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Shadow Banking Contagion Approaches As European Banks Sign Private Repo Agreements With US Counterparts

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In what is probably the riskiest escalation of the second credit crisis to date, IFR has released information that was until now speculated, but not confirmed, namely that European banks not only continue to make a mockery out of LiEbor by posting whatever rates they deem appropriate (for the simple reason they don't use interbank funding), while in the meantime going directly to US banks, using shadow, and hence completely unregulated conduits, in the form of private repo arrangements with "at least three of the five biggest US banks." Now where this is interesting is that as Zero Hedge disclosed three months ago, the bulk of the cash generated for the pendancy of QE2 went not to US banks, but to US-based branches of foreign banks. Which probably means that there is a roadblock to repatriating the US held cash (even in exchange for perfectly legitimate receivable debits). Because one would think that this is where the first source of cash for troubled banks would come from. Assuming it hasn't been repatriated already, or is not stuck in some IOER-GC carry trade that generates virtually no return (and when the Fed lowers IOER even more, absolutely no return). Alas this means that the 3M USD Libor which we update every day is substantially under-representing the true funding squeeze in Europe. Even worse, it means that US banks have lent us tens, if not hundreds of billions of cash, in exchange for collateral that could be virtually anything, and which collateral bypasses traditional Fed supervision. As a result, US banks can and will go hog wild in lending repo dollars (at big collateral haircuts but still) to European banks until everyone suddenly runs out of money, and the Fed realizes it has to not only fill traditional liquidity holes, but a massive shadow banking shortfall, precisely the stuff that none other than the Fed has been warning about over and over. Just like in 2008 when the big hit to the system came not from traditional sources of risk but perfectly innocuous and thus ignored money markets, so the same will happen this time, as the biggest crunch will come completely out of left field. It always does.

From IFRE:

US banks have become the unlikely saviours of their ailing European counterparts, signing private agreements to lend them billions of dollars in recent weeks after an exodus of nervous money market funds left many without ready access to short-term funding.


Agreements worth tens of billions of dollars have been signed in the last month alone, according to bankers directly involved, who added that senior management of firms on both sides of the transactions have been closely involved with hammering out deals.


French lenders are among those using such facilities, say bankers, although deals have also been struck with UK and other European firms. Loans have been made as repo agreements, with banks posting assets such as corporate loans and mortgage portfolios as collateral.


“We were able to use some of our assets to get long-term repos,” said one board member at a French bank. “It was a move we made to monetise some of the assets we had on the balance sheet which were good, quality assets, and also to mitigate the withdrawal of money market funds.”




Paris-based Societe Generale said that it had struck US dollar repo deals equivalent to €6bn against a portfolio of commercial mortgage-backed securities and collateralised loans with maturities longer than six months. US bankers say other banks have struck similar deals in recent weeks to generate cash.


One source at BNP Paribas with knowledge of the situation said the bank was using US dollar repo markets for fixed income activity, but “not more than usual”, though the bank acknowledged that its use of short-term US money market funds dropped by €10bn to €36bn since the end of July.


“Doing repo means you don’t have to sell and don’t have to take the loss on many of these assets upfront,” said another banker at a US bank, who has signed off on such deals in recent weeks. “You can do it privately, so nobody needs to know, and spread losses over the lifetime of the assets.”




The fact that US banks are willing to increase their exposure to European firms – even if they insist on significant haircuts and conservative interest rates – demonstrates that they are happy dealing with such counterparties, at least for the moment.

Yes: for the moment. Alas, when the moment ends, and said banks can no longer afford to lend out cash, and in fact need it, may we ask: who will provide this source of global bailout capital? Oh yes: Ben Bernanke of course, and who will be facing trillions of dollars in full loss exposure should central planning not be successful in patching up the second Great Financial Crisis?

Why you, dear reader.


