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CDU's Michael Fuchs "Greece Cannot Be Saved, That Is Simple Mathematics"

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Since it has now become the norm to spread myth, fairy tales and magic during the week, only to collapse the wave function of an insolvent "developed world" with a double dose of reality during the weekend when markets are conveniently closed (recall the Draghi in a Box phenomenon) only to repeat it all again the coming week, here is some more truth which may force Citi to hike its estimate of Greece leaving the Eurozone from 90% to 110% (or about how much of QE3 is now priced into the market): "Greece cannot be saved, that is simple mathematics," Michael Fuchs, deputy leader of the parliamentary group of Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party told weekly business magazine Wirtschaftswoche." Indeed, truth hurts, especially when accompanied by math. Which sadly is the problem these days in a world where math and surreality can no longer coexist. And sadly, in the absence of money growing trees, where one can create wealth out of thin air, not fiat dilution, disappointments such as these will only propagate until the game (over) theoretical equilibrium we discussed yesterday has no choice but to finally make its appearance.

"Greece cannot be saved, that is simple mathematics," Michael Fuchs, deputy leader of the parliamentary group of Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party told weekly business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.


"The government has neither the will nor the means to implement reforms," he said.


Hermann Otto Solms, a financial affairs expert for the FDP, also underlined in an interview with Wirtschaftswoche that should inspectors from the so-called troika criticise Athens's progress there should be no new aid for Greece, and it would have no choice but to leave the single currency.


Roesler ruffled feathers last weekend when he told a German broadcaster that a Greek euro zone exit was no longer a taboo for experts and had lost "its fear factor." A party colleague branded his remarks "reckless."


In his interview with OZ Roesler dismissed widespread criticism of his stance both from Athens and within his party.


"In my ministry we've seen that the Greek government has been unable to implement very much."


His comments come amid a growing chorus of voices within Merkel's centre-right coalition that insist there can be no new aid for Greece and that a Greek exit could be imminent.

To summarize: euphoria meets despair, as everyone from one side of the stock market ship scrambles to get to the other, and as the amplitudes of market moves become larger and larger, thanks entirely to central bankers destructive influence on capital allocation, until finally one day the entire market drops to below zero, which as the Fed itself was kind enough to tell us it would have been in 2009 if it wasn't for the Fed itself.


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Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:23 | 2658877 TrainWreck1
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Fuchin' A right!

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:41 | 2658903 veyron
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The sheer number of analysts which are now talking the bear case suggests to me that there may be a way out of this mess ...

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:00 | 2658929 engineertheeconomy
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There is no country that can survive central banking, that is simple mathematics

fixed it 

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:54 | 2659058 Thomas
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But also Greece has no history of prospering in the recent era (common era). This is not about sucking it up; it's about completely retooling attitudes and societal norms. Tell us how that works out.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 16:34 | 2659395 Rubicon
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Hotels et al are about 25% full this peak season. There is no money. 

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 20:02 | 2659591 engineertheeconomy
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 Let me help you out here. The problem is the corrupt Bankers/Politicians that are sucking all of the wealth out of their country. They need to boot the sons of bitches out and either print their own godamned money or go to a Gold Standard, that includes trade and barter.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:01 | 2658930 The Big Ching-aso
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The SHTF in Greece right after the Germans are done vacationing.  Sunbathing amidst rioters loses some of its allure.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:23 | 2659018 One Ton Lady
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The New Dawn party knows what needs to be done. They are ready to kick ass and take names.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 20:04 | 2659595 engineertheeconomy
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U fucking Cunt troll

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:10 | 2658943 Peter Pan
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There may be a way out of this mess?
Give me a break. If there was don't you think the USA would have applied it for herself as well?
Since when does a debt fuelled spending orgy have a painless way out for either the borrower or lender?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:40 | 2658985 flacon
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Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 75–77

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:49 | 2659119 earleflorida
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Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:52 | 2659233 blunderdog
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Although this may be an appealing quote, one should be careful to recall the story. 

Polonius was a fool who made every fatal mistake he ever had the opportunity to make, and was responsible for the tragedy that is the climax of Hamlet.

