Italy on the right track, IMF says: Wall Street Journal

  • Italy's economy continues to be based off of external demand, and that is important to maintain fiscal discipline (We may never hear Italy and fiscal discipline in the same sentence again)
  • IMF predicts that Italian unemployment rates will continue to rise, and that native banks will continue to see credit risk rise as loans are appearing to be less profitable.
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As for listening to theIMF in regards to Italy's prospects throught this crisis, let's look at how accurate they have been since the crisis began, courtesy of "Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!": For paid viewers and subscribers, reference our Italian Macro and Public Finance Research, which throws a much more realistic and unbiased light on things. 

Subscribers should also review as the truth about Greece rolls through the banking system: File Icon Italian Banking Macro-Fundamental Discussion Note

The Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis, to date (free to all)

  1. The Coming Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis - introduces the crisis and identified it as a pan-European problem, not a localized one.
  2. What Country is Next in the Coming Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis? - illustrates the potential for the domino effect
  3. The Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis: If I Were to Short Any Country, What Country Would That Be.. - attempts to illustrate the highly interdependent weaknesses in Europe's sovereign nations can effect even the perceived "stronger" nations.
  4. The Coming Pan-European Soverign Debt Crisis, Pt 4: The Spread to Western European Countries
  5. The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious!
  6. The Beginning of the Endgame is Coming???
  7. I Think It's Confirmed, Greece Will Be the First Domino to Fall 
  8. Smoking Swap Guns Are Beginning to Litter EuroLand, Sovereign Debt Buyer Beware!
  9. Financial Contagion vs. Economic Contagion: Does the Market Underestimate the Effects of the Latter?
  10. "Greek Crisis Is Over, Region Safe", Prodi Says - I say Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! 
  11. Germany Finally Comes Out and Says, "We're Not Touching Greece" - Well, Sort of...
  12. The Greece and the Greek Banks Get the Word "First" Etched on the Side of Their Domino
  13. As I Warned Earlier, Latvian Government Collapses Exacerbating Financial Crisis
  14. Once You Catch a Few EU Countries "Stretching the Truth", Why Should You Trust the Rest?
  15. Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!
  16. Ovebanked, Underfunded, and Overly Optimistic: The New Face of Sovereign Europe
  17. Moody's Follows Suit Behind Our Analysis and Downgrades 4 Greek Banks
  18. The EU Has Rescued Greece From the Bond Vigilantes,,, April Fools!!!
  19. How BoomBustBlog Research Intersects with That of the IMF: Greece in the Spotlight
  20. Grecian News and its Relevance to My Analysis
  21. A Summary and Related Thoughts on the IMF's "Strategies for Fiscal Consolidation in the Post-Crisis
  22. Greek Soap Opera Update: Back to the Bailout That Was Never Needed?

 Italy on the right track, IMF says: Wall Street Journal

  • Italy's economy continues to be based off of external demand, and that is important to maintain fiscal discipline (We may never hear Italy and fiscal discipline in the same sentence again)
  • IMF predicts that Italian unemployment rates will continue to rise, and that native banks will continue to see credit risk rise as loans are appearing to be less profitable.
italian_real_gdp.png
optmisitic_italy.jpg
As for listening to theIMF in regards to Italy's prospects throught this crisis, let's look at how accurate they have been since the crisis began, courtesy of "Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!": For paid viewers and subscribers, reference our Italian Macro and Public Finance Research, which throws a much more realistic and unbiased light on things. 

Subscribers should also review as the truth about Greece rolls through the banking system: File Icon Italian Banking Macro-Fundamental Discussion Note

The Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis, to date (free to all)

