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Do They Or Don't They? Will They Or Won't They?

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Submitted by Peter Tchir of TF Market Advisors

Do They Or Don't They? Will They Or Won't They?

It’s hard to believe that here we are again trying to figure out what Europe will do over the weekend.  In our case a long weekend.

In spite of the fact that the Greek story has been out there for almost 2 years now, it still drives the market.  Virtually all of the big moves this week came on the back of Greek headlines so it is impossible to argue that it is “priced in”.  My best guess is that a resolution (which the market believes is most likely) sparks a 2%-4% rally.  A default (which I think is most likely) sparks a 5%-10% decline.  So at these levels I will be short as I think the most likely move is lower, and the move lower is likely to be bigger.  With the market being choppy, being nimble remains a key. 

Yesterday was one of the bigger swings we’ve had.  The S&P moved almost 2% and is starting to feel like it did last fall – either extremely well bid with no sellers, or feeling ugly with no buyers and almost no middle ground.  Be careful about high yield.  Everyone is still talking about the “flows” but although JNK has been able to attract some new money, HYG has not added a single share this week. HY may be cheap, but if the new flows dry up, it will struggle from here.

The CPI data is also important.  The fed has set a 2% “target” and talks and acts like we are running below that rate, when in reality, inflation is above their target. An upside surprise here would be bad for the markets as it would be yet another argument against QE.  The economic data has been good (though I believe influenced by unseasonably good weather), but the market is impacted by the hopes of QE, so asides from Greece, that is the other big story to watch.

The market has a tendency to do well after the credit guys leave on holiday shortened trading days.  So with the desire to believe that Europe will not let Greece default (in spite of evidence to the contrary) the markets may remain in rally mode for the day because no one wants to miss the imminent resolution of the crisis.  I am far more convinced that we will get some very disappointing headlines because the situation really doesn’t work, and the tone of Europe has switched from “No Default” to “No Disorderly Default”.

 

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Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:14 | 2168996 GetZeeGold
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I give up....at this point just do whatever the hell you want.

 

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:46 | 2169087 battle axe
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Perhaps Monday there will be a default while US markets are closed? A theory floated yesterday on ZH...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:18 | 2169199 trebuchet
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a selective default has always been on the cards as defined by rating agencies

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:19 | 2169202 JPM Hater001
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<-------Greeks Default Before March 20

<--------Greeks Default way after because every last ounce of free capital sitting around will be hurled at them first.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:13 | 2168998 EZT
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me to!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:42 | 2169076 He_Who Carried ...
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A wise move.
Merkel said in April 2011 2013 will be the year, and that's when the Greek will leave in order to "restore their competitiveness"....
Funny how people tend to forget that all these Dutch, Finnish, and German politicians do want to be re-elected and therfore 2013 !!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:15 | 2169004 channdras
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bears..RIP

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:16 | 2169005 TradingJoe
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For once I agree with Pete! On his thoughts, not the potential "outcome"!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:25 | 2169030 atomic180
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Totally confused now, IN CASH, believe we'll hear that the PSI wants more, no deal yet (BUT SOON) so Monday they get a BRIDGE LOAN TO NOWHERE...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:26 | 2169036 GetZeeGold
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Trade your paper for gold.....now you're done.

 

 

 

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:40 | 2169067 atomic180
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Got Silver and Gold...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:47 | 2169089 sessinpo
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One upped gold/silver. Got stored food, 4 guns (pistol, shotgun, medium range carbine, long range rifle) and tons of ammo.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:16 | 2169008 Wm the Shrubber
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I got short yesterday based upon the Costanza principle.  I did the exact opposite of what I thought I should do!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:19 | 2169204 GetZeeGold
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George........is getting UPSET!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEyaxm26YBI&feature=related

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:23 | 2169217 JPM Hater001
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God bless ya you chubby taco eating living with his mother and father slob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS72uV5XFSI - Constanze meets Steinbrenner

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:18 | 2169013 blindman
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Chooch to Gooch: The Ten Steps of Disco Dancin' - Bobby Braciola
how ya doin? go from chooch to gooch in 3 minutes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk9k_wbqQFw&feature=email

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:23 | 2169017 CrashisOptimistic
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1) There is no such thing as a sovereign default.  The bond holders don't accept a declaration of default because there is no bankruptcy court to force them to.  They keep sending bills demanding payment, forever.  So default doesn't do anything for Greece other than let them skip some payments and not be able to borrow money to fund pensions and government employee paychecks -- given no one will lend to them within 24 hrs of default declaration and a deficit requires borrowing.

