CEO Of Europe's Largest Insurer Pops The Utopia Bubble: "Nothing Is Solved And Everybody Knows It"

Tyler Durden's picture

It's one thing for a tinfoil fringe blog to repeat, month after month, that nothing in Europe has been fixed, that Draghi's disastrous policies are merely concentraing and stockpiling even more unresolved problems - for now ignored courtesy of the gentle sprinkle of ZIRP, or rather NIRP "fairy dust" - and that just like Portugal showed panic can grip the entire continent literally overnight because everyone knows this. It is something entirely different for the CEO of Europe's largest insurer to make the same statement.

From Bloomberg:

When asking Allianz SE’s chief investment officer about the euro area’s sovereign debt woes, be prepared for an emphatic response.


The fundamental problems are not solved and everybody knows it,” Maximilian Zimmerer said at Bloomberg LP’s London office. The “euro crisis is not over,” he said.


While extraordinary stimulus from the European Central Bank has encouraged investors to pile into the region’s government bonds this year, that’s not a sufficient remedy for Zimmerer, who oversees 556 billion euros ($757 billion) at Europe’s largest insurer. Countries are still building up their debt piles, and that’s storing up trouble for the future, he said.


As Zimmerer was speaking, investors were getting a reminder of the volatility that was rife through the sovereign debt crisis that started in 2009, as sliding stocks and bonds of Portuguese financial institutions rippled across the region’s markets. Amid a four-day slump, yields on Portugal’s 10-year bonds ended yesterday 279 basis points higher than their German counterparts, the widest spread since March 18. The securities recovered some of their losses today, tightening the spread to 268 basis points at 10:27 a.m. London time.


“There is only one country where the debt level last year was lower than 2012 and this is a signal the debt crisis can’t be over, only a recognition of the debt crisis has changed,” Zimmerer said on July 9. “If the debt levels are not going down in the end we will have a problem, that is for sure.”

And crickets.

Here's the punchline: everyone knows that Draghi, the unelected dictators of Europe, and all of its bankers are lying when the say day after day that things are better. However, at least there was unanimity in the "head-in-the-sand" exercise, which recall from game theory works only if all participants in the charade agree to the ignore reality.

Today for the first time, a "member of the club" finally called out Europe on its bullshit: something that is not allowed under game theory. What's worse, he made it quite clear that everyone else knows they are not only lying to others, but lying to themselves.

What happens next may be very unpleasant, because as always happens, following protracted periods of denial, and Europe has been living in a vacuum completely dislocated from reality for exactly two years since Draghi's "Whatever it takes" speech, there is very violent convergence between reality and idiocy. And Europe is just about due for precisely that kind of denial-shattering convergence.

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So Close's picture

Insurers are getting there asses handed to them right now.

knukles's picture

So I assume he's never heard of the Nail Gun Man?

lordylord's picture
"Nothing Is Solved And Everybody Knows It"

Governments DO NOT solve problems.  They create problems and usurp power and wealth from the people to "fix" the problems.

Pladizow's picture

Has there been a time in history when everyone knows things are bad and everyone can see bubbles everywhere and the market has collapsed?

Note: Everyone excludes central banks and economists!

flacon's picture

The bankers designed a system where debt always increases, and then they cry for a bailout when debt levels don't go down. Assholes!!

tickhound's picture

Exactly... The system REQUIRES credit expansion.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

exactly. our entire monetary system is built upon debt. It is the ulitmate ponzi scheme, requires more and more people to keep going into more and more debt, and never actually paying it off. It works until it doesnt

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

He can always purchase a nail gun from the widow of a JPM suicide exec.

CH1's picture

Honest to God, I saw a Nail Gun Supply truck a couple of days ago!

HardlyZero's picture
UPDATE 5-Bulgaria to allow its fourth-biggest bank to collapse

SOFIA, July 11 (Reuters) - Bulgaria is to allow its fourth-biggest lender to collapse but could spend up to 2 billion levs ($1.39 billion) making sure customers do not lose out, as the Balkan country battles to clean up its worst financial scandal since the 1990s.

old naughty's picture

Mr. Insurer,

Everyone knows it...And you are just now admitting you are one of the everyone?

So what's your proposal to solve it then?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Unfortunately, the monetary system is man-made horseshit.  The laws of Nature and physics really don't give a shit about that. 