  1. The Coming Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis - introduces the crisis and identified it as a pan-European problem, not a localized one.
  2. What Country is Next in the Coming Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis? - illustrates the potential for the domino effect
  3. The Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis: If I Were to Short Any Country, What Country Would That Be.. - attempts to illustrate the highly interdependent weaknesses in Europe's sovereign nations can effect even the perceived "stronger" nations.
  4. The Coming Pan-European Soverign Debt Crisis, Pt 4: The Spread to Western European Countries
  5. The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious!
  6. The Beginning of the Endgame is Coming???
  7. I Think It's Confirmed, Greece Will Be the First Domino to Fall 
  8. Smoking Swap Guns Are Beginning to Litter EuroLand, Sovereign Debt Buyer Beware!
  9. Financial Contagion vs. Economic Contagion: Does the Market Underestimate the Effects of the Latter?
  10. "Greek Crisis Is Over, Region Safe", Prodi Says - I say Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! 
  11. Germany Finally Comes Out and Says, "We're Not Touching Greece" - Well, Sort of...
  12. The Greece and the Greek Banks Get the Word "First" Etched on the Side of Their Domino
  13. As I Warned Earlier, Latvian Government Collapses Exacerbating Financial Crisis
  14. Once You Catch a Few EU Countries "Stretching the Truth", Why Should You Trust the Rest?
  15. Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!
  16. Ovebanked, Underfunded, and Overly Optimistic: The New Face of Sovereign Europe
  17. Moody's Follows Suit Behind Our Analysis and Downgrades 4 Greek Banks
  18. The EU Has Rescued Greece From the Bond Vigilantes,,, April Fools!!!
  19. How BoomBustBlog Research Intersects with That of the IMF: Greece in the Spotlight
  20. Grecian News and its Relevance to My Analysis
  21. A Summary and Related Thoughts on the IMF's "Strategies for Fiscal Consolidation in the Post-Crisis
  22. Greek Soap Opera Update: Back to the Bailout That Was Never Needed?

Of course, what would a weekend be without another installment in the Grecian soap opera: Greece Bailed Out.....Again: Bloomberg

  • European governments have offered up a $61 billion Greek rescue package, meanwhile (and of course), Greece has not asked for any sort of package, insisting it can pay its debts
  • Greece plans to offer €1.2 billion in 6 month and 1 year notes tomorrow (April 12th)
  • So, the EMU pledges aid that Greece does not want to accept right before a bond auction that would have otherwise failed, and Germany after months of demanding Greece be punished for its profligacy, has backed off and agreed to an emergency plan that offers aid at a significant DISCOUNT to the market rate. How does this pass the mainstream smell tests?
  • Here are some choice quotes from the story:
    • "The package “sends a clear message that nobody can play with our common currency and our common fate,” Greek Prime MinisterGeorge Papandreou told reporters in Larnaca, Cyprus." Actually, the package sends a clear message that moral hazard abounds over there in Euroland and their will be no market discipline for financial profligacy.
    • Germany “has lost the competition,” said Carsten Brzeski, an economist at ING Group in Brussels who used to work at the European Commission. “All that fuss and talk about not putting taxpayer money at risk has been made obsolete.”

      ... the European loans would be tied to Euribor and priced above rates charged by the IMF, a nod to German opposition to subsidizing a country that lived beyond its means. The EU will offer a mix of fixed- rate and floating rate loans. Tis not much of a nod since it substantially undercuts the market rates. Yes, its more than the IMF rates, but the IMF rates were closer to zero, not withstanding the fact that the IMF would cause them to contort the spending.

    • Greece last week raised its estimate of the 2009 deficit from 12.7 percent of gross domestic product to 12.9 percent, the highest in the euro’s history and more than four times the EU’s 3 percent limit.
    • While rules dictated by Germany in the 1990s foresee fines for countries that go over the limit, no penalty has ever been imposed. Germany also led the charge to loosen the rules in 2005 after three years of excessive deficits. Basically, the rules are a joke and there is no wonder why not even a single country in the EU has respected them.

      While all euro-region governments vowed to contribute, some would need parliamentary approval. Ireland, itself reeling from the financial crisis, would require “national legislation,” Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said in an e-mailed statement.Ireland is quite the interesting case in and of itself. Subscribers who have not done so are strongly recommended to carefully review the Ireland public finance review thatI will be posting later on. It's a doozy! It will be very interesting to see how a country such as Ireland who actually needs a bailout, will be bailing out another country that needs a bailout. For a sneek preview, see Ovebanked, Underfunded, and Overly Optimistic: The New Face of Sovereign Europe and Reggie Middleton on the Irish Macro Outlook.


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    Notice how Ireland is the nation with the second highest NPA to GDP ratio.

     

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    Overall, in terms of total financing needed for 2010 (which includes 2010 bond maturities, short-term roll over debt and fiscal deficit), France and Germany top the list with € 377.5 billion and €341.6 billion, respectively while the total finance needed as percentage of GDP is expected to be highest for Belgium and Ireland at 26.3% and 22.4%, respectively.