2) The choice is endure that calamity NOW or go along with the EU's plan and stretch out the pain to a lesser amount for a longer time and even provide themselves with a bit of hope that a miracle will appear and end the pain altogether.  After all, about 50% of their debt is about to be forgiven so this approach of extend and pretend is about to yield results.

Based on these two realities, why would they default?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:27 | 2169037 DavidC
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For the same reason Iceland said FU to the banks - short sharp pain and then recovery rather than long drawn out pain and no recovery.

DavidC

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:55 | 2169112 riphowardkatz
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The Iceland Greece comparison is inaccurate. Greece is not Iceland or even close.  Greece tells the banks FU then goes back to the drachma which is backed by no produtive capacity and supposedly everything will be fine?  Look at the components of Greece's GDP they produce nothing except government services. The drachma would buy very little in the world market. They will suffer enormous pain if they do it and Europe wont mind watching it.  Not to mention the sanctions that could be placed on Greece for the default. They will be made an example for any other country that dares not obey the ECB/EU  

End result is no default. Some haircuts (50%) Commitment to austerity.  Rich greeks getting taken to the woodshed. Germany saving face by declaring a victory by taking some amount of sovereignty. 

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:31 | 2169247 JPM Hater001
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I gotta disagree.  You know I've been watching some videos on the depression and poverty over there.  It is a really really really big problem.  We are looking at this like all their social programs are still functioning and their economy is still intact.

Reality...It is not.  Ergo- Regulation and overtaxation lead to business reduction leads to black markets leads to lower tax revenue leads social program deficits leads to more regulation and further over taxation and on and on this merry go round goes.  Whe it stops nobody know.

But it will stop.  And I think that's when the people decide to let it fail.  They will accept nothing less.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:38 | 2169266 DavidC
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riphowardkatz,
Thank you I am aware of the differences between Iceland and Greece.

Greece's main 'industry' has been tourism and shipping. Tourists cannot afford to go Greece now (I have a friend who owns a property there and was surprised when he told me by just how much the cost of food and drink has gone up. By going back the Drachma (and I'm not saying this is the ONLY effect) would have the effect of reducing tourism and make it more appealing and popular once again.

DavidC

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:35 | 2169601 riphowardkatz
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Interesting observation.

I guess the questions would be 1. is tourism enough? Would enough people want to go tour a country full of people who are super pissed because of the real austerity that would have to result from not being able to borrow and from being shut out of international markets?

Without severe austerity going back to the drachma would most likely lead to massive inflation in a very short amount of time.

There are no good answers for the Greeks or anyone. 

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:58 | 2169130 fonzannoon
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Good point but it's a little late for that no?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:21 | 2169018 Raskolnikoff
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There is no market anymore, just terminator machines robbing the humans blind of whatever capital they have left.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:29 | 2169043 wandstrasse
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True - but not new at all. this is going on since decades. And only very few - too few - are aware of it.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:32 | 2169048 LawsofPhysics
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There are human families on the other side of those machines dude.  Same as it ever was, now get back on that wheel and run.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:22 | 2169021 PhilB
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Peter is out on his own assigning a greater than 50% probability of imminent default.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:25 | 2169031 PhilB
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Should I pay or should I go now....

If I go there will be trouble...

If I pay it will be double....

 

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:24 | 2169032 Waterfallsparkles
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I really wonder how many Dow points we have gained on all of the Greece is Saved headline.

It also appears to me that the Market surges on the Greece is Saved headline but never gives back the gains.

I think that the Market will react like it did with Aapl after the parabolic move up.  It will crash.  Plus, what will the use to goose the Market after Greece fails?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:49 | 2169094 Vincent Vega
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Once an outcome for Greece is finalized, attention can be turned to Portugal then Spain then Italy then UK then US.....this circus could drag on for years. It is very frustrating. They are trying to control the speed at which the Titanic sinks. <imho>

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:04 | 2169152 Bruin4
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I agree, two years on Greece, then years will be spent on Portugal, then IT then Spain and then Ireland - EASILY Obama will be out of office ( after his second term) before there is any real reversal in this melt up and then maybe, just maybe the focus can be put on the real 800# gorilla in the room  ( or is that a room full of 800# gorilla's?) The USA of insanity.

