As the Cypriot economy implodes, it will become far worse than worries over daily ATM withdrawal limits.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:44 | 3388449 DeadFred
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They're not stupid. The possibilities I see are:

1 They see the inside data and know things are so screwed up that Cyprus is small potatoes compared with that which cometh.

2. Someone (Germany?) has a vested interest in shaking the house. I tend toward number two that Germany is out to reorg the EU and put themselves in as CEO. Don't get your hopes up about the history books though. If they can tame the whole MSM news feed they can control the history books. If the system doesn't break we will keep being fed our steady diet of manure.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:53 | 3388584 NotApplicable
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As was known long, long ago.

There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved. -- Ludwig von Mises

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:16 | 3388516 flacon
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The victor always gets to write the History book. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:28 | 3388535 The Big Ching-aso
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If you want a picture of the future imagine a central banker's boot stamping on a small business owner's face forever.     It's almost Orwellian. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:01 | 3388734 palmereldritch
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and hold the cheque book

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:26 | 3388536 LostAtSea
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Intentional malice.  Those crazy NWO conspiracies are looking more and more plausible.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:21 | 3388638 The Big Ching-aso
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I'm starting to see a trend here.   The smaller the country and the greater its resources the more likely it'll be phucked first and phucked hard.      Switzerland however is the exception.    It may be small but they're very rich in lead deposits.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:05 | 3388749 palmereldritch
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not to mention the headquarters of the BIS...making it the ultimate looter's redoubt

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:58 | 3388723 AGuy
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" these idiots in Brussels had to know this was going to be the outcome, right? I mean, they can't be that stupid, right?"

LOL! Never underestimate the power of stupidity!



Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:06 | 3388209 natronic
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Mine IS in my hand, others will have pretty pieces of paper

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:10 | 3388504 bank guy in Brussels
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Paper money like this ... A picture of the new, very special Cypriot euro currency note ... The Zero Euro

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:22 | 3388642 The Big Ching-aso
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If George Orwell were alive today he'd have the sequel to 1984 already written for him.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:42 | 3388280 Groundhog Day
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What happens when everyone wants their gold in hand??

They get Hollow points...all they want

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:15 | 3388375 Karlus
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So, dumb question here. What if you put some big time money NOW into a Cyprus based bank?

Is it an ongoing haircut? Or did it happen on a date and after its cool? What if you combine some bank accounts and they go over the threshold, do you get funds held?

Or would you be able to snap up assets on the cheap while "saving" a few businesses with your hot capital injection?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:19 | 3388520 dark pools of soros
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you'd probably just get shot

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:28 | 3388538 SokPOTUS
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You'd have to be INSANE to make a deposit now of any amount.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:09 | 3388770 dogbreath
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Weather you were doind a wire transfer of depositing directly with a teller, there would be a spasmodic fit of uncontrolled laughter. The teller might tell you  to your face "are you crazy" 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:25 | 3388820 Clycntct
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Correction "You are Crazy"

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:48 | 3388179 idea_hamster
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I wonder what that "Lower Your Costs" link at the bottom of Laiki's web site leads to -- a passport agency?  Singpore citizenship application?  Suicide advice?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:41 | 3388277 Opinionated Ass
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Yup, this guy fucked up. Forgot to set his "Banking Alerts" to Your money will be stolen in 7 days like the savy Russian oligarchs did.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:55 | 3388480 kaiserhoff
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You steal the working capital from every small business..., on an island for god sake..., and the whole place implodes.


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:56 | 3388590 Matt
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It is amazing that people are still so in the dark over this. He:

1) states that the money was taken to pay off Cyprus (State debt) when it is instead simply an amount that was lost due to the bank making bad investments.

2) he thinks that putting his money in a small caribbean island will somehow make him safe, since they "respect property", not understanding this problem is universal.

Sounds like he is lining himself up to get burnt a second time.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:20 | 3388107 Going Loco
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Must be Kitco. Silver apparently opened in Hong Kong at 03:00 EST, crashed 50c, then closed immediately. Weird, but I doubt it means anything.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:01 | 3388197 JOYFUL
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My usual price-check site has been showing 'markets closed' for the last twelve hours...first time it's ever been down since I started using it. Coincident with the weird business at Kitco, the SD report and going into a long weekend...this is starting to look very weird....

and quite possibly a sign that they've lost control in the paper markets.

