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Bond Bubble Goes Full Retard

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Last week it was Rwanda issuing USD-denominated debt at 7% (lower than Spain yields less than a year ago) just as bond yields of 90% of global sovereign bonds are at or near all time lows. And now, moments ago, we just learned that Ghana (nominal 2013 GDP: $42.8 billion) has just upsized its dollar-denominated $750MM bond issue to $1 billion.

We can only assume that this is due to unprecedented demand for yield. Any yield.

From Bloomberg:

Ghana is inviting bids for advisers on transaction, according to information from two people with knowledge of the plans, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t yet public.


Govt plans to sell debt by end of yr: Albert Kofi Asamoa-Baah, an adviser at finance ministry, says by phone, declining to comment on size of offering.


Well, it finally happened


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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:24 | 3502475 I Am Not a Copp...
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Never go full retard

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:26 | 3502484 CURWAR2012
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or full postal

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:31 | 3502503 bania
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Return free risk, African style!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:54 | 3502611 This just in
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wake the fuck up, mr hophop!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:12 | 3502712 GOSPLAN HERO
Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:17 | 3502746 Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island
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"And we can eat icecream in heaven!"

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:10 | 3503008 derek_vineyard
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and cats can fly

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 15:57 | 3503643 ThalesOfMiletus
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...if you throw them hard enough.

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:07 | 3512827 MeelionDollerBogus
Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:40 | 3502546 cspg
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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:47 | 3502569 Frastric
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There's only one thing worse than default; government collapse!


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:30 | 3502508 FL_Conservative
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If you got 'em, smoke 'em.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:06 | 3502699 CrashisOptimistic
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When there is evidence of no organic growth, like this morning (1T deficit and 1 T printing yielded a lousy 2.5%, which will erode badly in Q2), BOND YIELDS DROP.

This is not rocket science and it has always been thus.  No growth is what deflation is.  Yields drop during deflation because the asset's price rises.

As for Ghana, one word.  Oil.  They have some offshore.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:02 | 3502571 Doyle Hargraves
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Are they the kind of retards that drool and rub shit in their hair?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:13 | 3502725 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Are they the kind of retards that drool and rub shit in their hair?

Yes, although in all fairness, they usually limit that behavior to their weekend parties in the Hamptons.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:17 | 3502742 Doyle Hargraves
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That explains it a bit more...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:24 | 3502476 YuropeanImbecille
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Simple Jack was a genious and prodigy working wall street!


Too bad the asians took him from us 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:52 | 3503175 Colonel Klink
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No we still have him....

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:25 | 3502478 The Ram
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We could say this about the entire global financial system.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:24 | 3502486 francis_sawyer
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...aaaaand it's GHAN(a)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:24 | 3502487 Dr. Engali
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The world never seems to run out of suckers who want to be parted from their money.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:32 | 3502528 Mojeaux18
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Yes it does.  They're called dark ages...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:58 | 3502642 I am more equal...
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Let the plaque begin...

there are enough flea-ridden banker-rats to transmit it around the world seven times.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:58 | 3502644 Urban Redneck
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The suckers would be at MOFEP (Finance Ministry) if they let GS advise on this deal after the wonderful job those self-dealing kyke thieves did advising Ashanti Gold a decade ago...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:25 | 3502491 JailBank
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This article is half-assed, because you didn't mention to the interested reader on how to get our hands on bonds.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:35 | 3502532 Dr. Engali
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Call 1-800-ass-hole

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:10 | 3512831 MeelionDollerBogus
Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:42 | 3502551 pods
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You get an email from the guy I think.

Then you call him and send him little bits of cash over time.

Then he sends you the bond.


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:47 | 3502583 eatthebanksters
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He sends you an email teling you he is an attorney handling the estate of a long lost relative and needs money to process the claim which he will gladly invest for you in these bonds...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:48 | 3502594 TheFourthStooge-ing
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You get an email from the guy I think.