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Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:23 | 1671750 Rahm
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Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:32 | 1671782 phyuckyiu
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Back in late '08 I started screaming at my ex-wife that Libor was getting huge and banks were not lending to each other anymore, aka money is stuck, and we needed to sell our house in bum fuck and move before the velocity of money came to a standstill. She told me to wait 5 years, Obama will fix everything, and that she had no idea what Libor was and didn't care. I got a divorce.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:36 | 1671795 bob_dabolina
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That's commitment

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:39 | 1671802 phyuckyiu
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You can commit to poverty if you wish :)

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:41 | 1671812 Dingleberry
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Did you lose your a$$ on the house, or on the divorce? Or perhaps both?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:08 | 1671881 pan
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In these times you definitely stick her with the house.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:23 | 1671918 phyuckyiu
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The house lost half the value, it was in bum fuck Oregon. Happy to be back in the Bay Area near my parents, where I don't have to consciously use double negatives to fit in (it sounds prude but I hate poor english). Actually maybe I am a prude I saw Philip Glass with my parents last weekend, that's like Woody Allen prude. Not happy to have lost a best friend, but i've already lost half my life's work as it is. I had to downgrade to Felton from Los Gatos when I came back, not that i'm a huge fan of Los Gatos but their school district made me money. Consider me one of those that slipped down from the middle class, cuz I aintz got no dough, cuz.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:41 | 1671969 eisley79
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this tyler said "us" refering to himself as part of Europe, stay in character tylers!

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 05:13 | 1672296 George the baby...
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Actually he was refering to Ben Bernanke bailing out the European banks.  So he maintained his character quiet well.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 18:47 | 1675259 eisley79
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no he(of they) didnt, the US/NA is always "us", never europe, europe is always "them"



Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:43 | 1672142 Absalon
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So you left your wife and moved back to Mommy.   Your ex-wife's better off without you.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 05:05 | 1672261 phyuckyiu
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Laugh I am guilty of having an intact family that I see once every few weeks. They live 100 miles away from me, but i'm sure that's too close for a bitter caucasian housewife such as yourself. You'd probably disapprove of our trips to the Museum of Modern Art or the De Young, or the Symphony, far too nebbish for someone as cool as yourself. They are also in their late 70's and I want to appreciate them before they are dead, which could be anytime. Apologies to those who don't enjoy their family, I realize they are legion. Perhaps if you had come from a supportive, loving family you wouldn't be so angry. Cheers.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 05:11 | 1672294 jeff montanye
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your ex wife is lucky to be ex.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 07:57 | 1672300 phyuckyiu
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Yes I know, best to leave the people that still talk to their family alone. Totally agree. I must be such a dweeb, going to museums with my -gasp- parents. I promise we'll pick more macho things to do down the road so you'll approve, except that they're old and the era of season Raiders tickets was 35 years ago. Or I suppose you object to someone seeing his parents twice a month before they are dead, it must be a sign of weakness. Sad. Or somehow I have to move away from my beloved Bay Area to prove to you some freudian theory on separation? I've tried, there is no place better than the Bay Area. If you don't get it, I can't help. And my parents lived here first. Bummer. The Bay Area is a huge place, I live in the woods near Santa Cruz, far from pretty much everything. I hope when you turn 78 that someone still wants to talk to you, but wouldn't it be justice after your post if you sat by yourself all day every day at that age? And to think all this started over a Philip Glass concert. LOL.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 08:40 | 1672628 Comay Mierda
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arguing on the internet is like competing in the special olympics - even if you win, you are still retarded



Thu, 09/15/2011 - 13:23 | 1673925 phyuckyiu
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So true, gotta love the one line innuendos from assholes.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 10:05 | 1673111 Pegasus Muse
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And to think all this started over a Philip Glass concert.

Might have been worth it had it been a decent composer -- a Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler, etc.

Glass' minimalist 20th century stuff does little for me.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 13:27 | 1673947 phyuckyiu
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Glass is a little like chinese water torture.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:40 | 1671805 Crisismode
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Was she any good in bed?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 07:25 | 1671942 phyuckyiu
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My first post made it sound like I hated her, but I only hated her ignorance of things that really matter, during times that really matter. Some of course will say the only thing that matters is love. Anyone in a marriage knows that money troubles is a make or break scenario, very dicey. Everyone gets along great till there is money issues. Buying a business up in Oregon to make your wife happy and bleeding all your equity, and then watching all the doors to possibly selling the place quickly closing, is not the easiest scenario. To judge me that shallow with just a few posts is premature. She took the Sybian with her, does that help? :)

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:25 | 1671923 Two Towers AU AG
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bob_dabolina  Its not commitment. Its called discipline.