    Now, to focus on the contagion effect of Ireland, specifically, let's borrow from our yet to be released foreign claims model in order to see who may be effected from the rush to pull capital out of extant positions to fill the leveraged NPA holes left by the banks...

     

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    Ireland has the largest claims against the UK as a percentage of the its respective GDP, the largest in the world. In the rush to raise cash to sell assets, expect some fire sales in the UK. For those who may be wondering how this may affect the UK, see our premium subscription report on the UK's public finances and prospects (recently updated to include the last round of government projections): UK Public Finances March 2010 UK Public Finances March 2010 2010-03-29 06:20:38615.90 Kb

     

     

     

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    Ireland can also be expected to pull assets our of the ailing PIIGS group as well, since they are, bar none, the biggest lender to that group as a percentage of GDP. No wonder their banks are having problems.

    ireland_claims_against_cee.pngIreland also has the second highest claims (as percent of GDP) against the central and eastern European nations, who happen to be in a full blown depression. The withdrawal of assets, banking support and credit will exacerbate both Ireland's problems and that of these nations. See The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious! to find that Ireland can exacerbate the problems of Austrian, Swedish and Belgian banks by pulling capital out of the CEE region, and yes, they are truly in a depression:

    • The Greek government has yet to request a European lifeline, confident that this year’s planned budget cut of 4 percentage points will stem speculation that it is heading for the euro region’s first-ever default. Fitch Ratings highlighted that risk by shaving Greece’s debt rating to BBB-, one level above junk, on April 9.

    • A combination of higher taxes, lower spending and salary cuts for public workers have prompted strikes and protests against Papandreou, a socialist elected in October on promises of raising wages.

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      • The EU showed no sign of demanding further Greek austerity measures. Rehn hailed the Greek government for implementing “a very bold and ambitious program.”This is interesting since our analysis shows that the plan as Greece has announced it, just won't be able to cut the butter. Either the guys at the EU didn't read the plan, their spreadsheets need to be recalibrated, or they aren't being totally upfront. Then again, maybe I can be totally wrong and all of the EU/IMF/Greek government super rosy estimates illustrated below will turn out to be different this time around????
      Greece needs to raise 11.6 billion euros by the end of May to cover maturing bonds, and another 20 billion euros by the end of the year to pay debt coupons and finance this year’s deficit. The debt agency plans to offer 1.2 billion euros of six- month and one-year notes tomorrow, in a test of investor confidence. So far, all of the recently issued bonds are totally undewater. Is this really a worthwhile investment?

      Greece is likely to need money by the end of April, said Erik Nielsen, London-based chief European economist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Noting that the budget cuts threaten to cripple the economy, he said in a research note that “this thing is unlikely to go to bed anytime soon." "Cripple" the economy is right. They will throw themselves into a deeper depression, and it is doubtful that the cuts go anywhere near far enough, thus they will either have to cut deeper or face the fact that they will still be running an inappropriate deficit anyway.

    • These are the email addresses of the reporters that worked on this story (James G. Neuger in Brussels atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Jonathan Stearns in Brussels atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). I challenge anyone (including them or their sources) to demonstrate how Greece will be able to pull out of this, even with the EU subsidy that was just announced. This are just too bad. Subscribers can reference Greece Public Finances Projections Greece Public Finances Projections 2010-03-15 11:33:27 694.35 Kb. while those that don't subscribe can simply review the anecdotal evidence I have gathered, see Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!

    Let's take a visual perusal of what I am talking about, focusing on those sovereign nations that I have covered thus far.

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    Notice how dramatically off the market the IMF has been, skewered HEAVILY to the optimistic side. Now, notice how aggressively the IMF has downwardly revsied their forecasts to still end up widlly optimistic. image018.png

    Ever since the beginning of this crisis, IMF estimates of government balance have been just as bad...

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    The EU/EC has proven to be no better, and if anything is arguably worse!

     

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    Revisions-R-US!

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    and the EU on goverment balance??? Way, way, way off.

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    If the IMF was wrong, what in the world does that make the EC/EU?