On the other hand, fuck Shakespeare.  A pop-culture icon who achieved fame rewriting others' stories and presenting them for the amusement of his audience.  Such wisdom can easily be found in the average Three's Company script if you care to look.  Everyone always knew Larry wasn't good for that $50 he wanted to borrow from Jack.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 20:08 | 2659599 engineertheeconomy
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The lenders are the first sons of bitches we're going to aim at when the shooting starts. They're at the very top of the good/evil scale right next to Shalom

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:29 | 2658882 Elmer Fudd
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Oh really? What a revelation,  Print or die, make up your f*ng mind already.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:23 | 2659021 One Ton Lady
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Print or die?  Sounds like Perl programming.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:55 | 2659060 Thomas
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"Print or die" is using the wrong Boolean term. I think they meant "and"

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:07 | 2659137 THX 1178
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1. Print or die.

2. Print and die.

3. Die and dead.

I think that about rounds out the central banking syllogism.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:47 | 2658885 Manthong
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So does that mean next time around we will overshoot zero and they will be paying to have folks take equities off their hands?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 18:42 | 2659524 monkeyshine
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Well, If money is debt then that one potential outcome isn't it?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 20:12 | 2659606 engineertheeconomy
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Money is created as credit, not debt. Newly printed money is a tax on existing money, and does not need a tax to pay it back. A Banker should never be allowed to just print money, Bankers are the most dishonest people in the world and should all be arrested and sentenced to life without parole.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:32 | 2658887 Tinky
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Loved this (via Calculated Risk):


Here was Lou Barnes reaction [to Draghi's latest]:

Sentiment turned yesterday on ECB President Mario Draghi's "...The ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. Believe me, it will be enough." He went on to announce his plans to date Jennifer Lopez tonight, Kim Bassinger tomorrow, and win the decathlon gold next week. 

If a central bank has to promise to preserve something, odds are high that it is already dead. This is the talk of 0-10 football coaches. Imagine if an American Fed Chair said he would "preserve the dollar." Not defend its value versus other currencies; not prevent inflation or deflation, but preserve its existence? Elbow the women and children out of the lifeboats.



Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:22 | 2658958 disabledvet
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well if we think in terms of the word "preserve" i does in many ways mean "you're dead already." hence "the fight is with the Germans" is it not...that WANTS a strong euro, no? And if we were to continue down this path CB Draghi also adds the rejoinder "believe me"...which is interesting because "it is a matter of faith" it would be appear that "upon death this thing is preserved." And interestingly...he finishes with "it" will be enough. What will be enough exactly? The way we kill it? And what does he mean by "enough" exactly? "Just enough so that it crushes you phuckers in the North...but not so much to hurt our recovery in the South"? I'm probably just reading into the words too much again. I'm sure this is all he meant:

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:23 | 2659019 Rusticus
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"The ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro."


Museum curators will be tasked to preserve the Euro ... the display cases of various Euro denominations to include; humidity/temperature control and the ironic "please do not touch" signs. 

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:57 | 2659066 Thomas
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I think the Euro will continue to trade, but only on Ebay.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 22:44 | 2659822 Weyland_Yutani
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They will need a lot of formaldehyd to preserve the Euro.

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 14:15 | 2660498 TruthHunter
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Imagine if an American Fed Chair said he would "preserve the dollar." 

I picture jars of Formaldehyde...

USD; eventually a museum exhibit.

Edit>/  Oh well, by the time I posted this, I see everyone's thnking is in the same gutter...

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:33 | 2658889 pasmurf
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What the Fuch Michael? when math doesn't add up, print, spread rumors lie, and at last resort, get the Fed to feel sorry for the EU dollar liquidity issues.  Problem solved eh?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:34 | 2658892 Heroic Couplet
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Greece does not have a Central Bank and may join Iceland in giving a one finger salute to the private bank cartel families. That will be wonderful. I just finished reading Predator Nation by Charles Ferguson.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:58 | 2658926 Peter Pan
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The Bank of Greece which is the central bank of Greece, has its shares traded on the Athens Stock Exchange. The government owns under 10% and the rest of the owners are unknown due to an exemption under the original charter imposed by the Brits in the late 20's.

The plan going forward will be to asset strip Greece and have multinationals then move in as messiahs to run everything as an act of "benevolence".