Be sure to have all of your bank account information ready. He's going to need that.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:53 | 3502604 YHC-FTSE
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Disclaimer: Must be email from a genuine Ghanaian crown prince. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:46 | 3503154 TheUnwisestWizard
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don you think we aren't that far off - the day a crown prince in nigeria or rowanda is a better investment than the US - that day is coming soon... I hear the winters are mild.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:48 | 3502591 NotApplicable
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That's because any "interested reader" should be drinking the Kool-Aid over at Yahoo (or WSJ), not here.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:53 | 3502608 NotAMathWhiz
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Just send him your checking account and social security numbers, he'll take it from there....

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:34 | 3502814 Hippocratic Oaf
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'This article is half-assed, because you didn't mention to the interested reader on how to get our hands on bonds.'

That's because you can't. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:25 | 3502492 useless_fact
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Fleming got the name James Bond from a book on birds. He chose it because of its dullness.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:32 | 3502525 1000 splendid suns
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Bond, Bubble Bond.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:26 | 3502494 Mister Ponzi
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I would rather buy bonds of the few relatively well-run African countries like Ghana, Botswana or Rwanda than those of ageing, slowly growing (at best) Western countries.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:30 | 3502510 writingsonthewall
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Well run?

Oh dear - is that what passes for investment analysis these days?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:33 | 3502531 StarTedStackin'
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Well run?????? as in better run than the Obowel Movement seems capable of??????

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:52 | 3502599 NotApplicable
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It's all about how well one can run the operation of keeping the slaves in line.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:55 | 3502622 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Relatively well run"

In this instance, the matteringest thing is the adjective.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:27 | 3502496 czarangelus
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Fuck that; it sounds like a better credit risk than the EUSSR or Amerika.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:32 | 3502526 astoriajoe
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If they are denominated in USD, then wouldn't you have credit risk of both the US and the issuing country?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:51 | 3502612 Urban Redneck
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The last offering was denominated in Euros, trading 6-7% last time I checked, but they are were issued a country that exports light sweet crude... unlike Greece (or Spain)... and you don't want to near the inftaltion in the local currency (but they actually do disclose it in all its glory, unlike the BLS)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:27 | 3502499 Bam_Man
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With the probability of your 0.05% APY Savings Account being "Cypressed" increasing by the day, government bonds look better and better. Any government's bonds.

"Cleanest dirty shirt"

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:10 | 3512834 MeelionDollerBogus
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This doesn’t make any sense. Government confiscation of bank accounts for debts is bad, yet government debt itself we assume they won’t default on is good? Isn’t it the same shit pile from different photographic vantages?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:30 | 3502501 Inthemix96
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Anyone here interested in this nice road I just bought?

Thought I got a bargain, but after travelling down it, I find out it goes no-where.

Any takers?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:01 | 3502663 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Anyone here interested in this nice road I just bought?

How are the roadsides? Somehow I think I know of a guy that might be interested.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:07 | 3502695 Inthemix96
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The roadsides around here stooge mate,

Are shit.

Pass it on.        ;-)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:24 | 3502768 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Ah, that aspectation uniformously laudates benefitial potiental definitively. Could be best part, crustiest bit.

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:12 | 3512837 MeelionDollerBogus
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A road that goes nowhere? Wow, sounds like a good place to play kick-the-can. I’m in!! – Bernanke & Abe

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:28 | 3502502 SheepDog-One
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Muh muh muh, muh muh BRAIN is FRIED'!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:29 | 3502505 writingsonthewall
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You want ot lend to Rwanda - please, be my guest.

You wanted to lend to Iceland - and look how that worked out.

Maybe the yield chasers need to learn that rates reflect risk - and that the risk for ALL sovereign debt is high at the moment - even if the rates are being held artificially low.

So why no complaints about bailing out bondholders - like they bailed out the banks?

