For Spain, The Beginning Of The End Arrives As Bank Of Spain Starts Using ELA

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As we described in detail yesterday, things are going from worse to worserer as the problems in Spain - more specifically in its banking sector - are deepening as deposit flight accelerates. As the WSJ notes PIMCOs' comment: "A bank 'jog' is happening in Spain - the private sector is leaving the banking system." But the Bank of Spain isn't leaving anything to chance. The WSJ disconcertingly highlights that last month the central bank appears for the first time to have activated an emergency lending program that will enable its banks to borrow from the Bank of Spain directly, bypassing the ECB's relatively tough collateral demands.

The so-called Emergency Liquidity Assistance program is shrouded in secrecy, and the Bank of Spain won't confirm that it has been used. The Bank of Spain appears to have doled out about EUR400mm under the program, based on publicly available data. That would make Spain at least the fourth euro-zone country - following Greece, Ireland and Portugal - to use the ELA, which generally is reserved for situations when banks have exhausted all other financing options.

As we pointed out yesterday, this would appear to confirm a "full-blown bailout" is imminent, as the collateral problems mount.


and The Bank of Spain was quick to respond to this reality (with a denial):

Bank of Spain comments in e-mailed statement on WSJ report that central bank provided ELA to lenders:


Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of Spain says “liquidity provision to banks other than ordinary monetary policy operations represents an insignificant fraction of total lending by the Bank of Spain to financial system.”


Measures adopted to lift restrictions on interest rates on deposits is not aimed at helping banks attract deposits, central bank says

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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:37 | 2763962 GetZeeGold
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Can't we just fix Spain? I'm sick of hearing about Spain every freakin day!!!


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:42 | 2763990 Jason T
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but not as sick as hearing about isreal wanting to bomb iran everyday .. can't go a day without headlines about that ...  

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:51 | 2764005 GetZeeGold
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Do you see anyone bombing Iran?


New idea.....let's just focus on one problem at a time.


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:07 | 2764074 Dr. Richard Head
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It's hard to work on one problem at a time while the problems are coming at us like a raunchy Japenese bukake porn.  Speaking of Japan.....

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:53 | 2764042 Peter Pan
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Prrsonally, i have given up reading these materials on Spain, Greece etc with any sort of enthusiasm. The writing is on the wall as much today as it was last week, last month and last year. It makes no difference when the train is going to come roaring through as long as you are not on the tracks.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:43 | 2764003 EscapeKey
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If you mean 'fix' as in 'neuter', then yes, we could. But it might lead to a 2nd rise of Hitler. Or Franco. Or someone equally disturbed.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:02 | 2764066 Sudden Debt
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Hitler and Franco, evil as they where, where brilliant and charismatic people.

I just don't see politicians like that between the current ranks.

Greedy, self profiting, clueless and without any real conviction discribes them best.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:36 | 2764176 ElvisDog
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I agree. If there is a Hitler out there, we haven't seen or heard from him yet. The current crop of Euro leaders are the most incompetent, pampered, flabby bunch of self-serving bureaucrats I can imagine. One thing that made Hitler so effective was that he came from the streets and had a natural feel for the behavior of crowds. Draghu, Merkel, Hollande, and the rest don't mingle with the unwashed masses. They meet at places like Davos in facny hotels behind multiple lines of security teams.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:18 | 2764515 DosZap
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. If there is a Hitler out there, we haven't seen or heard from him yet.


Evidently you haven't been watching the one we have closing the doors on us.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:00 | 2764672 ElvisDog
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Don't be so cryptic, who are you referring to?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:40 | 2764191 intric8
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Yeah, if Hitler just listened to his generals - europe would be a drastically different place

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:45 | 2764008 falak pema
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only the bulls of Pamplona are juiced up in Spain; the rain has not fallen on the plains since ages.

The bankstas are suffering from extreme drought and their only issue  is singing "run, run, may the devil take the hindmost!'

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:50 | 2764033 jekyll island
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Spain is the new Greece.  Only 15 more to go.  

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:54 | 2764045 GetZeeGold
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Only 15 more to go


The departures have once more been appears no one counted on rain.


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 10:28 | 2764327 midtowng
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Spain capital flight now worse than Indonesia's in 1997.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:37 | 2763968 LawsofPhysics
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Banks are insolvent, again.  What will the kleptocrats do?  print more money for their buddies and send the taxpayer the bill?

place your bets.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:42 | 2763993 EscapeKey
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remember, money printing does NOT cause inflation (and other fairytales for kids by... forbes)

nice how all assumptions work in one direction.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:53 | 2764041 LawsofPhysics
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John Harvey is an idiot.  Two words for that guy "margin call".   Printing paper and stacking up paper promises on your fucking desk might not be inflationary initially, but in order to do that printing you had to make implicit promises that that paper will still be able to deliver the same value in the future - FAIL.   

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:38 | 2763972 Ar-Pharazôn
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print print print


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:38 | 2763973 spanish inquisition
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things are going from worse to worserer

And its deteriorating FAST. Totally skipped over worser....

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 10:17 | 2764297 phalfa5
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hurry ...   it could get more worser  , or even worser than that, most worsest !