What Fuchs says has already been said by a number of people for over two years. The last two or so years have simply been used to prop up the rancid banking system of Europe, to further indebt nations and to break the will of the people across Europe whilst enriching those in the know.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:45 | 2658901 TNTARG
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Practically nobody can be "saved" within the Eurozone. Hope Italy goes out as soon as possible, Italy first just because half my family is suffering in Italy. Hope Greece gets out quickly too, because of my grec friends. Hope they default and leave all the fucking banksters fail as it's required to end this agony. Hope we all go back to real economy and abbandon the perversion of this financial "casino".

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:33 | 2659106 Harbanger
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Off topic, I just read an article about how the Arg's buy dollars and trade property in dollars(which were recently practically banned) to stave off their inflation.  The Arg Govt wants dollars to stay in the country to safeguard their central bank's international reserves.  I study countries that have gone thru a financial collapse to see how they handle the aftermath.  I don't understand why they continue to have a debt crisis and such high inflation(20-25%/yr), any thoughts?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:45 | 2659217 TNTARG
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Argentina doesn't have any debt crisis. State sovereing debt is around 17% of GPD (private sector ext. debt not included). Just trying not to fall again under the hand of those nice guys from international finance. Moreover, Europe is desperately calling for fresh money from all their firms in South America, especially banks, so mesures are being taken to avoid the leak (meaning: Brasil, Argentina and others to avoid them to take our savings away as they did in the past so freely). Too many so eager for real assets backed liquidity ...

Basicaly trying to prevent South America to fall again into a crisis when LAmerican fundamentals (including Central Bank collateral/reserves) are all right, just to control the EZ fever for a few minutes while we all know it's gonna go up as long as they try to keep the Euro alive.

If out savings are in national currencies and cannot easily be converted into euros and/or US dollar robbery becomes harder.

It's hard work, anyway. You all know what kind of weapons they handle.

(Forgive my poor English)

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 15:22 | 2659278 Harbanger
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Your English is fine.  I have a figure of 44.2 % debt to GDP for 2012, but it seems to be improving

I understand Argentina is off to the printing presses again as the Govt. tries to stimulate consumer spending and job growth. Sounds like more Keynesian madness. This must be what is causing the recent spike in inflation.

The way I see it, solving these debt-to-GDP problems without printing money requires one of two things. Cutting spending to reduce debt or encouraging growth to increase gross domestic product. My point is that defaulting and restructuring debt is not going to solve the problem if the system currently in place is unsustainable.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 16:06 | 2659342 TNTARG
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"My point is that defaulting and restructuring debt is not going to solve the problem if the system currently in place is unsustainable."


But for the information about Argentina, you better believe me as an italo-argentinean free professional who runs her own business and has many employees (far more than a hundred) I'm able to pay every month. Data on corporative media and corporate institutions isn't accurate, as you know. Moreoften it's propaganda or counter-information. As Argentina defaulted we're not an example to be shown off, considering the present west scenario up north.

A teacher working 20 hours a week in highschool, with 10 years of service, gets 1000 USD; a truck driver 1800 minimum (more like 2400). Best meat u can find it's about 10-12 USD per kilo (the unit we use); milk 0,7-1 USD x lit., chicken 5-6 USD x kilo. Schols and Universities are for free (private school is people's choice); public health system is working fine except in Buenos Aires City, a very big over-populated megalopoly (again, u can choose private services), we're doing fine and many people is being rescued from the misery they were pushed into in the 90ties and/or was part of structural poverty. Unemplyment is around 8%.

Argentina, as other countries in South America, is self-sufficient in food, energy, water, minerals...

Not so bad taking the world picture into account. But we're not alone and in my opinion the system you're talking about won't live South America be (predators are always hungry). So I must agree with you. If we've been doing well since the default, we're definitely gonna be affected by the huge financial mess and the structural problems of USA and Europe. Because as many here at ZH say (and it's known all over the world), there is no free market out there (in which Argentina would keep performing perfectly), but a bunch of speculators and a very disfunctional élite that distort each and every element of economy by any means (including conquest wars) for they extraordinary and exclusive profit.

Too complex to develop in a comment but I guess you can understand my point of view.


Sat, 07/28/2012 - 16:47 | 2659409 Harbanger
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Many ZH readers are free market libertarian minded people who believe in sound money and small Govt.  The exact opposite of what they are doing in Argentina.  Good luck.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 16:57 | 2659414 TNTARG
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Thanks. Do not mistaken: Argentina isn't socialist.

We also believe in sound money but not above people. We kind of humanists-capitalists.