Mass bank holiday preparation for Easter Weekend? Gold over 1900 when\if markets re-open?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:11 | 3388356 Gief Gold Plox
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Most markets are closed today. EU banks are open but most will not settle transactions till Monday morning.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:13 | 3388368 Sandmann
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Really ? news to me. Most Banks are CLOSED on Good Friday and Monday as in the UK

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:13 | 3389525 Gief Gold Plox
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Damn, pardon me! Tuesday mornin'

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:13 | 3388369 Sandmann
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Really ? news to me. Most Banks are CLOSED on Good Friday and Monday as in the UK

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:21 | 3388393 e-recep
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i have been watching the gold price for some time now and i have never seen such a thing before. it goes flat with lots of random spikes? wtf?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:31 | 3388413 JOYFUL
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Combine that with the experience of last week (8 days lockdown) and the fix is in e-cep ...

time to pull the cord methinks....we've been warned.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:58 | 3388486 seek
seek's picture is also misreporting the change -- it's saying the price is down $53 in a day, and that's nowhere near the actual (smaller) decline.

Someone upstream on the quotes must be sending out bad data.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:25 | 3388121 Dooud
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Nothing to see here, gold is NOT manipulated in any way. Those truncated spikes are a totally random, free market occurrence.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:13 | 3388296 Chupacabra-322
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To Crush small business and secure the worlds resources via a Military Junta/Chicago School of Economics was always the intent among The Global Criminal Cabal (Bankster/Intelligence) Crime Syndicate.

I believe it was Criminal Rockefeller who said and envisioned a type of "Super Capitalism Mixed with Communism."  I'm just Paraphrasing a quote. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:20 | 3388522 dark pools of soros
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bitcoin hitting $100...... 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:46 | 3388689 seek
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And interestingly enough, MtGox faces a massive DDOS as this happens -- there's been rotating DDOS attacks on many bitcoin related sites over the past month, and no one knows who's driving them. My guess is it's some aspect of TPTB building a contingency capability.

There was also an exchange hack in Brazil, but that was probably just hackers looking for easy cash.

(Tip, don't store your coins in exchanges, people!)

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:13 | 3389319 ncdirtdigger
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Yes, but you can't eat a bitcoin.......can you?

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 11:18 | 3395919 Faust82
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Not more or less so than you can eat a dollar or gold bullion.

You can backup, securely store, freely and anonymously transfer a bitcoin though.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:58 | 3388540 misitu
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<---- feeds disconnected to hide start of price spike/crash

<---- feeds disconnected in order to "edit" attached descriptive data


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:46 | 3388451 Wile-E-Coyote
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An algo had a nervous breakdown.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:21 | 3388392 bloostar
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300 euros won't provide an edible ipad either.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:55 | 3388476 Ignorance is bliss
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Are these the new hunger games? 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:24 | 3388245 Glitterbug
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It’s not just in Cyprus; this has been the case in Portugal for two years.  Banks won’t give loans unless you give them your cash (liquid assets) as collateral.


Tyler:  Nobody is willing to take on additional loans and obligations!


So Tyler and Co, Please show me who is willing to lend to business enterprises. To get a €500,000 redevelopment loan on a property valued by a local bank and by the Tourism Department at more than €1.5Million, we have to put down €300,000 in collateral AND we have to put the property as collateral as well.


We have started this project, but the bank rates and the fact that they demand tying up our liquid assets as collateral, are crippling us. In a country that badly needs jobs, we are putting our wealth at risk, with the full support of the local council and both local and national Tourism departments. Hat tips to the Govy!


We are building this:  

We are putting this up as collateral:

So, Tyler and Co., please forward me the names of these agencies that have money to lend and help us get this project finished on time. or any suggestions welcome!



Quotes from this ZeroHedge article reproduced below for reference


Those who did pay attention will know that in February M3 grew quite obediently in a Eurozone flush with cash, this time by a respectable €15 billion, or 3.1% y/y, after €37 billion in January (of which, however a whopping €47 billion was M1 so the balance actually declined). Of course, this was the easy part: creating money via various central bank conduits has never been the issue: the concern has always been getting that money into private consumer hands through loan creation.