A guy told me one time ..Dont let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat. when you feel the heat around the corner.  (see @ 2:13-3:03)



Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:50 | 1671835 Long-John-Silver
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My wife thought I had gone insane when I cleaned out the 401(k)'s and the savings accounts except for enough to float along. I then went physical Gold and Silver at a 25/75% ratio. I've gone from being a raving lunatic to an evil financial genius these past few years.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:56 | 1671852 Fiat2Zero
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I did the same but less than a year ago.  I am transitioning out of raving lunatic to evil financial genius as the PMs are moving higher.  Alas the manipulation lately is definitely trying to take some of shine off my reputation.  I guess I'll have to wait for the Fall/Winter surge for confirmation.

Maybe I'm like the "mini-me" size evil financial genius now...

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:04 | 1671861 Waffen
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Indeed i had gone from crazy lunatic to "you can assfuck me" in April until May 1st when it was "you can sleep on the couch."

I am now back to speaking terms and am also waiting for the Fall/Winter surge to return to daily blowjobs.



full disclosure

~sadly, reality was April (your awesome) to May (you suck) and now its (meh). any sexual relations with the wife have always been hit or miss~

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:12 | 1671888 pan
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Re. your sexual relations, the problem is that you married her.  If you were still just dating her, you'd be getting it regularly.  I am speaking from experience.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:19 | 1671910 Dugald
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Make this man  Fed Tres....quick

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:28 | 1672052 dasein211
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Fuck that is so true. I nominate you for president and warn anyone dating that if you hate sex and working out all the time than by all means get married.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:13 | 1671891 Crisismode
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Women are just funny that way.


You can't live with them,


But  you certainly can live without them.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:32 | 1671948 phyuckyiu
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Best post on the thread by far.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:40 | 1671967 TheBadgersSett
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excellent mini thresd within an already exclellent thread. Excellent.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 08:07 | 1672522 ZeroPower
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Inception o.0

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 06:49 | 1672385 papaswamp
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Get a sailboat...head for a tropical island with plenty rum, bow ornaments some gold. When this whole shitsotrm finally hits, that's my plan.

FOr you non-nautical types...bow ornaments:

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 06:49 | 1672387 A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000
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That's why I only talk to my wife about the weather.


This December we'll have been together for 15 years.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:29 | 1671762 CapitalistRock
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It boggles the mind that people are sitting in stocks "for the long haul". Fewer than 1 in 500 Americans own even a single ounce of gold bullion.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671774 Thomas Jefferson
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Im scared shitless about the money I have in my business checking account. 

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:38 | 1671800 bob_dabolina
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Jonesin' for that fiat.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:43 | 1671814 rocker
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Have you ever heard of withdrawal and safe deposit boxes.  Or even a safe or two.  

Just buy one that two monkeys can not carry and your safe. Eh.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:04 | 1671868 Belarus
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Other than working capital needs, you shouldn't have ANY money in a business checking account. Pay it out as a dividend or make up some property and plant expenditures and move the money out. Jesus, who sits on your board?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:06 | 1671873 readytoleave
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When liquidity dried up overnight in 2008 our banker went absoulutely nuts...  We had been giving him our financials every 30 days for over five years.  All of a sudden there were "issues" with our ratios...  Check any loan docs that you have a balance on. 

Check them very carefully for "Demand Clauses."  When this turns South --- again.... The bankers will be coming first after every quick dollar they can get their hands on(your checking account) and second they'll come after anything that they can sell for even 20 cents on the dollar -- quick.

I have found bankers to be the worst business people in the world.  I always thought "these guys lend out other people's money" they must be really sharp to be able to quantify and classify that kind of risk.  I was so far off it's not even funny.

The best thing that all of us "business people" can do is stay off the radar screens of the bankers and the IRS.  I can assure you --- it's no easy feat.  They will both make sh**t up to take your money -- and if "your" money is in a bank --- it isn't your money -- it's theirs.  You have a contract that they will breach at will.  They can take it out of your account at will !!  It isn't theft -- it's "bank process."  It's a civil matter and you have to use the courts to try and get it back. 