I can't be happy if most of the people I'm sorrounded by is starving. That's why I'm libertarian, ok, but I'm willing to support a gvt that takes care of those unable (for a number of possible reasons) to self sustainability.

You whoudn't shoot them out,  would you?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 17:21 | 2659445 Harbanger
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Argentina isn't socialist? :)  FYI, Free university education and free healthcare to ALL is very socialist.   The top 17 Universities in the entire World are in the USA for a reason.  You can't be a little libertarian like you can't be a little pregnant.  I not going to convince you but know that you're 1 step from Venezuela.

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 03:57 | 2659958 TNTARG
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The USA are "top ten" in many other issues, as the Roman Empire used to be for better and worse. I'd rather prefer to drop the matter. About socialism: There isn't such a thing as "little socialism" either. As a matter of fact, socialism exists only in theory; it was never implemented as a paradigm by any State. Following your argument we must believe England is socialist too because of his public hospitals.

On the other hand, we don't need to convince each other about anything. I think Humanity needs to evolve in order to be able to improve. We haven't done any better for thousand of years now. Just have more sophisticated tools to do the same again and again.


Sun, 07/29/2012 - 16:58 | 2660804 delacroix
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I thought argentina began importing energy recently?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 22:22 | 2659798 StychoKiller
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Everything (or close to it), gets traded for worthless pieces of paper, until the collapse comes.  Then, no one (or very few), have the wherewithal to create anything of value (i.e., NO capital left).  Finally, the idjuts in charge do the same thing they've always done:  Print more Munny.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:46 | 2658908 JohnnyBriefcase
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Ah fuck it.



Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:13 | 2658945 engineertheeconomy
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What is taking that hundredth monkey so godamned long?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:30 | 2658967 JohnnyBriefcase
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Porn most likely.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:49 | 2658911 Long-John-Silver
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Greece can't be saved, The Euro-zone can't be saved, and the EURO can't be saved.

California can't be saved, The North American Free Trade Zone can't be saved, and the US Dollar can't be saved.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:16 | 2658949 Peter Pan
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I for one don't want to be saved. Their attempts at saving me and the system since the GFC set in, have been killing me. Please no more.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:28 | 2659029 ElvisDog
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I agree. When a govt official or central banker utters the word "saved", what they mean is "save the status quo so I can continue my life of power and luxury". Unfortunately, we (the unwashed masses) are collectively such dumb fucks who can't think critically for ourselves that we buy into the idea that our leaders must "do something" to "save" us from a fate worse than a fate worse than death.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:49 | 2658913 milanitaly
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I suggest to read also Karl Lamers (Cdu). I deem that we will listen less nein in the future.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:59 | 2658927 Haager
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Less nein stands equivalent for less value. Do you feel comfortable with less value?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:52 | 2658916 t_kAyk
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Simply revise the formula.  Problem solved. 

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:51 | 2658919 Nussi34
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Where do we all meet to party at the point in time when the Euro breaks apart?

Suggestion: In front of the ECB in Frankfurt. I will bring 1000 liters beer!

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:05 | 2658934 TNTARG
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U can count on me. I'll bring my best tango dancing shoes.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:01 | 2658923 Hype Alert
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Say it ain't so!  Did he really say imminent?


And do algo's work on weekends or do they just skip those headlines?  This is making my float the market until Wednesday idea a little more difficult to envision.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:05 | 2658936 BurningFuld
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When the Greeks start getting Pension checks that can't buy a weeks worth of food things are going to get ugly fast. That is the problem with Greece leaving the Euro. Unless of course others follow her out adding more "ballast" to their new currencies. Euro cleaning time....Greece Spain Portual....maybe Italy?  Well it was fun while it lasted.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:20 | 2658954 Peter Pan
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You are spot on Burningfuld. When the Greeks are confonted with starvation they will sell their 4000 year old birthrights for a piece of bread. Break the will of the Greeks and the rest of Europe will fold very quickly.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:10 | 2658942 pain_and_soros
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Michael tells Greece to Fuchs off....

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:25 | 2658965 Peter Pan
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For Fuchs sake. Don't you realise that the pain will work both ways?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:42 | 2658987 slewie the pi-rat
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when a party hack speaks...

...tyler listens!

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:18 | 2658950 RSloane
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Could be, possibly, perhaps, at the right juncture, in the fullness of time.....Greece might leave the EU...imminently.