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:39 | 2763979 buzzsaw99
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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:41 | 2763987 fonzannoon
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Great news! (from bloomberg)

James Ensley of Rocky Face, Georgia, took a $10,000-a-year job last month as a school-bus driver after almost two years of unemployment benefits ran out. While that’s a third of his prior pay as a warehouse manager, the father of two says he’s content.

“It feels great to go to work instead of having somebody tell you ‘I can’t help you,’” said Ensley, 51, whose former employer went bankrupt in the wake of the U.S. housing slump. “I miss my old job, but it is not coming back so I have to get over it.”

full stupid link:

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:45 | 2764011 EscapeKey
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Who the hell can live on $10k/yr?

Oh I forgot, they'll just fix some CPI weightings, and suddenly you'll live the life of Riley.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:56 | 2764055 LawsofPhysics
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and the rest of the taxpayers will pick up the tab for the his healthcare coverage, that of his family, his kids schooling (he won't pay any income tax as 10K is below the poverty line fo a single persons, let alone a family of four), plus he will also recieve a SNAP card to feed his family (family of four at 10k per year, damn straight he will have a SNAP card) - "Winning"

Totally fucking stupid, wages fucking matter!!!!

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:42 | 2763989 falak pema
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ELA = back door butt bashing of government ledger by the privista oligarchs who run with their funny money pumped into the banks, by the EFSF/ECB combinat.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:42 | 2763991 giggler123
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So is now a good time to sell my spanish property?  lol

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:46 | 2764016 GetZeeGold
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Good as time as any I suppose.


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:07 | 2764073 Sudden Debt
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2 euros... and 60 cents...


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:43 | 2763994 Schmuck Raker
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I need some "Emergency Liquidity Assistance" too... I need some butter for this popcorn.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:53 | 2764002 Zero Govt
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"...things are going from worse to worserer..."

Believers of the democratic (cough) system have 2,500 years of results to suck on, this sugar coated turd has no other flavours.

Spit or swallow Statists? 

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:45 | 2764010 GolfHatesMe
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Donde Esta el Ducko Tapeo?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:46 | 2764012 eeaton
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Why won't EWP go down? I'm short waiting for Spain to crumble.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:46 | 2764015 juicyfruit
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when are the Spanish riot cams coming online?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:47 | 2764021 magpie
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Ela Ole

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:47 | 2764023 intric8
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Where has fiscal prudence gone in this world? They'll find ways to bypass everything. Rule of law is meaningless.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:21 | 2764126 kridkrid
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There is no reason to talk of fiscal prudence or the rule of law when the system that we have selected to facilitate our economic growth is behaving exactly as it was designed to behave. You can't get angry at the dog for eating out of the trash, it is the nature of the dog. Fiat money and fractional reserve banking... Where virtually all "money" is loaned into existence with interest attached. What the world faces now has been baked in all along.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:48 | 2764025 ClassicCommodity
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Spanish women are becoming an ever increasingly cheap commodity. What do they call that index? The one for whores

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:59 | 2764052 Zero Govt
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Better we focus on the index of the political and banking classes who brought us to this point

Yet another page in the history books on the social and economic wreckage caused by this scum 

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:35 | 2764170 ClassicCommodity
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I agree to an extent. This index shows a fairly sad (yet true) correlation with economic activity however. 

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:36 | 2764177 machineh
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What do they call that index? The one for whores

In the U.S. it's called the presidential poll.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:48 | 2764028 shovelhead
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No more time for games.

Break out the Incredible Hulk towels, Mario. Call it a new 'green initiative'.

The Webslinger just ain't got enough sticky to keep the money in Spain.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:50 | 2764030 stiler
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and another one bites and another one bites and another one bites the dust

why not call it a Mediterranean Spring?

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:58 | 2764059 jbc77
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All this good news and the futures continue to push higher......will the markets ever become "unbroken" and snap back to reality. I'd really llike to capture 200-400 handles of downside on the S&P.....

Not to mention the news from FedEx last night......


Wed, 09/05/2012 - 08:59 | 2764063 AynRandFan
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The ELA is the only thing that matters, and it is not discussed publicly.  There is no limit to liquidity, and no deadlines on debt.  It won't be inflation, it will be hyperinflation.

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:01 | 2764065 Schmuck Raker
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Meanwhile in Brussels:

US embassy evacuated in Brussels and police check suspect vehicle according to US officials and police - updates to follow

Print 12:23 - Global News - Source: Newswires

Picture of the suspect vehicle here:

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:03 | 2764067 trilliontroll
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just one movie clip (dante's peak 1997)

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:18 | 2764105 ptoemmes
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Worse to worserer?? Did I miss worser?

About as confusing as keeping track of Dumb and Dumber, Dumb and Dumberer, and Dumb and Dumberer To which is rumoured to be on again then off again, but seems to be playing in the EU now as I write this.

Which brings us to Bob Saget

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:19 | 2764108 youngman
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I wonder about all the money leaving Spain....and other countries for that matter....will it EVER come back...To me its 5 years of pain as things settle out with new will take a generation..a very fast generation...

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 09:38 | 2764183 foodstampbarry
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Everything's fine.... Keep buying stock, keep shopping, keep watching the kardashians.

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