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Rosenberg Explains What (If Anything) Has Changed

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Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:02 | 1715320 james85306
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really?  they ran the stops and it's dead walled at 1188 where real buyers would need to show up

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:29 | 1715374 sqz
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There's a fairly huge problem with this plan.

Not only does the leverage come from the EFSF, so increasing French and German exposure. But in addition the UK is joint equal largest shareholder in the EIB (*). Which means if it were to begin issuing effectively "Eurobonds" from this SPV, its AAA-rating would come directly into question!

There's no way this plan can take off in this form, especially when the UK, which is wholly outside the Eurozone, is involved...

(*) http://www.eib.org/about/structure/shareholders/index.htm

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:40 | 1715456 UK debt marsh
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Excellent point!

No way the UK signs up for this.


1.  Sweden and Denmark (non-Eurozone memebers are shareholders)

2.  EIB have flatly denied story.


Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:44 | 1715474 depression
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In other words the shell game continues... DDSS

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:06 | 1715571 crazyjsmith
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Same game, different continent.

Just like the dirty Mortgage CDO - a basket of trash, with a tiny bit of A paper (the good trash) sitting at the top, and the rest is total crap. 

We all know how that story ended. 

Ever buy a bag of oranges from a street vendor?  The top of the bag may have one or two good oranges, the rest of the bag is rotten?  Shell games, deception, fraud, all wrapped up in one nice little package for some sucker to buy and left with "the bag" 

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:33 | 1715686 Fish Gone Bad
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The stock market is a merchandising game.  This phase of it involves not letting the little guy make any money shorting the market.  EVERYBODY knows that there is going to be a great big sovereign default and a whole bunch of CDS screaming.  The trick here is not to be so heavily leveraged that a person can survive the short squeeze(s).  The little guy always gets flushed/flushed out, then the bottom falls out.  Just wait for it.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:04 | 1715326 TruthInSunshine
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All this ESFS and SPV talk, and almost no one is focused on this (the equivalent of a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, essentially stating that no ESFS expansion, and certainly no leveraging of it, is possible without AN ENTIRE AMENDMENT TO THE GERMAN CONSTITUTION AS VOTED ON BY A POPULAR REFERENDUM!):

German turmoil over EU bail-outs as top judge calls for referendum


Germany's top judge has issued a blunt warning that no further fiscal powers may be surrendered to Europe without a new [German] constitution and a popular referendum, vastly complicating plans to boost the EU's rescue machinery to €2 trillion (£1.7 trillion).


The sovereignty of the German state is inviolate and anchored in perpetuity by basic law. It may not be abandoned by the legislature (even with its powers to amend the constitution). There is little leeway left for giving up core powers to the EU. If one wants to go beyond this limit — which might be politically legitimate and desirable  — then Germany must give itself a new constitution. A referendum would be necessary. This cannot be done without the people.

--Andreas Vosskuhle, Chief Justice of the German Federal Constititional Court


Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:08 | 1715340 DonnieD
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Steve Liesman said it. Quit borrowing trouble.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:13 | 1715354 GeneMarchbanks
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The ESFS has been a great distraction from the underlying issue, which, as we've been following since 2008, is insolvent banks and countries. Soon to be continents...

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:13 | 1715359 OrdellRobbie
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German parliament September 29 vote on EFSF will put this to rest.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:23 | 1715391 espirit
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...and it remarkedly resembles 10 pounds of manue in a one pound bag. Plenty to go around, so no empty bagholders.

Good debt for bad debt?  rotflmao!

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:50 | 1715498 oogs66
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they are voting a version that isn't even what the market is pricing in...this is truly insanity

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:53 | 1715768 crazyjsmith
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That market is totally irrational.  It wants an idea, ANY idea, at ANY cost. 

As the lyric goes..."Lie to me, I promise, I'll believe.  Lie to me, just don't leave"

Pathetic isn't it?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 15:40 | 1715778 TruthInSunshine
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OrdellRobbie:   German parliament September 29 vote on EFSF will put this to rest.

Again, if you read the link, article, and excerpt of the COURT OPINION of Germany's highest court that I posted above, you will find that said highest court has ruled that Parliament can NOT approve the EFSF or any variation thereof, without a referendum vote (by the public at large) to change the German Constitution.