/polite golf clap

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:38 | 2658975 RobotTrader
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Greek Islands and Greek gold reserves will soon by "Nationalized" by Brussells.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:35 | 2658977 Snakeeyes
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Of course it is simple mathematics. Lowering their borrowing costs from around to 25% to 5% is impossible. Besides, they will start spending again. SOCIALISM KILLS!

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:46 | 2658988 engineertheeconomy
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fixed it for you

Also, your 5% and 25% figures need readjusted to .0005% and .0025%

fixed that for you too

Now stop your Trolling and get a real job you spineless vampire

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:40 | 2659111 agent default
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You do realize that we are in the current mess because of socialist policies right?  You do understand that it was the left that was lobbing for the tax and spend and borrow and spend policies that are collapsing all around us right?  You do understand that it was the politicians that created the financial casino by reapealling the Glass-Steagal act that created the casino in the first place, and now they are shocked, SHOCKED that the system they set up is full of gamblers.  And then they bail them out every time they make a losing bet.  But yeah, socialism.  Look around you, WE HAVE SOCIALISM.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:00 | 2659131 earleflorida
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Socialism is but one, Potemkin`village from Communism!

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:40 | 2658984 wandstrasse
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The bad news: the fiat ponzi is only then REALLY REALLY over when fiat does no longer buy oil. In between now an then I am afraid, there is still a lot of military and war and 1984.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:48 | 2658989 Neethgie
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I wanna be clear, i have respect for the germans here, no i am not trolling. We know for a fact, that the fiat system works until it starts getting debased mindlessly ala the bernank, germany is not willing to see this happen, now ok we know they have the ez as their bitchezz, but aside from that, if germany was the us government wed all be a damn sight happier, they would say no bernank stop printing we are gonna fix this deficit.

Germany is unpopular but it is taking measures people on here would like to see applied elsewhere, telling draghi not to print is only prudent.


Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:37 | 2659212 bank guy in Brussels
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Germany already 'debased mindlessly' and 'printed' when they let the German banks lever up and create a credit bubble at 60-to-1 leverage.

It is too late for Germany, too, and the German elite knows that. Euro-zone implosion means German bank implosion.

The German 'we are hard money' show, is just that, a show ... after a likely 'systemic crisis' episode in the next few weeks or months - Greek exiting the euro a good candidate, leading to a 'surprise' sudden near-collapse of the whole euro-zone banking system - Germans will agree to print.

It is already in the cards.

As Jim Sinclair said years ago: 'QE to infinity' ...

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:50 | 2658991 km4
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Spain's chances of avoiding intensive care-a full bail-out-are receding to near vanishing-point

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:50 | 2658992 Neethgie
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oh and isnt the prevailing attitude among wall street types, Dont let math get in the way of a good rally?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:50 | 2658993 Neethgie
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oh and isnt the prevailing attitude among wall street types, Dont let math get in the way of a good rally?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:09 | 2659005 IMA5U
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yes greece is screwed





Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:10 | 2659007 Duke of Con Dao
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bring on the Demolition Derby, yet again!

YouTube - Euro Roadkill of 2012: GREECE

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:21 | 2659012 Marley
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"in the absence of money growing trees, where one can create wealth out of thin air"

Easy, first you make money by selling fecal matter to municipalities with the contention that it supports growth then profit from the bet that the fecal matter will stink.  Failure of municipality is icing on the cake because you can blame it on the greedy socialist.

Your money, their harvest with an Austrian stype scythe:

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:06 | 2659142 earleflorida
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The 'Fed's' honey wagon?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:48 | 2659050 ZeroAvatar
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So, once Schrodinger's box was opened, (Greece) was DEAD!


All the magical thinking and money printing couldn't change IT's wave function.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:52 | 2659054 Joebloinvestor
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Greece is not completly fucked until the gold is relocated.

What the hell will they base the drachma on then?

A "promise to pay"?

That sounds familiar.


Sat, 07/28/2012 - 22:39 | 2659816 Weyland_Yutani
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Greece could back their currency with olives. That could work ;)

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:12 | 2659082 shovelhead
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Draghi must have read Game Of Thrones...

"That which is dead cannot die."

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:16 | 2659084 Marco
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Greece can not be saved ... but a bank run cascading till all Euros are deposited in German banks won't just destroy the Euro, it will destroy the entire EU.

