Europe is finished. The region’s entire banking system is insolvent (with few exceptions). European non-financial corporations are running massive debt to equity ratios. And even EU sovereign states require intervention from the ECB just to meet current debt issuance, to say nothing of the huge amount of sovereign debt roll over that is due over the next 14 months.
Guest Post: The Collapse Of Our Corrupt, Predatory, Pathological Financial System Is Necessary And PositiveSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/05/2011 13:01 -0400
I was recently challenged by a contributor to write something positive, and so I decided to write about the single most positive outcome of the current financial crisis in Europe: the complete collapse of the corrupt, predatory, pathological global banking sector and its dealers, the central banks. Exploring why this is so reveals the insurmountable internal conflicts in our current financial system, and also illuminates the systemic political propaganda which is deployed daily to prop up a parasitic, corrupting, pathologically destructive financial system. Our first stop is modern finance itself. Modern financial "products" and "instruments" are often highly complex and abstract, but the entire edifice can be distilled down to this: the system is based on the assumption that all risk can be hedged, and the difference between the initial position's yield/gain (i..e. placement of capital at risk for a gain) and the cost of hedging the risk of the wager to zero can be skimmed from the system risk-free. That is the entire system in a nutshell, and we can immediately see the advantages of this system over traditional Capitalism, where risk can be hedged but never to zero, and the return is correlated to the risk taken on.
The G-20 expected relaxed photo ops, handshakes, and fancy dinners, interrupted by rubber stamping the Grand Plan of bailing out Greece, bondholders, and banks. But then Papandreou fired his bazooka....
Ah the old "destroying the universe" ploy.
We just need to find a new entity to bail out the markets and paper over our problems.
Because while the prospect of democracy returning to Greece may have been killed (for now), the world is discovering that not only will nothing else be accomplished at the "No We Cannes't" meeting, but the world will now be fully focused on Italy which unlike Greece, is not quite so easily fixable. Europe's propose solution: make italy an IMF protectorate. We give this plan exactly 24 hours before massive failure, and before attention returns to the top news of the week: the EFSF is a complete dud, and Europe will never be able to fund the €1 trillion bailout fund.
- BERLUSCONI SAYS ITALY AGREES TO EU MONITORING
- BERLUSCONI SAYS IMF TO CARRY OUT `CERTIFICATION' EVERY 3 MONTHS
- BERLUSCONI SAYS ITALIAN DEBT HELD MOSTLY HELD BY ITALIANS - like Mario Draghi
- BERLUSCONI SAYS ITALY HAS NEVER HAD TROUBLE SERVICING DEBT
And in other headlines, confirming just how impossible any form of organized decision-making is in Europe, how ironic it is to think that Obama will ever say no to his banker masters, or just how happy China will be to bail Europe out after it is about to be snubbed all over again, here they are...
The G-20 is almost over and it looks likely to end with some indications that the IMF will put more money into Europe in some form and that all the leaders will pledge to continue to work together to resolve the debt crisis. Since resolve doesn't involve letting Greece default and remain in the Euro (the best solution for that country) we will have to continue to guess at what resolve means. The economic data out of Europe was weak. Europe is already in a recession. Using every ounce of political energy and available funds to prop up the price of bank shares, seems a horrible waste and is unlikely to do much for real companies and the economy. In the end it still seems like default or print are the most likely options and all these games that are being played to nudge the can a bit further are draining scarce and valuable resources from projects that might be a lot better for everyone in the medium to long term.
No IMF, EFSF Participation In European Bailout: Merkel Says G20 Fails To Reach Agreement On IMF Resources, Nobody Wants Any Piece Of EFSFSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/04/2011 08:06 -0400
Yesterday we reported that the latest deus ex machina in the endless European bailout was to proceed with IMF monetization and failing that, just a narrower US-funded bailout of Europe. That ain't happening.
- German Chancellor Merkel says the G20 failed to agree on IMF resources
- German Chancellor Merkel says will make sure that the IMF has sufficient resources, but also new instruments
And it gets worse:
- German Chancellor Merkel says hardly any countries in G20 have said they will participate in the EFSF
Which means we are back to the old and now expired fallback deus exes: China and the magical, wonderful and totally unfunded EFSF. No wonder the EURUSD is dropping on the news, as for the BTP-Bunds spread, well, following the Merkel announcement that Italy has to come under IMF monitoring, see below...