The banks throughout this country are screwed.  Their balance sheets are screwed --- and hence any money you have in a bank (which is actually nothing more than a bunch of 1's and 0's on a hard disk) is at risk.  I'm not being dramatic...  I'm speaking from experience.

That's why my user name is "readytoleave." 

My guess is that there is already a very quiet bank run happening throughout Europe.  It's been going on for weeks if not months.  The smart/big corporate money is moving it as fast as humanly possible without setting off any alarms...  

We use a small, little know institution on that side of the pond and two weeks ago I awoke to not being able to access our accounts -- "the web site just wouldn't resolve."

I thought holy sh**t.  For two days we couldn't make any transactions. 

And that's the way it's going to happen...   Everyone will wake up on a seemingly quiet Tuesday morning and you just won't be able to get to your accounts....

What is coming has already happened to a number of businessmen like myself.  But the next time --- and it will be soon --- will be so much worse.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:25 | 1671922 Thomas Jefferson
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Well said.  Argentina style.  Looks like Ill have to sleep in my adult diapers tonight.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:44 | 1672144 Founders Keeper
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Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:36 | 1671957 FreeNewEnergy
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You are 100% correct. Keep all loan balances high, so that the banks cannot cut your credit limit. If and when they do, stop paying, period.

I am more than happy to borrow at 23, 28, 34% interest on money that is depreciating at 6-8-10% a year. Why should I care? I'll borrow as much as possible of they'll lend it because I'm buying assets for a buck that are worth three, six, ten on the open market, so the interest expense is rather negligible, or, using the Chairman's term, "transitory."

To me, that translates into "if there's an absolute asset crash, I'll keep paying," because I'm that liquid and if my bank has any brains at all, they'll follow me to Nirvana.

Sadly, I have never met a banker with brains, nor a buyer with adequate restraint. I've either been cursed or very lucky, but I am still standing and doing business... and it seems to be getting better.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:02 | 1672091 IQ 145
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That's right. the French and Austrian Bankers can hear the giant sucking sound; the wealthy European clients aren't renewing their CD's or their bonds. A quiet bank run. I think a lot of this is showing up as the frankly lunatic buying of long term treasuries in the US; some of it bleeds off into Gold and Silver.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:32 | 1671783 rocker
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But, but, but they have those earnings from last year. Eh.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:42 | 1672077 Whalley World
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Seeing as the North American average is 1% I'd say us Canucks and our Mexican Compadres are sitting a little prettier.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:30 | 1671765 bluebare
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Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:30 | 1671766 bankonzhongguo
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It's all part of the Plan.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671767 Thomas Jefferson
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Tick.... Tick.... Tick....

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671768 macfly
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It really does just go from bad to worse, and my shorts were squeezed bad today, but I'm chilling and waiting for a roll over.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:34 | 1671786 rocker
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This is what's fueling the market, weak short hands. The rest is just air on No Volume.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671769 caerus
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banks are posting mortgage portfolios as collateral? yeah that'll work...

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:46 | 1671979 FreeNewEnergy
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Yeah, this:

Paris-based Societe Generale said that it had struck US dollar repo deals equivalent to €6bn against a portfolio of commercial mortgage-backed securities and collateralised loans with maturities longer than six months.


absolutely cracked me up, considering I'm living in a house that has no counterparty risk thanks to MERS and BAC, and my next target is the county tax office. Sure, I'm in residential MBS, which is already kaput, so those CMBS ought to be really viable as collateral since all us broke homeowners will surely be flocking to the Gap and Best Buy for worthless techno-trinkets any minute now.


Can this get any weirder? You bet, and I hope it does. Anybody with half a brain (only 24% of the US population by my calculations) should be able to profit handsomely from the missteps and miscalculations of the herd.


There's an algo in there somewhere. I can feel it.



Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:08 | 1672097 e_goldstein
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< 3%

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671771 rocker
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Oh please, didn't Geithner just tell Crimer that all is well and their is No Risk. No Contagion.

Sleep well, this should be good for another 200 point Rally on Air Farts.  LOL

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:03 | 1671865 Denver768
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No doubt. The machine induced float upward. A multiple-day short squeeze on no volume before a triple digit drop in a flash... The controllers are at the wheel. No need to worry disenfranchised traders, 401k holders and retirees.... You can trust the machines, your elected officials, your bankers.... NOT.