Depositors can be saved ... and whether they morally deserve to be is entirely besides the point, the alternative is monetary chaos on a scope only seen in countries with hyperinflation ... playing out throughout all of Europe with the exception of Germany.

Even if we decide to get rid of the Euro entirely after this, the depositors in Greece still have to be saved (fuck the banks and bond holders though).

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:21 | 2659174 Cali42
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Some quotes by Thomas Jefferson for perspective:

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Most bad government has grown out of too much government.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. (Back then!)

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

And again:

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:45 | 2659224 SqueekyFromm
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Irish Poem time again:


A Kraut politician named Fuchs,

Said fiat dilution just sucks.

The Greeks, they are screwed

Blu-ed and tattooed,

Und der Banks kan nicht print enough bucks.


Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:50 | 2659229 q99x2
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Free Greece from banker occupation.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:55 | 2659237 blunderdog
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It seems to me that all this talk about "saving" Greece is some kind of code-word for "protecting Eurozone banks."

It sounds scary to hear "Greece can't be saved," but if you translate that into "Eurozone banks are going to take some massive losses," suddenly it sounds like GOOD THING.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 15:22 | 2659279 Jlmadyson
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Lehman 2.0 approaches. Draghi puts on his best show...stay tuned.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 15:43 | 2659315 smart girl
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"We worry European officials are not prepared to take any key decisions in the weeks ahead: not about Greece, Spain, or the ESM." Marc Chandler


Sat, 07/28/2012 - 16:04 | 2659343 jonjon831983
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Market drops below 0 = we start paying the market?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 16:41 | 2659404 sunny
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Yeah, but what if Draghi prints several trillion euros and floods the banks and other pockets.  That would be a mighty kick down a long road, there would be happiness and joy in the markets for months.  Don't sweat the laws forbidding it, laws don't seem to matter much do they.  And don't tell me that Germany won't allow it as it goes against their constitution.  Plan on Germany, Finland and that group to whine, bitch, piss, moan and cave when push comes to shove.

The simple fact is that folks have been predicting the collapse of Greece and indeed of all of euroland for some time and it still keeps chugging along, doesn't it.  

I think it an incredible shame, but we are in a new paradigm, and this time really is different.  NO MORE CORRECTIONS UNTIL THE BOND VIGILANTIES TAKE THE PRESSES AWAY.  Until then, it's just markets grinding higher and higher.


Sat, 07/28/2012 - 19:29 | 2659564 octafinance
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What if he can't ? What if ECB's balance sheet is already 37 times leveraged? What if after a 1 trillion more, the markets know that soon haircuts on debt will wipe-out their capital and German taxpayers will have to pay for the new ECB ? What if people have too much faith in central banks but CBs financial power is also exausted, in the same way as sovereigns and banks? Have you though about a minute why exactly FED is not printing a trillion on every meeting? Could it be that ECB has only more move or not even one?

Also the fact that Greece did not collapse is not true as its in great depression. The fact that it did not exit yet, does not mean it won't. Same as home prices in 2007...

I tell you, one day people will bet on central banks and will lose a lot of money. Do you think investing is so simple? Once CB prints money you invest and become rich ? Everytime? I wish you good luck.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 22:37 | 2659813 hedgehog9999
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Mathematics???? give me a break, all you need is grade 8 arithmetic, maybe even grade 7!!!!!

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 09:09 | 2659873 monad
Sun, 07/29/2012 - 03:23 | 2659949 GMan_
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We just need Frau Merkel to come on TV Sunday night saying NEIN NEIN and then we'll have SPX to 1330 Monday morning. Super Mario, you just put yourself in an even more difficult situation. Congrats my friend. 

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 09:09 | 2660080 monad
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Merkel is Bilderberg

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 16:48 | 2660777 lotsoffun
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some clown was on MSM early last week saying 'buy spanish bonds'.  well - if you had a one day holding period, he was right.  he had inside info, and at the time, i laughed.  now i'm crying.  so - let me get it right this time.  buy spanish bonds, AND french and italian also!!!  this stuff yields and is cheap!


Sun, 07/29/2012 - 16:49 | 2660780 lotsoffun
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oh.  and i forgot.  reits and subprime too.  and home builders.  the bottom is in.  and did i miss banks?



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