    The EC forecasts have been just as bad, if not much, much worse in nearly all of the forecasting scenarios we presented. Hey, if you think tha's bad, try taking a look at what the govenment of Greece has done with these fairy tale forecasts, as excerpted from the blog post "Greek Crisis Is Over, Region Safe", Prodi Says - I say Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!...

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    Think about it! With a .5% revisions, the EC was still 3 full points to the optimistic side on GDP, that puts the possibility of Greek  government forecasts, which are much more optimistic than both the EU and the slightly more stringent but still mostly erroneous IMF numbers, being anywhere near realistic somewhere between zero and no way in hell (tartarus, hades, purgatory...).

    Now, if the Greek government's macroeconomic assumptions are overstated when compared with EU estimates, and the EU estimates are overstated when compared to the IMF estimates, and the IMF estimates are overstated when compared to reality.... Just who the hell can you trust these days??? Never fear, Reggie's here. Download our "unbiased, non-captured, empirically driven" forecast of the REAL Greek economy - (subscribers only, click here to subscribeGreece Public Finances Projections Greece Public Finances Projections 2010-03-15 11:33:27 694.35 Kb. Related banking research can be downloaded here:

    It really is a shame when you have to pay for the truth, isn't it? If you think you've witnessed an example of social unrest in Greece, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. Wait until the reality of these faked numbers start hitting home...
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    The Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis, to date (free to all):

    1.     The Coming Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis - introduces the crisis and identified it as a pan-European problem, not a localized one.

    2.     What Country is Next in the Coming Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis? - illustrates the potential for the domino effect

    3.     The Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis: If I Were to Short Any Country, What Country Would That Be.. - attempts to illustrate the highly interdependent weaknesses in Europe's sovereign nations can effect even the perceived "stronger" nations.

    4.     The Coming Pan-European Soverign Debt Crisis, Pt 4: The Spread to Western European Countries

    5.     The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious!

    6.     The Beginning of the Endgame is Coming???

    7.     I Think It's Confirmed, Greece Will Be the First Domino to Fall

    8.     Smoking Swap Guns Are Beginning to Litter EuroLand, Sovereign Debt Buyer Beware!

    9.     Financial Contagion vs. Economic Contagion: Does the Market Underestimate the Effects of the Latter?

    10.   "Greek Crisis Is Over, Region Safe", Prodi Says - I say Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

    11.   Germany Finally Comes Out and Says, "We're Not Touching Greece" - Well, Sort of...

    12.   The Greece and the Greek Banks Get the Word "First" Etched on the Side of Their Domino

    13.   As I Warned Earlier, Latvian Government Collapses Exacerbating Financial Crisis

    14.   Once You Catch a Few EU Countries "Stretching the Truth", Why Should You Trust the Rest?

    15.   Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!

    16.   Ovebanked, Underfunded, and Overly Optimistic: The New Face of Sovereign Europe

    17.   Moody's Follows Suit Behind Our Analysis and Downgrades 4 Greek Banks

     

     

    The EU Has Rescued Greece From the Bond Vigilantes,,, April Fools!!!

    How BoomBustBlog Research Intersects with That of the IMF: Greece in the Spotlight

    Grecian News and its Relevance to My Analysis

    A Summary and Related Thoughts on the IMF's "Strategies for Fiscal Consolidation in the Post-Crisis

     

     

     

    Greece has been in the news a lot over the last 24 hours. Let's recap:

     Bloomberg: Greece May Find Lukewarm U.S. Reception for Its Bonds

    April 7 (Bloomberg) -- Greece may discover it’s no cheaper to sell bonds in the U.S. than in Europe as the government seeks to persuade investors it can plug the region’s biggest budget deficit.

    Investors may demand a yield of as much as 7.25 percent to buy Greek 10-year dollar bonds, 410 basis points more than benchmark German bunds and 330 basis points more than Treasuries, according to Paris-based Axa Investment Managers, which oversees about $669 billion. TCW Group Inc., which manages $115 billion in assets from Los Angeles, says Greece may have to offer a premium of as much as 400 basis points over Treasuries.

    Petros Christodoulou, director general of Greece’s Public Debt Management Agency, said March 31 the country planned a “roadshow” in the U.S. and maybe Asia to drum up investor demand for a sale of dollar-denominated bonds. The country may offer as much as $10 billion of the securities, the Wall Street Journal reported the same day. Greece is struggling to tackle a budget deficit that is equivalent to 12.7 percent of gross domestic product, more than four times the European Union’s 3 percent limit.