And it is here that things just keep on getting worse by the day. Because in a continent in which there is no confidence whatsoever: no confidence in the banks, no confidence in the financial system, no confidence in end demand, no confidence in any reported data, no confidence that one's deposits won't be confiscated tomorrow, and last but not least no confidence that a sovereign nation won't just hand over its sovereignty to the Troika tomorrow, nobody is willing to take on additional loans and obligations.


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:49 | 3388577 Goner
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So you are risking 1.5M AND 300K for what amounts to a 200K 'loan' to expand your business in times like this? Risky

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:57 | 3388589 Glitterbug
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No Goner, not just my money is in there, there is €2Million grant /low interest loan from Europe in the mix.

There is abosolutely zero risk for me or the bank.

That is the real shame. The bank loan will be less than 20% of the total investment.

Thanks for the response, Rich

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:05 | 3388609 NotApplicable
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Can you think of a better way to murder an incoherent banking system? Certainly not like the banksters are going to accept responsiblity when there's so many other ambiguios, unaccountable political bodies to lay the blame upon.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:37 | 3389020 css1971
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The bank is using your collateral as reserve which will be used to create your loan.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:34 | 3388549 Silver Bug
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Wow this really is a tragedy.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:51 | 3390128 Buck Johnson
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Can you imagine having that money looking you in your face but yet it's not yours anymore except for the 100,000 euros aka 120 thousand and change dollars.  Wait when next week comes around, we will start to hear about layoffs and firings tuning up.  Because for one like that perons company, most of their funds is gone except for the amount I said (for now) and they can only draw out 300 euros a day.  So for one they don't have the money for payroll and other things, and even if they did it won't last long maybe a week or two for a small company.  And how do you pay your workers if the bank won't cash checks, won't allow you to pull out more than said amount of 300 euros a day or transfer funds.  Are they only allowing you as a company to say please transfer said payroll to these bank accounts of these workers, what if the workers don't have bank accounts?  And then add to the fact Cyprus is mostly a service economy to the banks and the tax evasion companies and servicers.  So if it can't be used anymore for that what service can those companies and IT services provide anymore?

The depression is going to destroy that country.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:13 | 3388090 ShortTheUS
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Zero Cash: On a long enough timeline, the bank balance for everyone drops to zero.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:33 | 3388142 machineh
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Has anyone realized yet that CapControls 1.0 are PERMANENT?



The Cypriot government has warned that banking curbs to prevent money from leaving the country will apply for longer than expected, in a blow to the island's attempts to revive its paralysed economy.

The country's foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, said the regime, including a limit on cash withdrawals at €300 (£253) per day, would last for "about a month" – just 24 hours after the population was told they would only be in place for a week. The capital controls, the first ever to be imposed on a eurozone member state, have been introduced to prevent a cash exodus that would destroy what is left of the Cypriot banking system.

Kasoulides said: "A number of restrictions will be lifted and gradually, probably over a period of about a month according to the estimates of the central bank, the restrictions will be lifted."

Onward to Bailout II!


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:50 | 3388183 AlaricBalth
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Now that Bank of Cyprus is being recapitalized, I am sure that bank loans can be arranged for small to mid-sized businesses which were adversely affected by the seizure of their funds.

Imagine getting robbed and then having to borrow money to survive from the thieves who took your money.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:43 | 3388282 rustymason
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"Imagine getting robbed and then having to borrow money to survive from the thieves who took your money."

That describes our situation for the last one hundred years perfectly. I expect to see you quoted in Bartleby's soon.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:11 | 3388359 Sandmann
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Shareholders of RBS or Lloyds Bank or HBOS are in this position

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:36 | 3388557 cherry picker
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Try using moneygram to send $1,000 or more out of the US to another country and see what is required in way of two pieces of picture ID and explanations.

The USA has had capital controls for years.  Whose fucking business is it who or what I send "my" money to?

