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It’s almost spooky to see this play out.  Last week, the idea of taking deposits was floated in Cyprus.  An uproar ensued (the banks are still closed there).  Cypress appears to have rejected the idea but I suspect it’s more tabled than rejected for the moment.  I wrote that it doesn’t really matter as Pandora’s box has been opened.  I did not expect to hear less than a week later the open admission this precedent will be acted upon in other regions, “if necessary”.  I thought they’d give it a month or so, at minimum.  I was wrong.

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If you haven’t followed the housing market, you may not be aware of what a Credit Default Swap entails. Basically, it’s insurance against default. Of course, there is a twist. You need not own the asset on which you’ve taken out the insurance. This is part of the process that broke the US housing market.

The practice should be abolished. No other insurance policy allows you to insure something you don’t own.

All that said, the notion that Greece – via this most recent bailout – may be able to sidestep paying the insurance on their default is absurd. It’s word games. The notion that a state bailout, in Europe or America, avoids a default is a false premise. Greece, like the banking industry here, defaulted. That is why they need and needed a bailout.

All of this is just further evidence the rule of law is broken.

 

and then they came for the money.  This isn’t going to end well for the Euro.