Cyprus Applies for Bailout

It was already known last week that Cyprus would need a bailout as well and it has now officially become the fifth nation to apply for one. Once again a bank needs to be saved. Somehow, Fitch appears to have gotten wind of this as well, as it once again proved how timely and swiftly it can react to new developments on the credit front by downgrading Cyprus about five minutes before its bailout application was delivered in Brussels. Holders of Cypriot bonds be forewarned! Something might not be right down there!

 

„The Cypriot government has issued a statement confirming that it has officially made an EU bailout bid, citing heavy exposure to debt-stricken Greece. This makes it the fifth state within the currency union to ask for help.

The request comes just days before a deadline to recapitalize one of the country’s largest banks.

“The purpose of the required assistance is to contain the risks to the Cypriot economy, notably those arising from the negative spillover effects through its financial sector, due to its large exposure in the Greek economy,” the government's statement said.

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou wouldn't reveal how much Cyprus would ask for, saying the amount is subject to negotiations. The 27 EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, where the subject will be discussed.

Analysts estimate the sum is likely be around €5 billion ($6.2 billion), but could be as high as €10 billion ($12.5 billion). It is a fraction of the bailouts given to other EU countries, with the latest sufferer Spain asking for as much as €100 billion ($125 billion) for its banks.

Earlier, US ratings agency Fitch downgraded Cyprus to "junk" status. The move was prompted by the amount of rescue money that would be needed to bail out its Greece-exposed banks. The ratings agency estimated that the country will need another €4 billion to recapitalize its banking sector.

 

(emphasis added)

What would bondholders ever do without Fitch?

 

Credit Market Charts Update –  Is Slovenia the Next Bailout Candidate?

Below is our customary update of credit market charts, including the usual suspects: CDS on various sovereign debtors and banks, bond yields, euro basis swaps and a few other charts. Charts and price scales are color coded (readers should keep the different price scales in mind when assessing 4-in-1 charts). Where necessary we have provided a legend for the color coding below the charts. Prices are as of Monday's close.

Not surprisingly, CDS spreads and bond yields in the euro area and neighboring countries edged higher again on Monday. CDS on Greece reached a new post-PSI high of 12,145 basis points. The next default and/or bailout seems all but certain. Slovenia is meanwhile already waiting in the wings as the euro area's likely bailout candidate number six.


„Slovenia is seeking private investors to boost capital at its banks, including Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., and hopes to avoid turning to international lenders for a “last resort” bailout, Finance Minister Janez Sustersic said.

“We are working to avoid a bailout for Slovenian banks as this would be a bad signal at the moment — it’s a solution of last resort,” Sustersic told reporters in Luxembourg today on the side lines of the meeting of euro region finance ministers. “If possible — and I think it is possible — we would get private investors for that, partially now and the rest by the end of the year so that such aid won’t be necessary.”

Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., Slovenia’s biggest financial services company, needs 500 million euros ($627 million) to improve its capital ratio by the end of the month and would need “much more” cash to start lending to companies and support economic growth, Sustersic said earlier this month.“


At least that sounds comparatively cheap.

 


 

5 year CDS on Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on France, Belgium, Ireland and Japan – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Austria -Croatia, a casus corbis– click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia; Slovenia is also battling with a less than solid banking system. Luckily the bailout application is regarded as a 'last resort' – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on Romania, Poland, the Ukraine and Estonia – note that Estonia enjoys the second lowest sovereign CDS spread of the entire euro area right after Germany – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on Germany (white) , the US (orange) and the Markit SovX index of CDS on 19 Western European sovereigns (yellow) – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Turkey – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

Three month, one year, three year and five year euro basis swaps – heading in the wrong direction again – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

Our proprietary unweighted index of 5 year CDS on the senior debt of eight major European banks (BBVA, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Societe Generale, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Intesa Sanpaolo and Unicredito) –  white line,  compared to 5 year CDS on major US banks (Morgan Stanley – red line, Goldman Sachs – orange line, Citigroup – green line) as well as Credit Suisse – yellow line – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

10 year government bond yields of Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain – the yields of the usual suspects are heading higher again – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

Austria's 10 year note yield (green), UK gilts yield (yellow), Ireland's 9 year note yield (white) and the price of the Greek 2 year note (orange line – prior to the PSI deal break this showed the yield) – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

5 year CDS on Australia's 'Big Four' banks, long term. This looks suspiciously like a continuation formation – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

Lastly, a chart we pinched from the Short Side of Long, that compares the Philly Fed index to the US stock market. As can be seen, negative divergences between the two tend to bode ill for stocks – click chart for better resolution.