Money is shit, bankers are flies.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671775 lolmao500
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This is really really really really really bad.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671776 Hansel
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That's pretty sweet.  People flee French banks for U.S. banks, and then the U.S. banks lend the money right back to the French banks.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 09:55 | 1673060 falak pema
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its called a cartel, the most blatant time honoured oligarchical structure since roman days...THEIR club membership rule : "When times are bad, we regroup like shieded tortoises, when times are good we are every man for himself and may the milk maid go to he who milks his clients best!"

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:31 | 1671778 Jim in MN
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Hey so does this mean that Citibank has like TWO trillion in European exposure instead of just a trillion? Naughty Citibank. Wouldn't want to get caught holding any of THAT stanky stuff.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:42 | 1671781 Mercury
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Why anyone would choose to put their cash into money markets at this point is beyond me.

Near zero (negative real) interest rates, no FDIC coverage, new rules that can suddenly close the window on you when you want to withdraw funds and buck-breaking principal risks galore.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:33 | 1671785 williambanzai7
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That's history you hear rhyming...


Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:37 | 1671797 rocker
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Again. didn't we do that before.  Oh yeah, it's Europe's turn.  

No Defaults allowed, I'll give you 40 cents on that dollar you gave me yesterday. We be still good, Eh.   LOL 

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:41 | 1671811 Jim in MN
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Warning--Financial Engineering Zone--No Productive or Honest Activity Allowed

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:07 | 1671874 Oh regional Indian
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Seriously jim, Financial engineering and financial innovation, talk about two really dangerous oxymorons.


Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:50 | 1671839 sitenine
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thank you

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:34 | 1671787 bob_dabolina
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And I wonder who have been those big sellers of gold 2-430am est....

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:52 | 1671843 Long-John-Silver
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Paper or Plastic Gold?

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:35 | 1671788 adr
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Tens of billions, probably well into the tens of trillions. Bernanke has proboably been bankrolling every single market jump since March 2009. In fact we probably know 100% for sure he has. China is probably buying Greek debt with US dollars.

The goal is to have the USA hold the bag for the rest of the world. We'll have our hyperinflation moment, the billionares will retire to Dubai to live out the last years of their lives in luxury. Without the welfare payments America will degenerate into the worst parts of Africa and we'll have the race wars.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:38 | 1671789 Denver768
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Jiminee cricket. Between the machines, the corrupt officials, the rigged casino, the banking idiots, the dull mass media

All I can say is WTF... Time to start shutting it all down and unwind this mess, however painful.

Money is shit, the bankers are flies.

Time to flush this toilet.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:41 | 1671813 Thomas Jefferson
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Europe is burning to the ground and Fox News is trying to pump out some murder mystery BS.  Why does anyone watch that garbage?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:11 | 1671885 Denver768
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Opium for the masses... Keep them slumbering. And our next-to-worthless journalist aren't doing the people any favors either.

Sad really. Scary and sad.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:14 | 1671896 Oh regional Indian
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When you let the Faux guard the hen house of your mind, what do you expect TJ?


Want to save the world?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:15 | 1671899 chump666
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hahaha oh man that sounded funny...

yeah but you are right.  The EZ meltdown/riot/chaos back on in less than 48hrs.  The markets, as described, are panic meltups.   F*ck the Fed, they sent more trillions into bank blackholes, everyone will short US banks.  No problems, cause they can't make money anymore.  On 0% rates + insane speculation = Wall Street will implode again

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:16 | 1671903 chump666
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...EUR sells coming through.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:36 | 1671793 zorba THE GREEK
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What else is going on behind the scenes that we don't know about?

It's always the punch you don't see coming that knocks you out.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:38 | 1671801 rocker
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Think, it is Rinse and Repeat Time.  Done it all before.  Geithner has the play book in hand.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:36 | 1671796 catladdy
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-At what interest rate will the USA be unable to meet it's daily interest expense? Is it 7% now?


Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:37 | 1671798 sitenine
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Sucks to be a tax payer, doesn't it?

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:41 | 1671809 bob_dabolina
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It's an honor and privilege to be fucked in such a regal manner

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:41 | 1671808 nah
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printing money is a luxury


isnt it

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:41 | 1671810 MFL8240
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These same banks in the US are reposessing homes from US taxpayers as they are using money to help European banks.  This is as sick as it gets folks.  