Criticize the Troika, but don't forget Uncle Sam is the biggest thief there is.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:33 | 3388144 francis_sawyer
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Who would possibly need cash when everyone has bitcoin?... THEY ARE LEGION!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:14 | 3388095 Quinvarius
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I can't figure out if the ECB is stupid or just trying to kill of JPM's competition so they can open banks on the island.  The JPM ponzi has to be desperate for new money.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:22 | 3388112 fonzannoon
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"Big Depositors Seek a New Safety Net"

"On the first day of the New Year, $1.5 trillion of bank deposits will lose an unlimited government guarantee that was granted during the financial crisis to assure skittish customers that their cash was safe. For a handful of boutique firms that service banks, it’s a boon for business."

The accounts losing the insurance are used by businesses, municipalities and other entities like nonprofits that are willing to forgo any interest in order to have immediate access to their large pools of cash.

These accounts hold about 20 percent of all deposits in United States banks. Starting Jan. 1, only $250,000 in each noninterest bearing account will be backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Now a scramble is under way to make sure these customers do not withdraw large sums out of banks, particularly community banks that have benefited from the guarantee.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:56 | 3388188 Acet
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Long King-size matresses!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:24 | 3388244 Cloud9.5
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So, you are telling county government accounts are not protected?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:00 | 3388327 NotApplicable
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Don't worry, they're backed by local taxpayers.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:46 | 3388290 Son of Loki
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Moar KY on the way ...being air-lifted to the little island as we write...


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:14 | 3388096 ArkansasAngie
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You take my cash and you put me out of business.  I can't pay my employees or my vendors. And they wonder what the impact on the economy will be.  What a croc of oderiferous material

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:20 | 3388106 ArkansasAngie
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Honestly ... I'm thinking of starting a bank.  I've spread my money accross accounts and banks.  How much equity do I need?  I think it would be easy to draw depositors.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:10 | 3388222 Rip van Wrinkle
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A guy in the UK tried to start a new bank called Bank of Dave. Paid depositers 5%, leant to local businesses at between 7.5% and 10%.  Regulators shut him down. Reason? He was paying too much interest to depositers!!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:46 | 3388454 kaiserhoff
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Haven't seen you in a while Angie.  

Might look into a credit union.  My Dad helped form one years ago.  Seemed like a rational process back then, but sabe dios.  Please let us know whatever you do.  Most of us have the same issues.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:34 | 3388148 BurningFuld
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How typical. I'm sure all the new "Bank Rules" were set up by a bunch of Government Bureaucrats that have never worked a day in their lives and have no clue how an actual business works. If you run a retail business most of the money in your operating account is not yours's a money in money out account to service inventory turn over. This will destroy the retailers...losing money that is not even theirs. Fucking morons.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:23 | 3388243 NoDebt
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No, "bank rules" are written by the banks themselves.  Hopefully that clears things up.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:57 | 3388318 disabledvet
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this is what i don't understand in all this. from outward appearances it seems like the Eurogroup is actually targeting the banks and all businesses on the island by seizing up credit "intentionally." i really find this impossible to explain in a rational way. it does shed light on the discussions at Treasury in 2008 in my view...and makes their path (direct injections of money into the financial system, a series of massive Federal programs...many but not all of which have been wound down, QE, continued spending by Congress, etc...etc...) a lot more understandable. I certainly understand the fear expressed in these here parts that "their savings is next"...but with interest rates this low and taxes soaring on all us working types and small business owners it's really hard to imagine what simply "seizing savings accounts" would do other than wipe the whole series of plans off the map. God forbid if Europe is "locked in to this template." all small and mid sized business Over There would be under direct threat if that was the case.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:07 | 3388344 Sandmann
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Why do you say seizing "savings accounts" ? They are seizing DEPOSITS which means ALL balances including working capital for businesses. Since Russia has a Double-Taxation Agreement with Cyprus it is hardly a tax-haven - more likely it is a country where Holding Companies can be structured under a legal code that has some meaning and Russians can conduct business in Russia within a legal framework of commercial law.

The simple fact is that The State has the power to seize whatever private property it chooses and backs it up with a) its own legal system  b) guns.

If Americans really think Obama could not order the closure of US banks for a week and have accounts frozen ........well.......




Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:40 | 3388563 SokPOTUS
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Most likely the accounts are 'business sweep accounts' - the accounts are demand deposits during the business day and are 'swept' to 'savings' deposits in off hours.  If the bank is 'holidayed' off-hours; the funds are frozen in their swept savings state; hence the confiscation of savings crushes the businesses with such accounts.  In the U.S.; it's virtually all business depository accounts that operate this way.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:16 | 3388630 defencev
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Since Russia has a Double-Taxation Agreement with Cyprus it is hardly a tax-haven - more likely it is a country where Holding Companies can be structured under a legal code that has some meaning and Russians can conduct business in Russia within a legal framework of commercial law.


This is a total bullshit. It may help some ligitimate Russian companies to conduct an international business but for that they do not need to keep millions in Cypriot banks (or even have a banking account in Cyprus at all). Do not shed your crocodile tears about "legitimate" Russian businesses on Cyprus.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:37 | 3388427 pashley1411
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Understood perfectly well if you realize that Cypress is simply a proxy, and shot-across-the-bow, towards Spain and Italy.   

The German sense of humor has run out (yes, just joking). No one messes with the Fourth Reich  

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:28 | 3388407 Whoa Dammit
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Walmart, McDonald's and similar multinationals will move in and save the day. Who knows, maybe even JC Penney will be able to revive itself with new stores there.

It seem the plan for the future is to have no more small businesses anywhere.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:46 | 3388871 theprofromdover
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"It seem the plan for the future is to have no more small businesses anywhere"

Truer than you know.

-And also to remove all cash from the system.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:32 | 3389577 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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I think a whole lot of SP500 treasurers are having some serious heartburn these days, thinking about their deposits in EUR-zone banks. Ha ha maybe they'll have to repatriate and pay taxes lol

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:15 | 3388098 Super Broccoli
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hope those 720K€ were not to-be-paid-VAT ;-)

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:41 | 3388160 Winston Churchill
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Of course they were, plus witholding taxes for the last month.

What a clusterfuck.This is what happens when politicos and banks do something.

Both have no real world business experience.

Euro wide panic to follow shortly as the full implications sink in.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:17 | 3388102 laomei
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Hmmm, what happens when you nuke a company account which relies on those funds to pay wages, pay invoices and stay solvent?  Well, obviously, the company dies.  OOPS.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:01 | 3388326 VisualCSharp
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This is the intention. It's intended that citizens and businesses be raped to pay bankster vig. You think the EU technocrats care whether Cypriots are unemployed and starving? Hah.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:45 | 3388684 laomei
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In a sane world, the EU would have just given them their greece money, said "whoops, sorry, we didn't realize our haircut would do this to you.  how about lowering those interest rates a tad bit till your banks are more stable?" and all would be just fine.


But that would have been far too easy to do and not nearly destructive enough.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:34 | 3389581 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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These accounts were paying amost 10% interest. In a sane world they would have just told people there was a 1-year moratorium on interest. Would have been some capital flight but nothing like what's been happening.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 01:59 | 3390866 laomei
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Wouldn't even have to slash interest to 0%.  Just cut it down to something like 3% for non-residents.  Retired residents or whatever, leave it at 6%.  Problem would have fixed itself in 2~3 years.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:18 | 3388103 Going Loco
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I asked about this when the SHTF. The assumption seemed to be that rich people had their money in bank accounts so it was OK to take that money. But rich people usually don't have money in bank accounts unless they are engaged in a transaction. They keep short term funds in very short term government debt, and other stuff, not in a current or deposit account. Aklso rich people have contacts and know when things are going wrong and take immediate action. The people whose money was taken will have been ordinary people, businesses, people who have just sold one home and need the money to complete on another, people who have had an inheritance and are deciding what to do next, and so on. It's utterly ghastly and it does mean that thjose of us who do have any money in the banking system MUST get it out NOW, especially in overbanked countries AMAZING MUST READ


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:52 | 3388185 Winston Churchill
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What a co incidence.They will be able to blame those DNS attacks a few months ago.

So the Spanish banks have de facto capital controls thru' 'maitenance' of

the online accesss.No wonder we haven't seen the bank runs yet.

Expect formal capital controls over the long holiday  weekend.

If you have not moved money out of the periphery yet,you are so fucked.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:56 | 3388316 Son of Loki
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people cannot pay the soaring property taxes so property confiscation may be the next move....I wonder...pension plans....real esate...easy pickings....