Biological systems require calories.  - fixed it for you.

Dubious Intentions's picture

And also for that expansion to be infinite.

barre-de-rire's picture

dont be stupid, they must know, coz they use the system, even a monkey usig wheel after a while willunderstand correlation between steering direction & car direction.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Here's the problem, Europe doesn't intend on paying off it's debt, however they will bleed every man women and child for every dollar they can to keep power and control. The sand in the hour glass of 'indentured servitude' to the State by the masses will soon drop it's last grain and it will not end well.

What we're looking at is the destruction of Freedom!

'The Obsolete Man'


ZH Snob's picture

europe is in the same downward spiral as the rest of the world.  it really is genius how these guys make it look otherwise.

the truth of the matter will reveal itself in time: infinite debt means no one gets paid with anything but debt, and sooner or later this illusion must crumble.

MrSteve's picture

FRN cash currency is zero interest paying debt, good for legal tender, so we have been paying debt with debt for a long, long time.

Mrs. Cog's picture

This is the part when the coyote has just looked down after running off the cliff before the long plunge and splat?

fonzannoon's picture

when it becomes serious you have to tell the truth to spark the next 5% rally.

Ms. Erable's picture

I see hot tubs and prostitutes wielding heroin in this man's future.

pods's picture

Lemme google that............


syntaxterror's picture

Debt = Wealth
Freedom = Slavery
War = Peace

Relax, dude. 

TVP's picture

You forgot the most important dystopian motto of them all.


Ignorance = Strength



john39's picture

or one that was not published....   Evil= Good.

LawsofPhysics's picture



Knowledge is power.


The "game" is and has always been about power and control over real resources (including human resources).

IANAE's picture

The new home of M.El-Erian ... maybe some fresh thinking on their global asset exposures going on.

fonzannoon's picture

the stock is plummeting up on this horrifying news.

pods's picture

Explains why they are green.  

Things aren't fixed.

That means default.

Default means insurance payment.

So, wait, buy insurers?

Who is gonna make the bet that "ringfence" makes a lexiconal comeback sometime soon?


pods's picture

Why does these people always complain about debt not going down?  

It is like the arguments I remember about the US's balanced budget and paying off the debt. 

Duh, it's the money supply stupid.

Just nowadays, since we are in a worldwide depression, governments have to take up the slack on debt creation otherwise it all goes boom and their little farm is overrun by the escaping livestock who may or may not eat them in the process.


fonzannoon's picture

(Jumping up and down and waving hands) Look at me! Look at me!!!

dontgoforit's picture

Hmmmm.  Sucks to be a Deutsche bank.

disabledvet's picture

There is almost zero credit growth in the USA. That will change should oil prices collapse to say ...5 bucks a barrel.

Google search Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Masnoon field. The contract is for two bucks a barrel.

Marco's picture

And production cost in Iraq can be even lower, it matters not one iota except to the margins of Royal Dutch Shell.

disabledvet's picture

There is almost zero credit growth in the USA. That will change should oil prices collapse to say ...5 bucks a barrel.

Google search Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Masnoon field. The contract is for two bucks a barrel.

HardlyZero's picture

Cyprus --> Detroit --> Argentina --> Portugal.

Portugal used to rule the world a long time ago.

One of these holiday weekends !!   (shorts on)

Fans are spinning.

BuddyEffed's picture

And Detroit used to rule the world and was the center of the universe in 1960s when it had the highest per capita income in the country.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Lets not get the UAW mixed up in this.  While evil, they didnt print money out of thin air to finance all new debt of the central government of our formerly non banana republic.   The UAW are...moderate evildoers.  

q99x2's picture

My bet is that Greece will default.

odatruf's picture

Debtors are only in default when the creditors say they are in default. Since having their debtors be in default would be catastrophic for these creditors, they will never say their debtors are in default. Ipso facto by the transitive property, the debtors are solvent. What part of this can’t you all understand?

disabledvet's picture

If you've extended a trillion in credit for an oil driven recovery that has failed to materialize don't expect World War Z to bail you out.

Mi Naem's picture

At the article's link "fairy dust", the guy sort of looks like Art Cashin in the chair up front, reluctantly playing Canta Clause. 

Tenshin Headache's picture

Those saying "the Emperor has no clothes" are becoming ever more credible.

"When it gets serious, you have to lie." - Juncker