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:02 | 1671860 Mactheknife
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That's just geography. The same banking cartel owns most of them. Just as they own the Federal Reserve. They've only been working on this for 250 years.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:44 | 1671815 Dingleberry
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So "our" banks bought euro-style CMBS???? I sure hope they have the coveted "AAA" ratings!!!!!  (wink, wink).

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:46 | 1671827 rocker
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Not to worry, the Fed has their back.  Who will have Grandpa's and Grandma's back.  Hmmmm

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:45 | 1671817 Syrin
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This is the sort of stuff you see in movies like "Conspiracy Theory" playing out before our eyes.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:45 | 1671820 monopoly
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I cannot absorb any more tonight. Just beyond imagination.

Good Night.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:46 | 1671822 boom goes the d...
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Have we reached the Alamo yet?  We'll be safe there.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:46 | 1671825 LeonardoFibonacci
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What would Dexter Morgan do?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:59 | 1672002 FreeNewEnergy
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I don't know how Dexter Morgan is, but I'd do Chesty Morgan any time.


Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:48 | 1671829 Jim in MN
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Remember kiddies, get anything you value OUT of NYC/DC. Redirect financial affairs to credit unions or conservative local banks. Ask your family, church, local government and barber shop to do the same.

You can protect yourself and take some power from these corrupt bastards at the same time. Smiles!

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:50 | 1671831 LeonardoFibonacci
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Run for your lives..........

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:49 | 1671834 zorba THE GREEK
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Just bring out the giant eraser and hit the reset button so we can get on life as usual.

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:51 | 1671840 Belarus
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Jesus, no one has said it yet: good goddamn sleuth work ZH. It's like AIG all over balance sheet risk, with no collateral or reserves. Scary shit. 

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 03:56 | 1672242 FlyPaper
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But remember: all that fancy financial reform legislation that passed last year will protect us~!

I think its time to put a clamp down on this shit.  Would these banks be doing this lending if they were not assuming we'd bail their sorry asses out again?

All said, I'd have to think that uncle Ben knows this is going on.  Its one way the FED gets to be the global Central Bank; and the wealth of the US citizens gets drained on every loss via QE.  All they have to do is take the SocGen "toxic assets" now REPOd to the to-big-to-fail banks and make Maiden Lane VI.  This perpetuates the game and further interlocks the US and European banking sectors together; and the FED (at our expense) gets to fill the gap in the ECB charter.

And the status quo continues ...



Wed, 09/14/2011 - 23:53 | 1671845 1971
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If they have not already but will the banks soon be signing exclusive agreements with the drug cartels to generate more liquidity?


Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:00 | 1671857 Belarus
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BTW, it could be why the algo's have been instructed to keep BAC above $7 per share at all costs. It seems to be a breakpoint for the bank, seriously like they haven't had enough, and anything below becomes a deat spiral.....where of course cash is looked up in European shit soup....

This fucker, and everything, is on the precipice of disaster. I expect to hear LSAP on the 21st. Operaton Twist just isn't going to do it. If not, all bets need to come off the table on everything not nailed down.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:29 | 1671936 lizzy36
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$7 is buffets break even. Probably why they are trying to keep it above $7. If they are forced to do another secondary, Buffet ain't going to be happy if it comes at a d/c to where he purchased his piece.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 09:34 | 1672940 baseball13
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Buffet has no risk in the BAC deal - remember he had met with Obama the week before his private bailout...

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:11 | 1672023 FreeNewEnergy
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$7 is the magic, like a banker's G-spot, where value disappears below and one can catch one's breath above. I distinctly remember telling my father not to sell our $12 puts on Cuntrywde at $7, because I was sure it was going to $3 and I was right. We got out at 5.20-5.50.

The amazing this is Citi, which was levitated at $3-5 for two years, then reverse-split to like, what? 45? And now, it's --- ok, i'll check --- 27.39. Citi is as dead a bank as there ever has been.

Maybe they'll make a mercy rule for banks. If your share price falls below 7, or maybe 6, your execs get out of jail free. Seems to be working, no?