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:01 | 3388331 SmallerGovNow2
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Fucking AWESOME!!!  thanks for the links...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:20 | 3388108 DavidJ
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These bankers gambled with people's hard earned money.   :-(



Take your money and put it in a safer bank.  

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:35 | 3388266 SmallerGovNow2
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Me bank of matress?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:20 | 3388109 Dooud
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I have no visible means of support , but I always have $30.22 in my checking account, always ....Man.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:42 | 3388444 Meat Hammer
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Haha!  Do you write checks for $0.69, too?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:20 | 3388110 Cdad
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FUTURE FLASH:  Today, the global banking industry has announced that all employees in Cyprus will, instead of being paid in cash, receive shares of bank of Laikia and BoC.  The range of payment will be 100-200 shares of BoC per hour, or 1000-2000 shares of Laikia per hour.  

The global banking industry has also announced that shares in either bank will not be redeemable at any bank in Cyprus.

Forward then...and into the Brave New world.  Brought to you by the Troika. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:23 | 3388113 Sudden Debt
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Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:26 | 3388128 hooligan2009
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what about tax payments to the government? does this get a haircut too? what about deposits that were held to pay taxes (income, corporation and VAT)?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:30 | 3388135 Cdad
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Come on, buddy.  We're making this stuff up one day at a time.  Don't be getting out ahead of things like that.  We assure you that we'll do a good job, one day at a time.  

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:14 | 3388226 laomei
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Hah, no.  This is being treated as a forced equity purchase.  Not a "tax".  You're just being forced to purchase bank shares which you are not allowed to do anything with and will become worthless.  You gave the bank your money and they made stupid investments and now that is returned back to you as your own stupid investments.  Tada.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:17 | 3388380 hooligan2009
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so you cant even pay taxes with bank shares? doesnt seem fair.. why cant bank shares be the new currency? yanno you can write " i promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of x euros" - and on the rear you could put "well at some point in time in the future if this receipt for stolen goods is ever worth anything"

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:25 | 3388119 fonzannoon
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I like how this guy is running for the Caribbean.

Out of the frying pan into the fire.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:45 | 3388173 yrbmegr
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It is probably now safer to hide from taxes under U.S. hegemony, rather than European hegemony.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:17 | 3388381 disabledvet
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that's possible too. we've never been in such a low interest rate environment before (not even in the Great Depression were they this low) if people are discovering the "value" of "hiding their assets in the islands" or Panama i think they might be in for a rude awakening. i'm still confused as to why Cyprus would ever join the "euro bloc" to begin with given their already very successful financial endeavors of the past two decades. "back in the day" (the 50's) this stuff would have been done in Beirut ("the Paris of the Middle East.")

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:26 | 3388123 hooligan2009
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 cyrpus = failed nation state

greek debt write-offs are the reason..this is being rolled out across Greece as we speak..for 11 million greeks who (one way or another) are paying for the sins of their fathers..i mean corrupt businesmen and government officials.

this will add to fuel to the fire that says "the economy can only grow at the rate of increase of some multiple of government debt increase (socialism)"

government debt gets a 90% (final, all up) haircut..the economy takes a 90% hit

when banks are TBTF and are guaranteed by the "State" the government det = bank debt = bank deposits

just by the way, I have no problem with bank deposits taking haircuts, this is as it should be. if you have a problem with bank risk, hold goverment debt; if you have a problem with one governments debt, hold another; if a problem with all government debt, buy gold..

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:34 | 3388145 Cdad
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"if you have a problem with bank risk, hold goverment debt; if you have a problem with one governments debt, hold another; if a problem with all government debt, buy gold.."

This plan is unacceptable.  Free markets are too unpredictable.  As well, it's nearly impossible to front run a free market, and thus a free market puts too much pressure on the global banking system's attempts to extract its pound of flesh, and thus fund TBTF banks. you want TBTF banks filled with talking monkeys to be failing everywhere?  Sheesh, buddy. 

Get real.  

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:33 | 3388262 SmallerGovNow2
SmallerGovNow2's picture you want TBTF banks filled with talking monkeys to be failing everywhere?

