Moody’s Tardily Cuts Spain’s Rating After Greece Gets Put In The Trash Bin, All The While Ireland Plainly States That It Will Default!Submitted by Reggie Middleton on 03/10/2011 07:29 -0500
You know, timing is everything. If you hit brakes after you pass the red light... Bang! If you pucker up after you press your face against that of your sweetheart's.... You bonk her/him on the forehead. If you downgrade a nation after obvious signs of insolvency...
As the markets slowly wake up to the risks I've been outlining over the last two years, reality will reassert itself in a most assertive fashion. The (re)adherence to fundamentals will feel like the reinvention of gravity.
The gradual drain of COMEX silver inventories seen in recent months continues and COMEX silver inventories are at 4 year lows. Total dealer inventory is now 42.16 million ounces and total customer inventory is now at 60.68 million ounces, giving a combined total of 102.847 million ounces. The small size of the physical silver market is seen in the fact that at $30 per ounce, the COMEX silver inventories are only worth some $3 billion....Talk of a default on the COMEX is premature but the scale of current investment demand and industrial demand, especially from China, is such that it is important to monitor COMEX warehouse stocks. The possibility of an attempted cornering of the silver market through buying and taking delivery of physical bullion remains real and would likely lead to a massive short squeeze which could see silver surge as it did in the 1970s.
And so the latest shoe to drop in robosigning falls. Diana Olick reports that BofA has stopped its issuing notices of default in non-judicial states, such as the all critical California and Arizona, which explains the dramatic drop off in NODs in January. Previously explained by Koolaid guzzlers as an indication of economic improvement, it turns out this was merely yet more fraud being perpetrated by the big banks, which are now trying to cover up their slime trail. According to Bank of America's Dan Frahm, "We did conduct a review of the Notice of Default process. As a result we stopped the NOD process in non-judicial states." And so the double dip just got far worse.
After in the past week, the blogosphere had been hobbled by one after another mindless oped claiming that the US can easily avoid default by just paying the interest on its obligations, and thus does not have to worry about the debt ceiling, we decided to put some sense to this debate when we pointed out that the "US Debt-to-Deficit Difference Hits Fresh Record, As Treasury Continues To Issue 50% More Debt Than Needed To Fund Deficit" meaning that i) it is not a debt ceiling, it is a debt target (© Lizzie363), and ii) the hundreds of billions of monthly obligations that are funded through debt, are "legal" obligations of the US government that have to be paid in full every month or a default will occur regardless. Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, has just released a statement on the Treasury's blog saying pretty much just that. Which, however is certainly not a good thing, as it merely confirms just how totally screwed this country is, and that absent a hike in the ceiling to $15.5 trillion (which we believe is where the debt ceiling will be through March of 2012 when it will be raised to $17 trillion), the dollar will be backed by several trillion in insolvent Federal Reserve Notes, er, assets (that should quickly end all debate about EUR-USD parity). It also confirms that Bernanke has no choice but to continue monetizing debt, through QE and to do that, he needs to make it palatable to the general public, which in turn will mean either a material economic deterioration, or, as the two are apparently identical in the Chairbeast's mind, the Russell 2000.
As If On Cue After My Step By Step Illustration Of A Spanish Default, Spanish Yields Climb at Auction As Pressure ContinuesSubmitted by Reggie Middleton on 12/17/2010 11:25 -0500
The cascade of restructurings are approaching exactly as I have forecast. Not 48 hours after I warned of Spain's impending problems, ratings agency have (rather tardily) moved to downgrade them.
As If On Cue After My Step By Step Illustration Of A Spanish Default, Spanish Yields Climb at Auction As Pressure ContinuesSubmitted by Reggie Middleton on 12/16/2010 09:24 -0500
Spain takes one step closer to a bailout, then eventual restructuring (aka, default), thus far exactly as forecast by BoomBustBlog. For those not keeping track, it is currently the financing premium leader among the non-bailed out PIIGS group.