    Anybody present at these road shows should print out a copy of the post Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse! and"Greek Crisis Is Over, Region Safe", Prodi Says - I say Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!. Be sure to have the salespersons answer the hard questions posed in those pieces. Subscribers can feel free to whip out the subscription material and ask for explanations and clarifications - File Icon Greece Public Finances Projections. I am anxious to hear what would be said in response. At this point, I see a Greek effective default as a foregone conclusion.

    More on this topic: Euro, Greek Bonds Drop on Rescue Concern; Most U.S. Stocks Gain

    From CNBC: Greek Banks Hit by Money Moved Offshore: Report

    Greek banks are being hit by a wave of redemptions as rich citizens and companies look to move their money to big global banks or offshore as the country's debt crisis rages, the Telegraph newspaper reported on its website.

    The report appeared to contradict recent data from the European Central Bank and comments to Reuters by analysts and Greek banking sources, who said there was no clear evidence of a major, extended deposit outflow from Greek banks.

    The UK newspaper said late on Monday that big depositors have been clamoring to move their cash to international financial firms such as HSBC or France's Societe Generale, which operate large branches in the country.

    They are among those to have received several billion euros of new money, it said without specifying sources.

    ... More than 3 billion euros ($4.05 billion) of deposits held by Greek households and companies left the country in February, while in January about 5 billion euros of deposits were moved out, the Telegraph quoted figures from Bank of Greece as showing.

    Switzerland, the UK and Cyprus have been the largest recipients of the money, with the wealthiest Greeks looking to move their deposits to Swiss banks accounts to escape the more punitive tax measures many fear will be introduced in the wake of the country's economic crisis, the newspaper said.

    Subscribers should reference:

    From the Greek banking site, bankingnews.gr: [coarsely translated] Greek long bond investors - At 450 bps premium still will not lend to Greece - In 382 m.v.to spread  

     

    The alarm sounding clearly leading market players and officials of foreign banks saying that realizations from real money accounts ie real long-term investors that occurred yesterday is a clear warning that unless a reduction in the spread immediately and climb to 450 bp everyone unload bonds and then completely lost control. 
    Today logically must react and reduce the spread sparingly and if that does not happen then just completely lost control and even very briefly highlighted the www.bankingnews.gr the morning and indeed no reaction as the spread falls to 382 bps with selective purchases from JP Morgan.
    According to sources confirmed when the spread was at 300 basis points and estimated that it will move to the 400 bp 2 weeks earlier, indicating that 
    1) Apart from the special short yesterday sold many long-term investors. The short want to test whether an instrument of support from the EU and the IMF reach the boundaries of Greece, although they risk but the returns they achieve are less striking because of the huge amount of holding spreads. 
    But at least inspire concern that sell and long-term investors. 
    hit stop losses and mandatory sold their investment positions. 
    The crucial point is the 450 basis points if the spread up to where it will just completely lost control at bends. 
    The 450 bp activate all mechanisms for the realization of direct positions in Greek bonds. 
    2) The 450 bp are but a milestone in the bond market as more than just levels the state will not be able to borrow. 
    According to well informed sources have already reported cases of investors who have indicated that over 450 bp longer be interested in bonds bearing in mind that the 10-year yields for example have reached or will tend to reach 8%. 
    3) Today also when the spread slipped to 405 basis points late was the statement of Finance Minister, Mr Papaconstantinou that Greece has not requested any change in support mechanism from the EU and the IMF . 
    Some sources say that the statement was made at the last minute and while the market was closed to prevent far worse. 
    Please note that the mix of change in terms of device support, new scenarios and bankruptcy sales were short and long resulted in the spread be found by 405 basis points is to rise 65 basis points is a historical record.
     Please remain cognizant of the fact that a 400 basis point spread over treasuries is dead center in junk bond territory, with the likes of QVC Network, and the ilk!
     
    The insane asylum has issued a statement. G-Pap has seen that his country would be Friendo'ed if Greece does not agree to austerity (which was part of the original agreement but whatever) and so has issued the following statement: "Responding to questions by journalists regarding actions taken by Greece to change the recent EU summit aid mechanism, the Greek Finance Minister clarified that there has not been any action on behalf of our country to change the terms of the recent EU Summit agreement." In the meantime rich Greeks have likely moved pretty much all their domestic deposits to some other Goldman Sachs controlled provenance. 