Market gains on fake labor and unemployment stats and on Greek rumors and then it NEVER NEVER gives back those gains on real news. Thats not allowed anymore, apparently you did not read your homeland security brief about this.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:19 | 2169205 SheepDog-One
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But they dont need or intend to continue on for years, all they need is all the bonds and equities purchased by themselves using your money from the future and theyve already basically done that. No need to keep playing after you have the whole pot sitting in front of you. One of these mornings, theyll get up and walk leaving everyone broke.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:25 | 2169033 DavidC
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One could equally well argue that the market might want to lighten up in holdings going into the weekend so we could see a drop today.

Who knows...

DavidC

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:26 | 2169034 Crash N. Burn
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Gotta love this - from http://maxkeiser.com/

The CADTM downgrades its IMF rating and places this institution on very negative outlook

"The Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) has decided to downgrade the IMF’s rating due to this institution’s heavy share of responsibility for the deterioration of people’s living standards in countries subjected to austerity policies it has openly imposed or dictated from behind the scenes. The resulting high levels of unemployment, aggravation of the crisis and the increase in public debt of the States following its counter productive and unjust recommendations justify downgrading the IMF’s rating from NNN to NO- with a further very negative outlook."

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:27 | 2169039 XtraBullish
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Anyone that thought that this massive global reflation (whether a Ponz-a-tron or not) would not result in a massive Zimbabwe-esque explosion in share prices should go back and observe the 1970's.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:36 | 2169061 LawsofPhysics
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you mean back when we had inflation all around (including wage inflation) and the market range traded for ten years.  Contradict yourself much?  What has been happening to wages again in america?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:34 | 2169054 RobotTrader
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I'm wondering if this site will still be harping on the Greece news after the Dow gets over 13,000 and the SPY breaks out over the 2010 highs.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:37 | 2169063 LawsofPhysics
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...and a loaf of bread cost $10.00.  Yeah, now that is winning roboturd.  There is a real cost for creating captial without adding any real value, but I am sure you know that.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:20 | 2169209 SheepDog-One
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Only thing Robo knows is whatever momo on his screen happens to be green.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:40 | 2169070 ekm
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This is the only site in the world that filters all REAL financial news and provides quite intriguing commentary and guidance.

News are yours to be digested and interpreted. Remember this:

THERE IS ONE THING TO KNOW ABOUT SOMETHING, THERE IS TOTALLY ANOTHER DIFFERENT THING TO DO SOMETHING BASED ON WHAT YOU KNOW.

Ultimately, with time and patience as CONSTRAINTS, EVERYTHING IS A BET.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:11 | 2169167 ConspiracyTheory
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IF that happens, just blame it to the market since they are dumb and everyone here is smart. And the market is gonna collapse soon anyway (no time limit and no stop loss so put all your short in without time limit and stop loss).

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:40 | 2169060 knukles
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So much for the Euro myth of being so Civilized (Grand Theft Country) Caring (Banker Brand Socialism) Humanitarian (Starve the Greeks) and Philosophically Consistent (No to orderly Default)

Seriously.  Is is not amazing that the social and civil repurcussions have yet been so shall we say, mild and passive?
Shortage of Tear Gas or Flouride?
Jesus. 

At least Nancy Grace is getting all over Whitney Houston's mysterious demise.

This whole thing is fucked up beyond Kafkesque.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:02 | 2169148 BobPaulson
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Exactly. It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers where everyone is wandering around like robots, even the people who are just pretending to be robots so they don't get caught.

If there is one thing that is "different this time" I'm prepared to say that it is the advanced science of psychology from years of research in advertising and psiops that has allow it to get this far. The Matrix is an extreme metaphor but it is hard to argue we are not headed that way.

I'm still sitting at my desk for example, am still very secure and haven't joined any paramilitary or revolutionary group. I go to rallies and support protest causes but I haven't gotten violent yet. Perhaps I am waiting for the background social chaos to grow to the extent where I feel justified. Perhaps that will never come so my red/blue pill moment never appears.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:39 | 2169066 pmcgoohan
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Thinking of letting go of some SPY and buying TVIX on the basis the volatility is near guaranteed over the next four weeks while SPY gets kicked in both directions by the daily German mess around.

