Domino #2, Ireland, Set To Topple?

The Irish-Bund spread is going nuts on reports that the ECB is bidding up sovereign debt once again, together with a WSJ report that the Stress Test was, as everyone with half a brain knew all too well, a blatant lie, and sovereign debt was misrepresented. Earlier, a report in the FT Deutschland suggested that the bailout of Anglo Irish alone, (not to mention AIB and Irish Nationwide) would be sufficient to threaten the country's solvency. Things domestically are no better, after a poll in the Sunday Independent found that 74% of respondents believed the country would default, and preceded earlier news that Irish consumer confidence plunged from 66.2 to 61.4. The IMF's recent expansion and creation of credit facilities is now roundly seen as having focused on Ireland, but many now believe that it may be too late and a Greek-type rescue is in the works as the second domino is about to topple. Hopefully the Irish will figure out the Ambrose Evans-Pritchard was right all along, and that the time to riot is now if they hope to get the same preferential treatment by the ECB/EU/IMF as was afforded to Greece... Because we all know what the endgame is now.

Ireland Seeks To Extend European Commission Bank Guarantees As Top Banks See €25 Billion In Maturities This Month

Even as the melt up continues with the US economy double dipping, things in Europe are just getting plain worse by the day. First it was the disappointing series of PMI data out of the old continents, with a focus on the periphery, where pretty much every number missed expectations. Now Reuters is reporting that due to refinancing requirements to the tune of €25 billion by its two most insolvent banks Anglo Irish and Allied Irish, the banks, and the government of Ireland itself, has quietly request an extension of the European Commission bank guarantee program which bailed out the country back in 2008, and which is needed to bail it out all over again. "Ireland's guarantee, which is set to run out at the end of the year, saved its financial system from collapse when it was first issued in September 2008 and has continued to be a lifeline for lenders since the Greek crisis shut off their supply of term funding. Both Anglo Irish and Allied Irish Banks, the country's second-largest lender, have called for the guarantee to be extended and the government said it was in discussions with Brussels about its future." In other words, nothing continues to work in the European banking world, except that which is explicitly backed by the ECB, which in turn is implicitly backstopped by the Fed. If there was a reason for the melt up to surge another 3-4%, this is it.

Europe Prepares for Bloodbath Open After Ireland Lowered By S&P To AA- From AA, Outlook Negative

On Aug. 24, 2010, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the Republic of Ireland to 'AA-' from 'AA'. At the same time, the 'A-1+' short-term rating on the Republic was affirmed. The downgrade reflects our opinion that the rising budgetary cost of supporting the Irish financial sector will further weaken the government's fiscal flexibility over the medium term. In light of the recent announcement of new capital injections into Anglo Irish Bank Corp. Ltd. (BBB/Watch Neg/A-2), our updated projections suggest that Ireland's net general government debt will rise toward 113% of GDP in 2012. This is more than 1.5x the median for the average of eurozone sovereigns, and well above the debt burdens we project for similarly rated eurozone sovereigns such as Belgium (98%; Kingdom of; AA+/Stable/A-1+) and Spain (65%; Kingdom of; AA/Negative/A-1+).

Breaking: Bank Protesters Storm Irish Parliament - Yesterday Greece, Today Ireland, Tomorrow ?

Banks protesters storm Irish parliament

Protesters have stormed parliament during a march against government plans to inject billions of euros into the country's banks.

Dozens of people broke away from the march and ran at the gates of the parliament's main building, Leinster House.

They wrestled with police, who tried to force them back and secure the gate.

At least one man suffered a head injury during the scuffles with organisers appealing for calm.

Reggie Middleton's picture

This is a very meaty piece, written for those who are serious about the true state of affairs in sovereign Europe as NOT reported in the mainstream media. Though not necessarily for freshmen, it is more than worthwhile for those who want to know what is not being said.

Economic contagion begets financial contagion, which will spread across much (if not most) of Europe, causing further economic contagion. This is what is written on the tea leaves in Ireland.

Ireland Stunned To Uncover "Truly Shocking" Information By Its Banks, Institutes Austerity

Below is the Central Bank Of Ireland's take on dealing with what it has just uncovered to be a busted banking system and imminent austerity measures. The PIIGS have just been rebranded to PIIIGS. Don't take our word for it: here is what the Irish Finance Minister just said:


As disclosed, Ireland has instituted a "Bad Bank" concept to acquire 1,200 loans, or €81 billion worth, at a 47% discount. Sounds about right. Of course, the US financial system still carries most of its loans at about par: you see we have a printer and they don't, so we can do whatever we want.

A Greek, An Austrian And An Irishman Enter A Bailout Bar... Ireland Joins The 2nd Round European Collapse Brigade

Just in case you needed some more validation for a "strong" Euro thesis, the latest bit of news out of Europe shows that all those problems that were initially swept under the rug, just like in a crappy Japanese horror movie, find a way to reach out and haunt Central Bankers worldwide. First the Baltics, then Greece, then Austria, and now, once again, Ireland. 50% state ownership of Ireland's two leading banks is now on deck. To keep this as surreal as possible, may we suggest that Fred "Iceman" Mishkin quit his job in Columbia where all he does is spread completely factual and thoroughly undiscredited economic non-bullshit and run for [president/despot/tyrant/monarch/steam spewing geyser] of Iceland.