    Greece has been in the news a lot over the last 24 hours. Let's recap:

     Bloomberg: Greece May Find Lukewarm U.S. Reception for Its Bonds

    April 7 (Bloomberg) -- Greece may discover it’s no cheaper to sell bonds in the U.S. than in Europe as the government seeks to persuade investors it can plug the region’s biggest budget deficit.

    Investors may demand a yield of as much as 7.25 percent to buy Greek 10-year dollar bonds, 410 basis points more than benchmark German bunds and 330 basis points more than Treasuries, according to Paris-based Axa Investment Managers, which oversees about $669 billion. TCW Group Inc., which manages $115 billion in assets from Los Angeles, says Greece may have to offer a premium of as much as 400 basis points over Treasuries.

    Petros Christodoulou, director general of Greece’s Public Debt Management Agency, said March 31 the country planned a “roadshow” in the U.S. and maybe Asia to drum up investor demand for a sale of dollar-denominated bonds. The country may offer as much as $10 billion of the securities, the Wall Street Journal reported the same day. Greece is struggling to tackle a budget deficit that is equivalent to 12.7 percent of gross domestic product, more than four times the European Union’s 3 percent limit.

    Anybody present at these road shows should print out a copy of the post Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse! and"Greek Crisis Is Over, Region Safe", Prodi Says - I say Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!. Be sure to have the salespersons answer the hard questions posed in those pieces. Subscribers can feel free to whip out the subscription material and ask for explanations and clarifications - File Icon Greece Public Finances Projections. I am anxious to hear what would be said in response. At this point, I see a Greek effective default as a foregone conclusion.

    More on this topic: Euro, Greek Bonds Drop on Rescue Concern; Most U.S. Stocks Gain

    From CNBC: Greek Banks Hit by Money Moved Offshore: Report

    Greek banks are being hit by a wave of redemptions as rich citizens and companies look to move their money to big global banks or offshore as the country's debt crisis rages, the Telegraph newspaper reported on its website.

    The report appeared to contradict recent data from the European Central Bank and comments to Reuters by analysts and Greek banking sources, who said there was no clear evidence of a major, extended deposit outflow from Greek banks.

    The UK newspaper said late on Monday that big depositors have been clamoring to move their cash to international financial firms such as HSBC or France's Societe Generale, which operate large branches in the country.

    They are among those to have received several billion euros of new money, it said without specifying sources.

    ... More than 3 billion euros ($4.05 billion) of deposits held by Greek households and companies left the country in February, while in January about 5 billion euros of deposits were moved out, the Telegraph quoted figures from Bank of Greece as showing.

    Switzerland, the UK and Cyprus have been the largest recipients of the money, with the wealthiest Greeks looking to move their deposits to Swiss banks accounts to escape the more punitive tax measures many fear will be introduced in the wake of the country's economic crisis, the newspaper said.

    Subscribers should reference:

    From the Greek banking site, bankingnews.gr: [coarsely translated] Greek long bond investors - At 450 bps premium still will not lend to Greece - In 382 m.v.to spread  

     

    The alarm sounding clearly leading market players and officials of foreign banks saying that realizations from real money accounts ie real long-term investors that occurred yesterday is a clear warning that unless a reduction in the spread immediately and climb to 450 bp everyone unload bonds and then completely lost control. 
    Today logically must react and reduce the spread sparingly and if that does not happen then just completely lost control and even very briefly highlighted the www.bankingnews.gr the morning and indeed no reaction as the spread falls to 382 bps with selective purchases from JP Morgan.
    According to sources confirmed when the spread was at 300 basis points and estimated that it will move to the 400 bp 2 weeks earlier, indicating that 
    1) Apart from the special short yesterday sold many long-term investors. The short want to test whether an instrument of support from the EU and the IMF reach the boundaries of Greece, although they risk but the returns they achieve are less striking because of the huge amount of holding spreads. 
    But at least inspire concern that sell and long-term investors. 
    hit stop losses and mandatory sold their investment positions. 
    The crucial point is the 450 basis points if the spread up to where it will just completely lost control at bends. 
    The 450 bp activate all mechanisms for the realization of direct positions in Greek bonds. 
    2) The 450 bp are but a milestone in the bond market as more than just levels the state will not be able to borrow. 
    According to well informed sources have already reported cases of investors who have indicated that over 450 bp longer be interested in bonds bearing in mind that the 10-year yields for example have reached or will tend to reach 8%. 
    3) Today also when the spread slipped to 405 basis points late was the statement of Finance Minister, Mr Papaconstantinou that Greece has not requested any change in support mechanism from the EU and the IMF . 
    Some sources say that the statement was made at the last minute and while the market was closed to prevent far worse. 
    Please note that the mix of change in terms of device support, new scenarios and bankruptcy sales were short and long resulted in the spread be found by 405 basis points is to rise 65 basis points is a historical record.
     Please remain cognizant of the fact that a 400 basis point spread over treasuries is dead center in junk bond territory, with the likes of QVC Network, and the ilk!
     