Here I'll assign some probabilities to the Monday meeting outcome:

bailout rejected outright 20%

bailout signed off without further procrastination 30%

more procrastination 50%

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:16 | 2169194 John Law Lives
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That guy should be real careful where he goes in public from now on. No telling what bad guys might try to do to him.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:44 | 2169077 GaryNeville
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Don't think there will be a major sell off till after QE, even if Greece does go bounce!

Once Bernanke anounces QE markets will rally 5% then the whole world will dump the lot!

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:00 | 2169134 ConspiracyTheory
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Uhh... 5% rally... is that saying "buy now?"

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:45 | 2169083 Dick Darlington
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OT: Update on the toxic waste that is the balance sheets of spanish banks

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Spanish banks reduced lending at a
record pace and defaults mounted as the country’s recession and
rising unemployment took a toll on their ability to make loans
to solvent borrowers.
     Lending fell by 3.3 percent in December from a year before,
the biggest drop since Bank of Spain records started half a
century ago, the regulator said on its website today. Bad loans
as a proportion of total loans rose to 7.61 percent from 7.52
percent in November as borrowing considered “doubtful” jumped
to 136 billion euros ($179 billion) from about 11 billion euros
five years ago, before Spain’s property crash.
     The prospect of a protracted recession in Spain is curbing
the appetite for loans and making banks more cautious about
lending. The economy may shrink 1.5 percent this year, according
to central bank forecasts, while unemployment stands at 23
percent. Exane BNP Paribas predicts an economic contraction
could stretch through 2013.
     “You have a credit crunch in Spain,” said Gilles Moec,
co-chief European economist at Deutsche Bank AG in London.
“It’s another reason for recession this year.”
     The new government of Mariano Rajoy announced on Feb. 2
plans to force lenders to take their share of about 50 billion
euros in provisions and capital charges for real estate as a
step toward freeing up lending in the economy.
     Banks piled up apartments and building land on their
balance sheets as loans to property developers and mortgage
borrowers soured during the crash. The government is talking to
banks to try to reduce the number of people evicted from their
homes for failing to pay their mortgages, Economy Minister Luis
de Guindos said in an interview with state radio RNE late
yesterday.
     Deposits gathered by Spanish lenders declined 4.6 percent
from a year earlier, the Bank of Spain said. Deposits increased
0.5 percent from November, the regulator said.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:47 | 2169090 adr
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When you have no solution, the only solution is procrastination. You lie and say you are very close to finishing, just needs that extra polish. The longer it takes the greater the expectation that the solution will blow everyone away.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:52 | 2169105 BobPaulson
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If somebody can explain to me exactly how Greece would avoid default, I'm all ears. Just what magical revolution of productivity will strike the nation and add 10% to their annual growth so they can collectively work off their crippling debt and repurpose the entire country to that end. Just the thought that rooms full of high paid people can, with a straight face, pretend this could happen is probably the mose puzzling side of this story.

It's like catching a crack smoking homeless kid who steals a ferrari and telling him he has to work to pay it back.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:20 | 2169207 riphowardkatz
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How? The same way the US is avoiding default. Print.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:57 | 2169113 ConspiracyTheory
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Yes.. yes.. keep hoping Greece will default and put that short all-in. We need more short .... market can't rally unless the short gets margin called.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:08 | 2169114 falak pema
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The ultimate proof that this the greatest of all human inventions, the risk asset Nirvana Ashram of Reaganomics-Thatcher concoction, is a brooken, spooked market, run by the Squid cabal : a totally scammed country, that of Socrates, its belly ripped-open, and the Jack-the-Ripper story in MSM of its crapped-up economy; all orchestrated by GS-Jack of all trades, including Ripper of Athens, holds the world financial economy breathless since two years.

King Kong in Gotham town wouldn't have done a better job thrilling the 1% er elitist Wall crowd, on Main Street's dire downfall.

Talking of Gotham, I don't see any Superman on the radar! Do you?

More Gothamisation on the great big GREEK peril!

Wow!!! The Onion satire would make you cry crazy in laughing frenzy at its zany take of this horror reality show. 

I'm sure they'll do a number on it like their take on 9/11 scamanomics. 

 2168877courtesy : laosuwan

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_OIXfkXEj0

 

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:14 | 2169186 riphowardkatz
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You mean the Socrates who was put on trial and killed by the actual culprit in this fiasco, democracy.