Is it because the bondholders are pensioners and have more time on their hands to vote and write their opinions to papers?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:53 | 3502625 Benjamin Glutton
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So why no complaints about bailing out bondholders - like they bailed out the banks?


ummm...."They" bailed out the deadbeat depositors who made unsecured loans to "the banks"*


*above FDIC insured limits...take a look around your city or town and try to appreciate exactly how many businesses should be bankrupt.. Those crafty homeowner terrorists almost wrecked this country.



Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:33 | 3502512 StarTedStackin'
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is nawt niiiiiiiice to saaaaay retarrrrrrdead.....

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:42 | 3502562 adr
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You don't want to make fun of the retarded. You know they have the strength of a chimpanzee, which is like the strength of ten men.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:06 | 3502700 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Beware the retard that thinks he's a chimpanzee. They have the strength of ten retards, mathematically equivalent to the strength of a retarded chimpanzee.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:50 | 3503164 akak
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I know my mercury-spewing, rainforest-clearing, child slave-exploiting gold mining operations could use a few of those.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:31 | 3502515 orangedrinkandchips
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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:33 | 3502518 Zen Bernanke
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"Simple jack" is a term that can aptly be used to describe a great many things and imho, is not used often enough.   In fact, I think I'm going to start using SIMPLE JACK as a verb, because some politically correct douchebags might be offended if I call them a full retard. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:40 | 3502555 adr
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I've already tried using that. The funny thing is there are a lot of people that get that reference.

I said, "We won't get anything done with Simple Jack over there." about a co-worker. He said, "Don't call me a fucking retard man."

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 15:20 | 3503541 Thisson
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I am Simple Jack's complete lack of surprise.

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:12 | 3512847 MeelionDollerBogus
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+100 !!!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:31 | 3502519 Winston Churchill
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I'm confused Tyler.

I thought Uganda was the better bet,or was that just in comparison to Spain.

What Zimbabwe bond paying now ?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:34 | 3502524 Bourbonite
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Hope Ben is watching dummy bear on YouTube as he might get ideas from this post and buy several small African countries every week to balance his books with some black.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:40 | 3502541 adr
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Can we just start our own countries and start selling bonds? Like when Peter started Petopia on Family Guy.

Meanwhile they tried to give away a Ferrari on The Price is Right.

The contestant looked to be a very nice Obama voter. I wonder if she would have been granted an exception to the $38k tax bill if she won the car? Does Progressive take EBT for insurance payments?



Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:39 | 3502543 sansnobel
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So where do the dollars come from to service these bonds?  Oil reserves?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:44 | 3502567 Yellowhoard
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By selling more bonds.

This isn't rocket science.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:50 | 3502589 sansnobel
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Nice so it pays to be Government I guess.  Issue Debt in whatever currency you like huh?  This world is so beyond fucked!  I guess I should transfer my net worth to someone else and take out as much debt as I can and just play the game like everybody else.  Take out a new credit card every other month and roll my debt over with some new fresh debt.  Declare personal bankruptcy....rinse and repeat

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:07 | 3502693 Yellowhoard
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It's called check kiting.

All the cool kids are doing it.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:39 | 3502548 magpie
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whatever crackhead

so vip is down

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:42 | 3502550 sudzee
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The whole world is going Gideon Gono.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:40 | 3502552 geewhiz190
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you can buy EMB,  owns bonds from Iraq , Serbia, ivory Coast to name a few.  pays 4.2%.  sponsored by JP Morgan-what's not to like?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:43 | 3502556 syntaxterror
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Bill Gross is down for at least $2 billion.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:52 | 3502602 W T F II
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Gross KNOWS Diversification...!!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:48 | 3502578 bagehot99
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7%? What's the money going to be used for?

Building a palace? Probably a bad bet.

Drilling for oil? Probably not a bad bet.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:03 | 3502688 Urban Redneck
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- in Ghana:

Roads, Hospitals, erosion protection, Airports, all those shovel-ready things US taxpayers try so hard to "invest" in, campaign promises are expensive in any culture...