    The insane asylum has issued a statement. G-Pap has seen that his country would be Friendo'ed if Greece does not agree to austerity (which was part of the original agreement but whatever) and so has issued the following statement: "Responding to questions by journalists regarding actions taken by Greece to change the recent EU summit aid mechanism, the Greek Finance Minister clarified that there has not been any action on behalf of our country to change the terms of the recent EU Summit agreement." In the meantime rich Greeks have likely moved pretty much all their domestic deposits to some other Goldman Sachs controlled provenance. 

    Sunday, 04 April 2010 19:00

    Easter Weekend News Update

    Canadian Dollar Too Strong? Bloomberg.com:

    • Minority opposition in Canadian Parliament is growing over strengthening Loonie
    • Leaders fear fallout in exports from CAD nearly at parity with USD
    • CAD strength is directly tied to Chinese commodity demand (is the CAD bubblicious, too?)

    Relevant BoomBustBlog content (we gave you an explicit warning of this in early January): China's Most Expensive Export: Price Inflation

    Ukraine is dangerously close to the brink http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601095&sid=aNw4Q7ntlMqc

    • Ukraine is about to use up the remainder of a $16.4 billion IMF loan
    • Premier Mykola Arazov has applied for another loan to "reform the economy" (what the hell did they do with the first $16.4 billion?)
    • Ukraine has needed assistance to make good with about 20 lenders

    We have went through this in exquisite detail, both in the public sections of the blog and particularly in the subscriber-only content. See The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious! Professional and institutional subscribers should carefully reference "Banks Exposed to CEE & SEE" while all paying subscribers should review the "Greek Banking Industry Tear Sheet".

    Sunday, 04 April 2010 19:00

    Easter Weekend News Update

    Canadian Dollar Too Strong? Bloomberg.com:

    • Minority opposition in Canadian Parliament is growing over strengthening Loonie
    • Leaders fear fallout in exports from CAD nearly at parity with USD
    • CAD strength is directly tied to Chinese commodity demand (is the CAD bubblicious, too?)

    Relevant BoomBustBlog content (we gave you an explicit warning of this in early January): China's Most Expensive Export: Price Inflation

    Ukraine is dangerously close to the brink http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601095&sid=aNw4Q7ntlMqc

    • Ukraine is about to use up the remainder of a $16.4 billion IMF loan
    • Premier Mykola Arazov has applied for another loan to "reform the economy" (what the hell did they do with the first $16.4 billion?)
    • Ukraine has needed assistance to make good with about 20 lenders

    We have went through this in exquisite detail, both in the public sections of the blog and particularly in the subscriber-only content. See The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious! Professional and institutional subscribers should carefully reference "Banks Exposed to CEE & SEE" while all paying subscribers should review the "Greek Banking Industry Tear Sheet".

    The IMF has recently released the results of their staff consultations with Greece. Some may find it interesting, particularly where it intersects with relevant BoomBustBlog research. Let's not mince words here. Greece is going to effectively default on its debt, one way or another, and it is probably going to do it relatively soon. Shall we walk through the IMF findings from LAST YEAR and how they are actually optimistic compared to the facts that my team and I have dug up?