Will Spain Default? The Answer Is Not Hard To Determine If You Take An Objective Look At The Numbers And Recent History!Submitted by Reggie Middleton on 12/13/2010 14:05 -0500
Let's compare Spain to other nations that have defaulted in the recent past and see if there are any similarities. Surprise, surprise. We all know that Spain is big enough that if it goes, there goes that Euro-thingy experiment.
Watch this story. It will prove to be the story of 2011.
Some serious bedside reading here. Lots of pretty charts too, if a little too much undue optimism.Still, certainly one of the less Koolaidish reports out there.
The Anatomy of a Portugal Default: A Graphical Step by Step Guide to the Beginning of the Largest String of Sovereign Defaults in Recent HistorySubmitted by Reggie Middleton on 12/07/2010 10:05 -0500
For those who don't specialize in sovereign state financial models, I have broken down the anatomy of the inevitable Portugal default into a few simple graphs with direct comparisons to the Argentina default and restructuring. As the equity markets drink the liquidity elixirs, the debt markets are about to enter the greatest string of sovereign defaults in recent history. Many of my next few posts will provide a clear road map of the event. Move over Dancing with the Stars!
The Truth Behind Portugal’s Inevitable Default – Arithmetic Evidence Showing Exactly How and When It Should HappenSubmitted by Reggie Middleton on 12/06/2010 15:36 -0500
You don’t need a “wikileaks.org” site to reveal much of the BS that is going on in the world today. A lot of revelation can be made simply by having motivated, knowledgeable experts scour through publicly available records. I’m about to make said point by showing that the proclamations of the ECB, IMF, the Portuguese government and all of those other governments that claim that Portugal will not default on their loans is simple nonsense.
There's an enduring myth that the U.S. has never defaulted on its debt, but that's merely a function of how default is defined. When Treasury abrogated the gold clause in 1933, holders of U.S. debt suffered serious losses, and as evidenced by the dollar's decline versus gold since 1971, Treasury has been a serial defaulter ever since. Assuming a default of the haircut variety, this has been the global norm for at least two centuries, and if the U.S. were to default in this way, it's not something we should fear. Post WWII the largest economic powers were regularly in default of the haircut kind, and the global economy boomed.
The alternative title for today entry is: Ireland, please drive a stake through the heart of the vampire banks which have the world by the throat. The entire controlled demolition of the Eurozone's finances can be summed up in one phrase: privatize leverage and profits, socialize losses and risk. The basic deal is this: protect the bank's managers, shareholders and bondholders from any losses, while heaping the socialized losses and risks on the taxpayers and citizens. While there are murmurings of "forcing bondholders to share the pain," any future haircut will undoubtedly be just for show, while the Irish pension funds are gutted to bail out the banks.
Today the myth of a popular, democratic government in Ireland collapsed for good. After an impromptu poll of 500 people nationwide found that a "substantial majority" of the people, or 57%, wants the State to default on debts to bondholder, what it ended up getting was precisely the opposite. Why? "Last night that the Irish delegation
negotiating with the EU-IMF last week raised the issue of default. "The Europeans went completely mad," a senior government source said." Of course, this is a reason for the Europeans not to want an Irish default, not for the Irish. And last time we checked, the Irish government represented its people, not the interests of Brussels. As America showed all too well, we expect every banker in the world to threaten perpetual damnation for Ireland should they decide on doing what is right for its people (and so very wrong for another year of record banker bonuses). Then again, with elections in Ireland imminent, it is almost certain that there will be a massive popular overhaul of the government, and all bets at that point will be off whether the ECB can dictate terms to a brand new, and far more loyal, government. To quote to Independent: "In Dublin, there is barely concealed outrage at the interventions of Ms Merkel
and at the position adopted recently by the European Central Bank, which
precipitated the arrival of the EU-IMF team in Ireland."The ECB f**ked us," one government official in Dublin was reported
yesterday to have said." We wonder how soon before rhetoric finally shifts to action.
Next year, IMHO, we are going to see a further sharp decline in residential home prices as the tide of foreclosures begun in the past year starts to clear the courts and move to market via involuntary sales. The same thing is happening in Spain, by coincidence.