The Oil & Gold are self-financing

The over-the top Presidential Palace is several administrations and old, and was used as the French embassy (among other things), until the current administration decided they better use it or lose it.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:51 | 3502592 W T F II
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Talk to me when Zimbabwe does @ 6.95%. Then I'll be impressed...!!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:51 | 3502593 Jason T
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when the Euro crashes and the dollar soars, those loans are doomed .. tis the next crisis I believe. A soaring dollar.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:50 | 3502606 Falconsixone
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Que the Rothschild.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:53 | 3502607 Bourbonite
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30% is marked for new S classes, 40% for London property, 10% for bling, leaving 20% for new paved roads from the presidential palace to the fried chicken and watermelon shop . Decent value for money I'd say.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:52 | 3502619 Bingfa
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California, When gun confisation starts...Don't open the door...

"So what do you do if one of these gun grabbers shows up at your door? Tell them to wait outside while you call your attorney. Or tell them to come back when they can produce a warrant. This goes far beyond the 2nd Amendment. It may loosely relate to the 5th Amendment but as already discussed the 4th Amendment is definitely in play."

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:56 | 3502643 Catullus
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Thatta boy. They're going to end up monetizing everything anyway. Might as well get yours

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:08 | 3502705 ross81
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Tyler mumumumumumumu makes me happy

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:16 | 3502727 Son of Loki
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Tme to get out of Bonds.....

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:17 | 3502747 autofixer
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No, no, it is full throttle not full retard youv'e got it all wrong!  QE, QE, QE!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:21 | 3502753 Flounder
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So if I put 7% Rwanda and Ghanaian paper in my 401k I'm set for retirement.  Sweet.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:47 | 3503158 syntaxterror
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Don't forgot to lever at 30-to-1 so the 7% becomes 200+%!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:33 | 3502800 Yen Cross
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      Are the bonds going to be issued under Greek law/subordination? lol

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:13 | 3512849 MeelionDollerBogus
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Cypriot! For the muthafuckin WIN

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:57 | 3502925 realitybiter
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The banks must be tied to a tree and taken off their addiction to bonds (free money)

Ignore them if the promise to "swallow the gravy" - give you returns.


The banks, central and otherwise, must be restrained and ignored.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:05 | 3502985 silverserfer
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ill rememmber you in my head movies. but this movie, makes my eyes rain.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:05 | 3502996 gaoptimize
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As the father of a sweet little boy with Down Sydrome, I am very gratified that the proteins linked to brain development and function have been identified.

Usually this means pharma treatment is ~5 to 7 years away.  But I still hope the proteins associated with sociopathy will be identified and a cure will be found for the growing number of people that need a cure for that.  We all could use a cure of one kind or another I suppose, and I hope we receive it as the Singularity approaches.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:20 | 3503054 Goggles Pisano
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Is that Ben Stiller?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:49 | 3503144 akak
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I think it's PUD, standing next to his pet horse, Runfromthegold.

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 01:14 | 3512850 MeelionDollerBogus
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It is, doing an impersonation of MDB and Pud

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:27 | 3503087 Pairadimes
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The only proper advice on this transaction:


"Are you absolutely sure you want to buy dollar-denominated Ghana bonds?"

"Yes, please."

<click-click> BOOM!


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:44 | 3503139 slackrabbit
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Aaaaannnndddd its gone!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:44 | 3503142 ILikeBoats
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Cue the posts on Rwandan citizenism that doth blubble-up...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:51 | 3503165 syntaxterror
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Hopefully Goldman is doing God's work in Rwanda.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:53 | 3503180 Bunga Bunga
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but but but you get 7% on the Dollaaah

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 14:05 | 3503231 Fuku Ben
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Another reason to love ZH

Headlines still include the use of words resigned to the PC tyranny sub-basement

One small victory for freedom of speech

One full retard for mankind

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 15:34 | 3503584 Klazy Plick
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M-O-O-N spells moon.

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