- MF Global clients face day of reckoning as margins call (Reuters)
- Key Defections Hit Berlusconi (WSJ)
- G-20 Urges EU to Quell Crisis as Greece Teeters (Bloomberg)
- Greek PM scraps referendum plan (FT)
- Debt-reduction supercommittee talks appear to be at an impasse (WaPo)
- US Influence at G20 Not Diminished, White House Says (Reuters)
- ECB’s Draghi Offers Hope He Can Do What Europe Needs (Bloomberg)
- Many States Already Worried About Running Short (Reuters)
- Bill Gates urges G20 to live up to aid promises (Reuters)
Many market participants and non gold and silver experts tend to focus on the daily fluctuations and “noise” of the market and not see the “big picture” major change in the fundamental supply and demand situation in the bullion markets – particularly due to investment and central bank demand from China, India and the rest of an increasingly wealthy Asia. The central banks of India and China are rightly believed to be again quietly accumulating gold and the IMF figures do not include this potentially very important and significant source of demand. China’s gold reserves are very small when compared to those of the U.S. and indebted European nations. They are miniscule when compared with China’s massive foreign exchange reserves of over $3 trillion. The People’s Bank of China is almost certainly continuing to quietly accumulate gold bullion reserves. As was the case previously, they will not announce their gold bullion purchases to the market in order to ensure they accumulate sizeable reserves at more competitive prices. They also do not wish to create a run on the dollar – thereby devaluing their sizeable reserves. The deepening Eurozone debt crisis and real possibility means that central bank demand will remain robust and may even increase in the coming months.
You know the old drill – China and Asia produce, the US consumes. They cycle their greenbacks back over this way, finance our debt, we buy more of their stuff, and the beat goes on. This model officially stopped with the launch of QE2, Hendry says, as the US officially started rejecting the globalization that had made the global economy hum (perhaps largely at the expense of US employment and manufacturing). With QE2, dollars were printed and exported – along with inflation – to Asia. This led to the countries in Asia – and Europe, too – raising rates to combat inflation. The result, he says, is that global economic growth has essentially ground to a halt. So what’s next? A crash, of course. All this and much more, but probably most notably, we learn that Hendry's has made bets that he says will deliver a 40-to-1 return if the ECB cuts rates below 1% next year. More inside.
- There were conflicting reports that Greek PM Papandreou has resigned. It was also reported that the EU referendum is off the table
- Also, according to party sources, Greek socialist MPs are forging proposal for coalition government headed by former ECB vice-president Papademos
- EU Commission said that the only option is for Greece to stay in the Euro as treaties don’t foresee an exit from the Eurozone. It also said that the Greek tranche payment is conditional on austerity implementation
- Market talk that Qatar is willing to invest into the EFSF, however earlier the Chinese President said that the Eurozone problem should mainly be solved by Europe
- According to a senior G20 official, the G20 is assessing the cost of a Greek default
Today marks the beginning of a new era for the ECB, with Mario Draghi taking over the helm from Jean-Claude Trichet as the President of the central bank. Unfortunately for Draghi, the changeover is to take place at a very critical juncture and at a time when market participants are demanding that the central bank takes more pro-active measures to stimulate the stagnating economy which stands on the brink of a double dip recession. However, such action may prove difficult for Draghi to push through the governing council since doing so only few months after Trichet announced that the central bank is to resume covered bond buying and 12-month LTROs risks undermining the central banks’ credibility. Another reason why a rate cut may prove futile is that the meeting coincides with the G-20 summit where leaders of the Eurozone are expected to endorse use of the leveraged EFSF fund as an investment opportunity for countries with a large budget surplus such as China and other BRICS. In turn this indicates that comments stemming from the summit may have a more profound impact on investors’ appetite for the EU related financial instruments and therefore determine whether the EUR/USD pair consolidates above the 1.4000 level.