    IMF Consultation: Greece (2009)
    Context:

    ·    After joining the EU, the income gap between Greece and the Eurozone fell on lower interest rates and the resulting “demand boom”
    ·    Through the boom, fiscal deficits stayed at >95% of GDP, fiscal condition continues to aggravate 10 year spreads & contributes to credit downgrades (arguably a lagging indicator)
    ·    Private Greek debt is below the Eurozone average, as is the case for non-financial corporations (governments and financial services therefore must be the source of Greek leveraging)
    ·    Even as output has dropped, Greek wages have remained comparably high, and saw a 12% nominal increases in from 2008 - 2009
    ·    Quality of assets on Grecian balance sheets continues to erode with end of credit based consumption in Southeastern Europe (SEE)
    ·    Household and corporate credit growth has slowed, probably due to rising interest rates causing the opportunity cost of taking on new debt to be unmanageable (directly causing revenue shortfall at the government level)

    Projections:
    ·    IMF forecasted uncertain, and potentially negative growth from 2009 through 2010 on stagnant trade and policy based mistakes
    ·    The EU had a much rosier forecast, citing a rise in tourism, lower dependency on trade, and government based infrastructure projects (that are paid in money taken from bond offerings and paid to construction workers at far greater than average Eurozone wages)

    I have sourced the accuracy of both the IMF and the EU's forecasting in "Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!. If your well being relies on this stuff, you would be well served to subscribe to our research services. Let's take a visual perusal of what I am talking about in regards to Grecian GDP, the IMF and the EU.

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    The EU/EC has proven to be no better, and if anything is arguably worse!

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    Here are our considerably more realistic forecasts (premiums content: Greece Public Finances Projections). 

    The IMF has recently released the results of their staff consultations with Greece. Some may find it interesting, particularly where it intersects with relevant BoomBustBlog research. Let's not mince words here. Greece is going to effectively default on its debt, one way or another, and it is probably going to do it relatively soon. Shall we walk through the IMF findings from LAST YEAR and how they are actually optimistic compared to the facts that my team and I have dug up?

    IMF Consultation: Greece (2009)
    Context:

    ·    After joining the EU, the income gap between Greece and the Eurozone fell on lower interest rates and the resulting “demand boom”
    ·    Through the boom, fiscal deficits stayed at >95% of GDP, fiscal condition continues to aggravate 10 year spreads & contributes to credit downgrades (arguably a lagging indicator)
    ·    Private Greek debt is below the Eurozone average, as is the case for non-financial corporations (governments and financial services therefore must be the source of Greek leveraging)
    ·    Even as output has dropped, Greek wages have remained comparably high, and saw a 12% nominal increases in from 2008 - 2009
    ·    Quality of assets on Grecian balance sheets continues to erode with end of credit based consumption in Southeastern Europe (SEE)
    ·    Household and corporate credit growth has slowed, probably due to rising interest rates causing the opportunity cost of taking on new debt to be unmanageable (directly causing revenue shortfall at the government level)

    Projections:
    ·    IMF forecasted uncertain, and potentially negative growth from 2009 through 2010 on stagnant trade and policy based mistakes
    ·    The EU had a much rosier forecast, citing a rise in tourism, lower dependency on trade, and government based infrastructure projects (that are paid in money taken from bond offerings and paid to construction workers at far greater than average Eurozone wages)

    I have sourced the accuracy of both the IMF and the EU's forecasting in "Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!. If your well being relies on this stuff, you would be well served to subscribe to our research services. Let's take a visual perusal of what I am talking about in regards to Grecian GDP, the IMF and the EU.

    image005.png

    The EU/EC has proven to be no better, and if anything is arguably worse!

    image031.png

    Here are our considerably more realistic forecasts (premiums content: Greece Public Finances Projections). 

    On March 26, EU endorsed the proposal of extending aid to Greece (in case it faces shortage of funds to meet the refinancing and new debt requirements) wherein each euro nation would provide loans to Greece at bend over market rates based on its stake in the European Central Bank. EU would provide more than half the loans and the IMF would provide the rest. The official estimates for the size of the planned assistance have not been disclosed since it would depend on Greece's actual need.  Erik Nielsen, Chief European Economist at GS, estimates Greece will need an 18-month package of as much as €25 billion, with the IMF providing about €10 billion of that. The French newspaper Le Figaro reports that German officials are estimating the total assistance of nearly €22 billion.

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