So the financial world has collectively woken up and realized that the latest EU bailout scheme is fraught with problems and loose ends. Amongst the various problems are:
1) The Greek private bondholders are furious that the ECB isn’t taking a haircut on its bonds too.
2) German courts and voters aren’t too pleased with Merkel’s decision to go “all in” on the Euro experiment.
3) The Greek default isn’t nearly large enough to render Greece solvent again
4) The default has set a precedent for the other PIIGS countries to follow
5) The CDS/ derivative issue regarding Greece’s default is not over by any stretch
6) The entire EU banking system remains far too leveraged (26 to 1) and needs another $1.5+ trillion in capital at the minimum.
The markets flew into this deal based on rumors and short-covering and are now waking up to the plain obvious facts that you cannot solve a debt problem with more debt. Also, it might be worth considering just where the EFSF bailout money will be coming from when various EU members can’t even stage successful bond auctions without the ECB stepping in.
Again, the primary issue for the EU is a lack of capital. There is TOO MUCH debt there. And issuing more debt, no matter how cheap, is not going to help. Especially when your strongest member (Germany) sports a REAL debt to GDP above 200% and hasn’t recapitalized its banks.
So the EU will be crumbling in the coming weeks. This was the final hurrah for the EU and the Euro in its current form. On that note, the Euro was rejected at resistance at 142 and has already taken out support at 140.
Indeed, the financial world is talking about how this was the biggest move in stocks since 1974. Unfortunately, few remember that after that move in 1974, the markets cratered.
Some thoughts on stocks… isn’t it a little strange that the market fell exactly 20% (the “official” bear market level) before kicking off the biggest ramp job in 30 years? How about the fact that this move came for no real reason other than rumors of another bailout (what are we on #3 for this?).
Can this move really be attributed to Euro choosing to let Greece default (which is what happened in reality)?
Regardless, stocks were deflected from resistance at 1,275 or so. They’re now on their way down again. The market is extremely overbought and susceptible to a fast violent move downwards.
Indeed, the credit markets remain jammed up and are anticipating even more haircuts from Greece. And the rest of the PIIGS will be following suit in the default game.
Ignore stocks, they’re ALWAYS the last to “get it.” The credit markets are jamming up just like they did in 2008. The banking system is flashing all the same signals as well.
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