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We want 500bp before EOD. Have Mario try another stick save to get it there.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the entire point of the summits, meetings, initiatives, announcements, stick saves, interventions, agreements, etc. over the last several weeks that caused stocks to soar was to prevent contagion to Italy.
Being that the single purpose of that this fretting and market rise was to protect Italy from needing a bailout (because they're impossible to bail out as the worlds 2nd largest bond market) shouldn't stocks crater?
I'm going all in TVIX, I'm hoping to win big, but there's always that possibility... in other words, risk ON on my risk OFF trade.
Could someone please explain what this means?
" hold 10Y BTPs below 450bps have failed. BTPs have reached almost 456bps over Bunds now - only 6bps tight of all-time intraday record wides."
I am assuming it is bad news (its on zero hedge after all :) but clueless as to what. Yes, I am still trying to learn and have accessed such quesitons before and people have been helpful in thier explainations.
If the spread holds above 450 bps, then Italian bonds are seen as being risky enough to warrant higher margin requirements leading to a positive fedback loop that would deteriorate the situation much further.
Thanks! Understand now. :)
I guess one in laymans terms could say:
450bp+ off the bund mark means higher margin requirements for those holding italian debt. Especially if you have been caught with your fingers in the leverage cookie jar, as that would lead to sell offs to pay for that said margin increase. Imagine a snowball that starts rolling and turning into an avalanche. The avalanche being investors selling because the width between the italian debt and the german debt keepson increasing due to the avalanche itself forcing the italian yield up. It's perhaps not odds on to happen, but it is certainly a possibility.
One should also mention that this easily also means that repayment of Italian debt gets so expensive that Italy can't realistically finance itself in the marketplace. There is no magic limit for when it can't realisticaly finance itself anymore, but it is widely considered by most to be at around 6.5% on the 10Yr. If Italy would enter into even a mild recession I believe that figure to be a lot lower. It would simply just spiral out of control. The big cuts necessary in public spending to get the Italian economy have a great chance of at the very minimum throwing Italy into a zero growth scenario. It is not very likely that Italy itself, the rest of Europe, or the world for that matter will help Italian growth happening. There is no growth wand in the real economy. We don't have bots for that yet.
The consequence is that Italy very possible will need grande support from the funny funny EFSF or IMF or whoever decides to get on the "white horse". Their banks, that hold most of the italian debt will be wiped out. They can raise all the capital they want, it is not going to be fractionally enough.
One problem here should worst come to worst (based on the above):... There might be issues with haircuts on Italian debt here as we are talking in-need-of-painkillers sums of money and already most likely undercapitalized banks. I believe the finance industry lobby would have a hard time deciding on that one and as always the politicans will try kicking the dead can for another bounce. A hard default could happen, triggering the not so funny CDS'es that might send the whole world on a not-so-merry-go-unlucky ride for some time.
Troubeling times indeed, but stay tough, stay focused and invest well! GL!!!
Thanks for that explanation. It makes sense. What will happen when what you described happens, but even though it is obvious that it is arbitrarily forced on private investors, it is declared voluntary and therefor not a credit event to trigger CDS?
Why is 450bps the magic number?
What's magic about 450 bps? Is there some type of formula or known level being 450?
Curious to know why 450 and not 500, for example.
450 bps has been quoted by LCH. Clearnet to be a key level indicating increased sovereign risk which would lead them to raise margin requirements. Since they clear about half the interest rate swaps and a large portion of bonds and repos, this means that a LOT of people (read: banks) will be caught with their pants down should the 450 bps spread hold.
Just discovered TVIX the other day. Already made a few bucks day trading. It's not leveraged like my shorts and 20 seems to be the low end of where it trades. So I think it is a good bet! I am going in hot this weekend. Hopefully I won't ruin it for you.
Looks like Super Mario needs his trusty sidekick Yoshi to come to the rescue.
Super Mario needs his mushrooms... o wait.. he might already be on them
Told Ya the 5 hole was open
Not quite "bella figura" ...
OFF TOPIC...Volcano video...El Hierro...Canary Islands...venting from ocean
That doesnt look too nice.
Seismologist have predicted that the west side of the volcano will slide into the ocean a la St. Helens and create a enormous tsunami to hit the SE coast of the US.
That's not if, its when. Goodby FL to SC coastal areas. Looking fot the link.
Pretty sure there's an episode of NOVA about that.
Thanks, but the sound nearly blew out my ear drums when it first came on.
the epic floods in taiwan have killed off the major food source, rats! rats have to be imported from other oriental countries! delicious!!!!
If you ever visit downtown Philadelphia, don't look down if you are walking across a plank over a trench in the street.
Told you. Computers going off on 11-10-11 and I'm not turning it back on till either earthquakes stop or electronics stop frying or whatever the hell is going to happen happens.
Pretty picture of the day from NASA last week
Been following this for awhile, here are some links
http://www.rapideye.de/news/elhierro.html Sat pics
http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/?view=1 current earthquake list
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/whole-lotta-shakin-at-el-hierro-suggests-new-eruption-might-be-imminent/ Great volcano blog
local reports from the island itself
But don't forget the sun!! http://www.spaceweather.com/
CHANCE OF FLARES: NOAA forecasters have upgraded the chance of X-class solar flares today to 20%. The source would be AR1339, one of the biggest sunspots in many years. The active region rotated over the sun's eastern limb two days ago and now it is turning toward Earth.
wow, that is new, they were concernd that if it moved intoo shallower water, there would be an explosive eruption.
Berlusconi better start heading for the bunga bunga bunker.
Massive bear flattening in Italy curve.
30 minute monetization stick-save halflifes? Oh this isnt lookin too good.
How can I short the ES?
buy ticker "SH"...for the most basic way to short S&P
Or short the SPY for more liquidity
This plus the 50,000 accounts at MF getting margin calls TODAY (per Reuters) will make for an interesting roller coaster ride today.
ecb money well spent...
money down the rat hole
Default rate: 29.99% APR not to mention the $39 over the limit fee.
Don't worry.. next rumor coming up in 3..2..1
just wait til the EUR trap door at 1.36ish is opened
Oh shit...now 88.94
Better try again asshats.
It's taking exponentially more intervention to maintain the ponzi. How much longer can it last?
until the printers are exposed or blow out.
Does Italy have nukes? No? Fuck 'em then.
(psst) All they have is 2,000 years of blackmail material stashed in the Vatican.
BELLA ITALIA! We are with you!!!
they've got pukes! big fat hairy horny women! picture an italian janet napolitano!
bear flag on spx broken - push it
Can't shake the sense that there is a Dow down 1000 day coming soon.
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