Will the German People cast enough votes to do so? I do not know. I do know that according to Germany's higest court, nothing less would be required.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 15:42 | 1715981 Joy on Maui
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Don't think so.   They may approve the current rescue package on the table but have made it quite clear they will not approve anything beyond that, which is what the CNBC story is suggesting.  It really is TARP all over again, European style.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:15 | 1715367 Ned Zeppelin
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Problem is that this is his personal opinion, not a ruling from the court on the issue before them. while it has some persuasive authority, it is hardly enough to stop the banksters from stomping a path to this way to get the sovereign debt off their books.  Tim Geithner has already told them to socialize the losses, privatize the profits, and to do so right away.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:28 | 1715405 bonddude
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The misunderstanding by Rosenberg of what you so correctly explain has caused him to be wrong wrong wrong about the stock market for quite a while now. He is now hoping the broken clock theory kicks in. Meanwhile he missed a historic run in stock and gold. True???

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:54 | 1715510 reading
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Not on gold, he's been a advocate of gold for a long time.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:44 | 1715470 MarkTwain00
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Lets hope the Germans aren't too drunk from the Oktoberfest celebration to stand up for what is right! .....or stumble hunched over to nearest representative and put Das Boot in his/her Arse

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 22:12 | 1717170 Bring the Gold
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I hope the Germans take you literally and shove actual U-Boats right up the ass of those who vote for the globalist plan.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:20 | 1715381 scatterbrains
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--Andreas Vosskuhle, Chief Justice of the German Federal Constititional Court--

Yea but wouldn't they just do it and worry about the ramification later ?  I mean dude above can always drown in a sauna and a preferable replacement found before it reaches back to their Constitutional Court no ?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:01 | 1715543 disabledvet
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It better work then since it's illegal now as well. If it fails these folks might even do something to the perpetrators...or is it perpetraitors?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 18:52 | 1716622 Bring the Gold
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Question: Does Germany have Diebold-esque electronic voting systems in place?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:10 | 1715343 Shocker
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It is great to see, how everything is acting totally messed up. The Market should be down but they are up, Gold should be up but its down. Time are definitely mess, if you try to use logic.





Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:21 | 1715386 baby_BLYTHE
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huh? The spot price of gold has rallied over 60 dollars today.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 16:02 | 1715581 X.inf.capt
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i have no clue, blythe, what is going on with this market

last weds, i posted that i heard and saw people were dumping phyiscal at $39. you saw what hapened, 25% haircut.in 2 days!

this market isnt making sense at all to me, but i still backed up the truck at a little under $30.

i thought i would feel great, but the last time i was this scared is when i had to see my C.G. as a 2 lt for minor infraction.

playing 'YOU BET YOUR BARS' is no fun....

oh well, back to lurkin'....

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:09 | 1715344 TruthInSunshine
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Unless there's some extraordinary method that Merkel or any German politician has of circumventing this massive legal obstacle (having the German People at large vote on amending their Constitution to allow the EU to grab more German sovereignty), I don't see how this is anything but a death sentence for the ESFS, even as it is now proposed in its most modest form.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:12 | 1715356 redpill
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Never underestimate the ability of shitbag politicans to violate their respective countries' Constitutions without asking for permission.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:52 | 1715506 piceridu
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So what kind of fear, threat of Armageddon, meteor strike, shit storm can they come up with to make Germans vote against their own sovereignty?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:13 | 1715348 Ned Zeppelin
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This EFSF is a red herring, to juice up the markets just prior to the announcement of a Greek default. The entire plan is so Rube Goldberg as to be completely preposterous.

"Ned: think if it this way: if you know the plane is going in, but you might be able to do something drastic to halt it before crashing, but you'd need the passengers to go along with it, you make the plane climb first, the start the descent from a higher altitude, and you have a better chance of regaining control before the plane hits the ground. 

"Yes, it might work, Ben, after all that, the passengers will be screaming for you to do something, ANYTHING to get the plane under control.

"Precisely, Ned, precisely."