Blame the wrong cause and the symptoms will persist. The only superman is the right to property and the right to trade being protected. Until then onward and downward.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:35 | 2169260 BobPaulson
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Mixed metaphor with Gotham and Superman I'm afriad. But yeah, it was the 80s that really god the culture of superdenial rolling in high gear. Putting on a sweater was not an option if there were younger generations to dump this profligacy on.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:58 | 2169123 monopoly
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Hard to work this market except day to day. They do not default and Robot wins. They do and all hell breaks loose. Hate to say it but a bunch of confetti is good for now. Rather be safe, and miss some profits then have to be helped out of the dumpster.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 09:57 | 2169125 monopoly
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Hard to work this market except day to day. They do not default and Robot wins. They do and all hell breaks loose. Hate to say it but a bunch of confetti is good for now. Rather be safe, and miss some profits then have to be helped out of the dumpster.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:01 | 2169140 fonzannoon
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From MSM: In a report that might also give the U.S. Federal Reserve some pause over the possibility of easing monetary policy further, the Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent last month.

From Peter: An upside surprise here would be bad for the markets as it would be yet another argument against QE.

Lets see what happens.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:18 | 2169197 ConspiracyTheory
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Don't forget we still have the second LTRO (which won't have any impact according to ZH article the other days). We are bathing in a sea of cheap money right now.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:21 | 2169211 SheepDog-One
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Cheap money...more like worthless money to me.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:29 | 2169235 ConspiracyTheory
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I don't mind you give me all your worthless money :)

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:20 | 2169210 GoldmanBaggins
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Greece as well as most western nations are technically bankrupt. We know that and have for some time. So why all the drama and dragging out of the process? Simple. What will the citizenry tolerate? That is the question our masters need answered before they procede. You see Greece is not just some pathetic southern Euro basket case. Greece is a full fleged member of the Brusselss Treaty and the Western European Union and geographically provides access to the Mediteranian region. Greece is a decent military power in the region as well. There membership in the WEU requires them to come to the aid militarilly of the other members and vice versa. You see money is power but real power lies at the trigger end of a gun. Greece will not go its own way. To much of a risk. With its own currency they may make nice with the wrong people. Our masters won't allow that. So sit back and relax we are being tested. Greece will tell our masters what they need to know about how hard they can press the boot on the neck of all of western society. Then they will choose their method.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:23 | 2169218 SheepDog-One
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Theyre basically done with monetizing all the bonds and stocks for themselves. They dont really care about the people or what theyll do, thats why they built their underground complexes. Just let all the people kill themselves off in riots while they sit 1 mile underground.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 10:29 | 2169232 Sandmann
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http://www.eurasiacritic.com/articles/effect-greece%E2%80%99s-economic-c...

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-201848-arms-purchases-to-counter-turkey-...

France is pushing to sell six frigates, 15 helicopters and up to 40 top-of-the-range Rafale fighter aircraft.
Greek and French officials said President Nicolas Sarkozy was personally involved and had broached the matter when Papandreou visited France last month to seek support in the financial crisis.
The Greeks were so sensitive to Sarkozy’s concerns that they announced on the day Papandreou went to Paris that they would go ahead with buying six Fremm frigates worth 2.5 billion euros ($3.38 billion), despite their budget woes.
The ships are made by the state-controlled shipyard DCNS, which is a quarter-owned by defense electronics group Thales and may have to lay workers off in the downturn.
Greece is also in talks buy 15 French Super Puma search-and-rescue helicopters made by aerospace giant EADS for an estimated 400 million euros.
The Rafale, made by Dassault Aviation, is a more distant and vastly dearer prospect. There is no published price, but each costs over $100 million, plus weapons.
Germany is meanwhile pressing Athens to pay for a diesel-electric submarine from ThyssenKrupp, of which it refused to take delivery in 2006 because the craft listed during sea trials following a disputed refurbishment in Kiel.

 

The fact that weapons sales are fronts for corruption has been repeatedly proven in France and the simple fact is that Greece is too big a customer to have it fold. So it is easier to make out the Plebs have been living well and impose poverty on them. As Zufalkhir Ali Bhutto put in in Pakistan his peole "could eat grass" to fund weapons development. 

The simple fact is that Greece has signed agreements with Israel and is sponsor of Greek Cyprus. There are all sorts of issues with US and NATO that overlay the EU and the Greek people are simply pawns in a bigger game of Indecision

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