YES, let the muther fuckers crash and burn.  Let small local/regional banks emerge from the ashes. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:29 | 3388126 shinobi-7
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The damage the EC is doing is unconscionable. They are ready to burn everything to save what they believe is the essential without realizing that when everything is gone, the core is not worth keeping! They would make the staunchest ideologues of North Korea proud.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:30 | 3388258 SmallerGovNow2
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Exactly!  and the feds will do the same and end up crashing and burning fifty states here if we let them continue their incompetent management and "power grab"....

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:38 | 3388428 hooligan2009
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european version = virtual destruction of money..does remind you of this crap

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:03 | 3388203 Mototard at Large
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Solyent Green! 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:27 | 3388132 ziggy59
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The Cyprus Experiment .. Continues...a Cypriot Horse??

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:32 | 3388138 Urban Redneck
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The clowns in Brussels and Berlin PAID EUR 10 billion of taxpayer money, to intentionally destroy the economy in Cyprus.  They actually could have bailed out the banks for less than EUR 10 billion.  Unless, of course, these "esteemed clowns" really know NOTHING about either banking or the real economy, in which case why have they been entrusted to the positions they hold- when one could simply pull any above-average kleptocrat banker from the ranks of the licensed institutions of theft in the Eurozone and do a better job of maintaining their insane ponzi scheme and perverted social order?    

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:17 | 3388232 SmallerGovNow2
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Your second point hits it, they are ignorant clowns who couldn't run a lemonade stand...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:35 | 3388264 Black Markets
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Trust me. It's the second option.

They really are that incompetent.

It comes from the fact there is no international financial centre in the eurozone. The all rely on London.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:06 | 3388340 css1971
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Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:15 | 3388513 mendigo
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I think they shot themselves in the testicles as a matter of priciple.
They realize that the bailout senario is a black hole.
What does not make sense is how the leader of Cypros could accept this.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:48 | 3389618 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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People in here always ascribe these actions to a giant plot or worldwide banker cabal conspiracy. More likely it's just a bunch of fucking fool bumbling bureaucrats who have never had a real job in their lives, have always failed upwards, live in a Brussels/NYC/London/Frankfurt bubble, don't pay taxes themselves, never had to run a business, and have no fucking clue what the consequences of their actions will be.

Kinda like this:

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:34 | 3388147 10044
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On a long enough timeline, the cash balance of everyone drops to zero

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:40 | 3388161 farco
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Financial slavery now shows its face in daylight.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:43 | 3388168 yrbmegr
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They can move to Greece, where the economy is now growing!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:44 | 3388169 NoWayJose
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But, at least the Cypriot workers who are fired will get their unemployment cheques in Euros... Or maybe they will go straight to disability cheques for their bad backs so that they bypass both unemployment and extended unemployment.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:52 | 3388187 insidious
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Do they (did they) have retirement type accounts in the banks in Cyprus? Were those accounts hit the same as checking and savings accounts? Here people might have CD's in their IRAs held at banks.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:57 | 3388189 Bruce Krasting
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Last transaction date = March 6th.

I do feel for this company, and its workers, but why did they have so much cash in the bank? They paid no bills since 3/6??


A mid sized European IT firm risks its future with its nut in a Cyprus bank. Was this a huge mistake? I mean, what were the finance guys at this IT Co thinking?


That depositors got clipped for 80% is a huge surprise. But it was no surprise that Laikie was a disaster in the making. I don't get it. Was there a loan, secured by this deposit??? If so, where did the loan proceeds end up?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:14 | 3388223 SmallerGovNow2
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Good questions all.  But this is one account.  How many others are there with 250k in them that was operating capital?  The point being, the stupid politicians NEVER think of all the unintended consequences of their ignorant actions with a one size fits all "solution"...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:39 | 3388274 Miss Expectations
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At some point you'll realize that they don't care and further along on the learning curve you'll suspect that it's intentional.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:41 | 3388276 ekm
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Anything that looks too, too, too, too stupid, is always and anytime intentional.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:49 | 3388576 Bingfa
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The problem isn't evil bankers...It's stupid people

People have a choice, they always have a choice.

                 Avoid the game.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:52 | 3388579 ekm
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Not in Europe.

You don't have a choice.

Majority imposes on the minority. Europian countries are democracies, not republic.


