And Now, The Dumbest Thing You Will Ever Hear

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In a letter sent out by Olli Rehn to the European parliament on August 9, Rehn, in attempting to defend the fact that the ECB has now become Europe's "bad bank" and is thus nothing but a political vehicle to be used and abused by Germany which is the only one that can fund the ECB's non-existent equity capital, said that this ongoing intervention is critical in "dysfunctional" markets. He also completely fabricated the claim that the bond buying program is compatible with the EU Treaty. Supposedly he was envisioning the no bailout clause in the EU treaty. And to punctuate his point, the ECB proceeded to buy Italian and Spanish bonds for the third day this week, earlier today. Yet all that is boring, bureaucratic rhetoric. Where you should prepare to have your frontal lobe turn to jelly is the following: in defending why the expanded SMP program, which may soon hit hundreds of billions in onboarded toxic bonds, Rehn said the central bank’s investments are safe because “the bonds are purchased in the secondary market at market price -- i.e. the credit risk is already factored in,” according to a response dated yesterday to a query by an EU lawmaker. We will repeat this.... because it bears repeating: there is no risk of loss to the ECB's loan portfolio because they are purchased in the open market. In other words, if you, or a central bank, or an alien from Uranus, buys something in the open market, it is a risk free transaction....

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Yes, that thing gushing out of your nose is blood.