F the banks and the .gov. They're just on the wron gsid of th elaw.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:09 | 1671869 chindit13
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Your Last 24 Hours Explained

The Greek ship of state once again threatened to slip beneath the waves. Just when it looked as if Poseidon would finally call his children home, China took a back door (Greek Style) approach to the EU Pap smear and hinted that they would be buying Italian sovereign debt. Russia soon followed and supposedly Putin its own bid. Brazil fired a shot from the wings. Only India, which needed to raise rates for the twelfth time in the current cycle, and who needed to intervene in the FX market to prevent the rupee from falling to a two year low above 48 to the dollar, failed to join. Rather than announcing the Apocalypse, these three horsemen rode to stop the Apocalypse from happening. They were, however, one BRIC short of a full load.

Later in the European day, the Greek PM did a three way phone job with Angela “Medusa” Merkel and Nicolas “Siren Song” Sarkozy, with Sarkozy no doubt playing Lucky Pierre. If the legendary sovereign savior named Jeffrey had joined the call, there would have been no doubt whatsoever it was phone Sachs. Instead, we can only think the unthinkable. Tim Geithner dared to offer his advice, telling Cramer on CNBC that Europe and the world could not afford another Lehman moment, failing to note that the world could not afford the first Lehman moment.

In the end, if Europe is to be a Europe greater than what Charlemagne envisioned, which ironically was Europe minus the PIIGS and the former Eastern Bloc, Greek life will have to imitate Greek Art, or at least rhyme with it, and in a rough imitation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Greece will have to be married with the Vaterland.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:23 | 1672114 IQ 145
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Thu, 09/15/2011 - 10:04 | 1673103 falak pema
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Agreed, very entertaining and a propos. Its PIGS not PIIGS. Small correction for Charles Magnus days.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:06 | 1671871 TheArmageddonTrader
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This is obviously what SocGen CEO is doing in NYC. The danger of it is that the US counterparties cherry pick the best collateral, making the next level of squeeze that much more difficult.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:08 | 1671879 Freebird
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Also the currency swaps are a great opaque way to muddy the waters.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:15 | 1671900 anto
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A quick question for the community:

As I understand it, a huge part of the 2007-2008 US banking crisis was the CDS derivatives.  Since these instruments were unregulated and traded OTC, there was no way to tell before the crisis what CDSs were on the books of the big banks. 

Is there a similar issue re: the European banks now?  Is is possible that they have sold/bought tons of CDSs that may or may not have anything backing them?  Were these things accounted for furing the stress tests?

Furthermore, what would it take to trigger these sovereign CDSs and bank CDSs?  Is there a way for Greece to structure a default so that it doesn't trigger the CDSs?  What about if a bank defaults?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:42 | 1671939 bob_dabolina
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Institutional investors (banks/hedgefunds, etc) have speculative bets on countries in Europe defaulting (CDS)

The problem is that countries in Europe were writing checks their productivity couldn't cash. Now NO ONE wants to lend those countries money and they don't have access to the bond market (except to a certain extent the ECB to the tune of about 200 or so billion dollars thus far) as well as the shady transactions highlighted in this article. The banks now have assets that are not worth shit (much like the mortgages and CDOs of the 08 crisis) except they are soverign bonds. 

The interconnectedness of the banking system is structured in such a way where if a couple of the bigger banks are in trouble EVERYONE is in trouble as they are all counterparties to eachother. Let's break it down into a smaller example. Let's say I lend you 100k to buy something (a widget) and I borrowed the money to begin with. Now because it's a loan you have an obligation to pay me back, and I have an obligation to pay my creditor back. Now let's say you go out and buy said widget but all of a sudden that widget is now worth $10,000 and you can't come up with the 90k to pay me back. Now I am in trouble, and my creditor is in trouble as he was expecting that money back to cover other loans he has out. That's basically what we're facing but with 100s of billions if not trillions of dollars.