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:17 | 1715518 Kitler
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Absolutely top notch psy-ops work. Conditioning the Europeans in 'cause and effect' before the sacrificial lamb is to be led to the altar in a co-ordinated 'Lehman' moment designed to save all European banks.

So, will it be a French Bank to play the role of Jesus and die for the sins of the many? Or will operation "la twiste" be aimed at convincing those reluctant German savers to goosestep into abyss?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:11 | 1715353 LongSoupLine
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but, but Bob PissOnYou on CNBS just said it's 25% rebalancing and 75% real rally.

Total Full Fuctard!

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:56 | 1715515 reading
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well, if nothing else, he definitely has his numbers flip flopped.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:12 | 1715355 ZeroPower
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Where the hell is the 9x leverage # from? Who ever said the EIB wants to/agreed to take on bad debt?

Honestly this seems like the most rapid half-assed poor excuse of a rumor to ever be constructed. If this kind of effort was put on a tear sheet for a pitch, this person's balls would get ripped off and hed never work in finance again.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:15 | 1715364 redpill
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The longer no one adamantly denies it, the longer financial markets will assume it is going to happen.  Which bureacrat wants to be the asshole to stand up and end the stock party?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:14 | 1715357 trampstamp
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I thought this leak was already debunked this morning. TD?


Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:17 | 1715358 Zero Govt
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Dead Cat Bounce ...back to 'Bear Business' next week, if not sooner... next

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:14 | 1715362 Oh regional Indian
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How come the UK continues to hold this peculier place in the EU? That has to be a gigantic clue towards what might be coming down the pipe shortly. Why was the GBP so damned important to keep alive as a currency?

And that is clearly the Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya troika along with Uncle "No Boots on the Ground" Sam.

And they have been some of th eheaviest buyers of US paper from the EU zone in general.

Something stinks and it' snot HtwoEssoFer.


Mauled and Gandhian Tales

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:38 | 1715447 maverick91919
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Don't forget there are 27 EU countries and only 17 use the euro currency so it is not especially peculiar to the UK. We kept the pound in the UK because at no stage was there any public opinion to change to the euro and the politicians knew that. The country was promised a referendum should the conditions be met where it could be argued in favour of joining but the polls have always shown the British people would reject it.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:43 | 1715468 reload
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I think the UK kept the Pound Sterling for simple reasons. No political party could have won an election on a`join the euro` platform, and we have such a long & strong tradition of currency debasement, that ceding controll of that process would have been too much of a wrench.

As far as the heavy paper buying goes, its hard to tell where it ends up, but the Fed has more than one proxy to do its `bidding`.



Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:46 | 1715480 Oh regional Indian
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Thanks reload and above. And that is surely the generally accepted opinion. Rather easily manufacturable opinion too.

I see something wicked. The other countries not in the Euro system don't matter as much. City of London is in the UK.

Maybe we'll know soon enough?



Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:19 | 1715375 buzzsaw99
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The 2y auction was well bid. People who care about their money are still buying Ts.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:27 | 1715401 topcallingtroll
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No risk, no reward.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:48 | 1715749 buzzsaw99
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i prefer: no risk, no risk.


besides, some have collateral backed debts to satisfy.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:18 | 1715376 anynonmous
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posted earlier

Macro Man on the "Liesman Plan"



Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:19 | 1715378 Ando
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I remember coming to zero hedge in mid 2009 and all we read here was that nothing was getting better BLAH BLAH BLAH.  Meanwhile the market ripped in your face and then things did get better.  Now Europe is ripping higher.  You can say nothing has changed all you want but the market is rallying.  I love coming back to zero hedge to see all the angry traders that piss and moan as the market rips in their face.  THE MARKET DOESNT CARE WHAT U THINK. MUAHAHAHA

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:30 | 1715407 fuu
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<points and laughs>

"Meanwhile the market ripped in your face and then things did get better.  Now Europe is ripping higher."

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 14:04 | 1715560 mayhem_korner
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What'd you do with the pistol-wielding chimp, ye bludgeoned of the 3rd Reich?

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 16:10 | 1716105 fuu
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The chimp will be back. This was jsut a special gift for Redneck Repugnicant/Libertarians for Prosperity from yesterday.

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