Nationalization

The Truth About Venezuela's "Economic War"

President Maduro is correct. Venezuela’s economic woes are indeed the result of economic war and mafia attacks. But Venezuela’s political elites are the mafia, and they alone have waged a decades-long economic war on Venezuela’s people.

Lagarde Urges Wealth Redistribution To Fight Populism

"I want to be loud and clear: populism scares me... policy makers need to 'man-up' and pay for the social cohesion that we need to keep our societies advancing... it probably means more redistribution than we have in place at the moment and accept that this may be a higher tax burden on people..."

Italy's Insolvent Monte Paschi To Issue €15 Billion In Debt

Italy's Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI), which is being bailed out by the state, plans to issue 15 billion euros ($15.8 billion) of debt next year to restore liquidity and boost investor confidence, several newspapers said on Friday.

Futures Unchanged In Thin Pre-Holiday Tape; Italian Bank Bailout Lifts European Shares

European stocks halted two days of declines, with the Stoxx 600 fractionally in the green and Italy’s bonds climbing after Monte Paschi requested a bailout and Italy pledged to provide support for its other ailing lenders. S&P futures were little changed among extremely thin volumes while Chinese stocks dropped amid concerns on higher borrowing costs.

It's Official: Italy Will Nationalize Monte Paschi

So far, so expected. After earlier announcing the failure to attract any anchor investors for a private capital raise, Monte Paschi has announced that it will officially ask the Italian government for a "precuationary capital increase" - in other words a bailout. The funds will come from the newly decreed EUR20 billion bailout fund, and as Bloomberg reports will not trigger a "bail-in."

Global Stocks Decline As Trading Volumes Collapse Ahead Of Monte Paschi Nationalization

European, Asian stocks and S&P futures all declined amid collapsing volumes, after the Wednesday drop in the S&P500, and after oil prices held losses amid an unexpected increase in supplies, as traders close out trades ahead of the holidays. European stocks edged lower, led by miners, and U.S. stock futures stagnated after the Dow Jones Industrial Average failed to make progress toward 20,000 Wednesday.

Chinese Multibillionaire Defaults On Retail Bonds Due To "Severe Cash Crunch"

Chinese multi-billionaire Wu Ruilin, Chairman of Cosun Group, has defaulted on bonds worth a paltry 100 million yuan ($14.4 million) that he raised from retail investors, citing tight cash flow. "Either he was building his business on high leverage, or he is determined to count on the insurer, but it is for sure he really has a severe cash crunch."

Monte Paschi "Scrambles" With Last Minute Capital Increase To Avoid Nationalization

According to a Reuters source, Monte Paschi was "scrambling on Sunday to thrash out a last-ditch plan to raise €5 billion on the market by year-end after the European Central Bank refused to give it more time to recapitalize." Rome is ready to intervene with an emergency decree to rescue the bank if needed, a government source said on Friday.

Paolo Gentiloni Picked As Italy's New Prime Minister

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella asked Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, a loyalist from Renzi's Democratic Party, to form a new government, likely bringing to a rapid close a political crisis triggered by a ‘no vote’ in a referendum on constitutional reform last weekend.

Italy Threatens ECB With Blackmail; Demands More Time For Monte Paschi Rescue

Rome is demanding the ECB give it more time to rescue the third largest Italian bank. That was to be expected, what is surprising, however, is that as the FT adds, Italy is "preparing to blame the bank for losses imposed on bondholders if Rome is forced into an urgent state bailout", a negotiating tactic some could call blackmail.