I don't think the crisis will have as large a shock as in 08 because it was completely unexpected and there were no mechanisms in place to handle it. All kinds of shady gidgetry like reverse repos, fx swap lines, and all other kinds of mechanisms are in place from the last crisis, so to some extent they will be able to cushion it. However, there are always unintended consequences's anybodys guess what happns

All that shit I just said is one reason the dollar is on fire right now. There is that carnal and visceral need to fill the black hole and there aren't enough dollars. I have actually suspected that the SNP downgraded the US to make Europe look more attractive because this situation the system is in is dire, but that's just a hunch.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:19 | 1672041 FreeNewEnergy
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Dude, too long. CDS going bat-shit is like a bookie that goes bust. At first, everybody wants his ass, but once everyone realizes that the Cowboys covered the line and everybody and their grandparents were on it and killed the bookie, everybody laughs it off, kicks the deadbeat bookie twice in the crotch and moves on. There's no gain on a shit bet.

I think it would be nice if every Tuesday people could go into their local mega-bank branch and withdraw as much money as they need, not what they have in their accounts, just what they figure will get them through the week. Kind of how our federal government works.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 10:26 | 1671927 slewie the pi-rat
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monetiZe assets;  don't hafta take losses! 

now, are these shadow and completely unreguated?  nah!  the FED is in charge of banking and is calling the shots, here, spreading the contagion/risk

 is this QE III,  BiCheZ?

th europeon banks will not hafta "take any losses"!  welcome to the shark-jumping olympiad! 

credit woes?  we can help ya extend and pretend! 

now, i may be wrong.  again.  but didn't the "regulation" script go something like this?

  • how tf can we can regulate these zombie mofo's?
  • i know!  let's have the FED do it!
  • ok!  that's unan-i-mouse!  next odor of business:  supercongo and campaign contribs for re-election of puppets...

"long-term repos..."...."good quality assets"...."don't hafta take the losses upfront, spread them over the life of the asset"...

it's just a warm fuzzy socialiZing these eoropean losses thru US banks...

my inner ross perot is hearing a giant sucking sound~~~US liquidity going to europe, and with the collateralized commercial debt backing the monetiZation, the irony is too much for a mere pirate, as mr perot meets clark griswold

the poor fuking shark!!!  oh!  the humanity!

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:33 | 1671951 honestann
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End the fed.

End all central banks.

End the eurozone.

End the USSA.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 00:55 | 1671996 Peter K
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Helps explain the Turbo Tax Tim emergency flight to the Euro Min Fin summit this weekend ;)

We want our money back!

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:09 | 1672021 Rinpocheinp
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"The first TSLF auction will be a loan of Treasury securities against Schedule 2 collateral rather than against the Schedule 1 collateral previously proposed. To facilitate the operational processes of the facility, the Federal Reserve has also expanded the list of eligible collateral for Schedule 2 to include agency collateralized-mortgage obligations (CMOs) and AAA/Aaa-rated commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), in addition to the previously announced AAA/Aaa-rated private-label residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) and OMO-eligible collateral."

"To facilitate the operational processes of the facility...",

: an unsufficiently facilitating facility has had its operational processes facilitated, hence it now facilitates the new purchases -- which before could not be turned into cash. A financial product has been turned into cash -- a mere configuration of promises of cash -- the enslaved mortgage victims' wages.


Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:12 | 1672027 pappyhlace
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think i'll hit the bank this weekend and take out some debt "money"

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:20 | 1672106 TheArmageddonTrader
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Well I said the US banks would be cherry picking the European banks' best assets for collateral, and here's the FT with confirmation.

Banks use gold to get dollar funds

European banks are rushing to use their gold to access much-needed dollar funding, in the latest sign of the growing liquidity crunch for the continent’s financial institutions.

Gold dealers and analysts said that there had been a strong move to lend gold in the market in exchange for dollars in the past week, accelerating in recent days.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:37 | 1672135 pcrs
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they must be pretty sure of a bailout if they are heading there, a tendency for suicide they do not have.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:40 | 1672139 Absalon
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So - published financial statements for banks on both sides of the Atlantic are meaningless.


But, we already knew that.


When are these clowns going to learn that the first step to fixing the financial crisis is to shoot the liars and publish honest financial statements so we know what we are investing in?



Thu, 09/15/2011 - 08:04 | 1672497 Youri Carma
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NWO likes this. Very good, very good …. gna, gna, gna.


Same as it ever was!

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 09:27 | 1672887 baseball13
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My 2 cents worth:

   - bread & circuses

   - financial armegeddon

   - big government takeover (martial law)

   - Revolution!

> see you on the other side...

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