USA used to be a republic where the minority woult NOT be obligated to follow the majority after the elections, hence individual rights, but unfortunately it's going Europe's way.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:53 | 3388583 Bingfa
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They don't have a choice to keep their money in a bank?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:57 | 3388591 ekm
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Oh, I was talking in principle.

What do you mean by "avoid the game" then?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:04 | 3388607 Bingfa
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Avoid any financial instrument period...

Any small reward is definitely not worth the risk

                      I don't worry about what Machiavellian plot they have underway

                      I don't play, so they don't win

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 09:45 | 3388286 Bruce Krasting
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We will get answers to this one day. I think a part of the big deposits was related to getting resident status. This is a back-door way to get EU status. An important thing to have for some. Cyprus "sold" resident status to individuals. The cost was a deposit in a local bank. The rules:


Immigration to the Republic of Cyprus

Foreigners may make an application to obtain an Immigration Permit on
the basis of one of the Categories referred to in Regulation 5 of the
Aliens and Immigration Regulations. An Immigration Permit will not be
granted to anybody unless the Immigration Control Board recommends to
the Minister of Interior that such person belongs to one of the
following Categories:

Category A: Persons who intend to work as self
employed in agriculture, cattle breeding, bird breeding or fish culture
in the Republic, provided that they have in their possession adequate
land or a permit to acquire same, they have fully and freely at their
disposal capital of approximately EUR 430,000 and such an employment
should not negatively affect the general economy of the Republic.

Category B: Persons who intend to work as self
employed in mining enterprises in the Republic, provided that they have
in their possession a relative permit, they have fully and freely at
their disposal capital of approximately EUR 350,000 and such an
employment should not negatively affect the general economy of the

Category C: Persons who intend to work as self
employed in a trade or profession in the Republic, provided that they
have in their possession a relative permit, they have fully and freely
at their disposal capital of approximately EUR 260,000 and such an
employment should not affect negatively the general economy of the

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:22 | 3388395 disabledvet
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so the point of wiping out the depositors again was?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:40 | 3388560 Bruce Krasting
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When Brussels said, "No" to anything over E10b, it meant that the shit had to flow elsewhere. So it landed on the +100k depositors. This is what happens when governments say "no" to bailouts.

A very high % of readers at ZH are "Anti Bailout". I'm one of them. But if you say "No", things like haircuts on depositors (and other forms of wealth theft) will have to happen.


Cyprus may be the first EU country to steal deposits, it won't be the last. I guess that is the "point" of what has happened.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:54 | 3388586 malek
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Bruce, you are really starting to sound more and more like PK.

Half-truths such as
"But if you say "No", things like haircuts on depositors (and other forms of wealth theft) will have to happen."
which should have read
"But if you say "No", things like haircuts on depositors (and other forms of wealth theft) might have to happen after all bond and equity holders got wiped out first."

- they just help you lose the last respect of the more understanding readership here.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:17 | 3388632 mendigo
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The decision to tap depositors funds seems a bit arbitrary and intended to circumvent the law - as in legal liquidation of the banks, its a preemtive selective quasiliquidation given assets which have no value.
Is there no prospect for legal action?
Does this not seem incredibly underhanded?
It would appear that the president delayed the action to buy time for those connected to escape.
Please explain: How is this different and better for Cyprus than default.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:50 | 3388695 surfer433
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One word: Merkzined




Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:30 | 3388652 Bruce Krasting
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You're right. Bond and equity holders have to go first into a wipeout. I should have said that.

I made a comment on another post up at ZH re the question of sub debt. I think my feelings on what should happen to this class of creditors is clear, no?


It had been thought that sub debt creditors were protected. There is precedent for this.

When Fannie and Freddie went toast, the common and preferred stock
collapsed, but the Sub Debt soared. All of the F/F sub debt was bought
by Treasury. They paid a premium to par.

Same thing happened to Bear Sterns - Sub Debt was money good.This is
what happened with all the Irish, Dutch and Belgium banks that have gone
turtle the last 4 years. Protecting the sub debt is part of the "plan"
for the Spanish bank bailout.


Early on, Sub Debt for banks was protected. The belief was that if
the sub debt was a question mark, then banks would never be able to
raise tier 1 capital again.


That is now 'old school' thinking. Next time around the sub debt will get splattered.




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