 


 

Addendum: Finally, Some Good News from South America

After nationalizations in Argentina, the imposition of unreasonable mining taxes in Ecuador and growing resource nationalism in Bolivia and strikes in Chile,  there is finally a piece of good news emanating from South America: Bolivia legalizes the growing of  pot, and thereby pushes a knife deep into the senseless and brutal drug war's black heart.  (link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/24/us-uruguay-marijuana-idUSBRE85N0HN20120624  )


"The leftist government announced plans last week to legalize the marijuana market as part of a drive to stop rising crime, arguing that the drug is less harmful than the black market where it currently trades.

The use of cannabis and other drugs is already legal in Uruguay, one of Latin America's safest countries and a trailblazer on liberal lawmaking. The reform being sent to Congress would legalize and regulate its sale and production.

Meeting the smoking needs of the nation of 3.3 million people will require annual production of about 29.8 tons, the government estimates, and the drug will be cultivated in a plantation of roughly 100 hectares (247 acres).

It is not yet clear whether the drug would be grown by the state or by private contractors under license.

Planting should begin in September if the law passes Congress swiftly as expected – despite some opposition from rightist lawmakers, a government source said. Harvesting would start six months later, said Julio Calzada, secretary general of the National Drugs Board.

"By regulating the marijuana market in the way we're proposing, we're going to undermine the development of trafficking of other drugs," Calzada told Reuters on Saturday.

[…]

Calzada said cannabis would carry a sales tax, the proceeds of which would fund rehabilitation programs for addicts. State-grown marijuana could also be used for medical purposes.

Pro-legalization groups welcomed the proposal by the government of President Jose Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter, but they are calling for it to allow personal cultivation too.

"As far as we're concerned, legalizing marijuana is an attack on the drugs trade, which is sustained by the policy of prohibition," said Martin Collazo from the Prolegal group.


(emphasis added)

And it's actually a leftist government doing that! Wonders will never cease. Of course the Great Commissar up North was none too pleased: 


"U.S. President Barack Obama made clear to Latin American leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena in April that he opposes the legalization of drugs."


Tough titties, as they say. Some of them evidently weren't listening. 


Addendum: Hinde Capital's 'Eyes Wide Shut', Part Two

Here is Hinde Capital's 'Eyes Wide Shut' report on the UK economy, part 2 for download (pdf)

Part One can be downloaded here.




Charts by: Bloomberg, The Short Side of Long

 


 

 

Emigrate While You Can... Learn More

 


 

 
 

Dear Readers!

You may have noticed that our so-called “semiannual” funding drive, which started sometime in the summer if memory serves, has seamlessly segued into the winter. In fact, the year is almost over! We assure you this is not merely evidence of our chutzpa; rather, it is indicative of the fact that ad income still needs to be supplemented in order to support upkeep of the site. Naturally, the traditional benefits that can be spontaneously triggered by donations to this site remain operative regardless of the season - ranging from a boost to general well-being/happiness (inter alia featuring improved sleep & appetite), children including you in their songs, up to the likely allotment of privileges in the afterlife, etc., etc., but the Christmas season is probably an especially propitious time to cross our palms with silver. A special thank you to all readers who have already chipped in, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Regardless of that, we are honored by everybody's readership and hope we have managed to add a little value to your life.

   

Bitcoin address: 12vB2LeWQNjWh59tyfWw23ySqJ9kTfJifA

   
 

One Response to “Cyprus Officially Keels Over, Plus Credit Market Charts”

  • jimmyjames:

    The BoE may circumvent this equilibrium but this
    entails additional costs in the form of high inflation
    and merely kicks the proverbial can down the road.
    The UK economy has too much debt and not sufficient
    current and future income to service it. The
    central bank may alleviate this issue by generating
    excess reserves in the banking system (quantitative
    and qualitative easing), but this may ultimately
    lead to a loss in confidence for the currency

    ************

    Following the same old historical recipe that always leads to collapse-

    First they inflate the money supply-then they loot the treasury-then they loot the citizens-then the currency collapses-then the government falls-then a man riding a white horse appears-

    Maybe the UK should have joined the Euro-they would have Germany for at least a symbolic backup and an escape route-

    http://grooveshark.com/s/Why+Aye+Man/3XnRtL?src=5

Your comment:

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Most read in the last 20 days:

  • Trade War Game On!
      Interesting Times Arrive “Things sure are getting exciting again, ain’t they?”  The remark was made by a colleague on Tuesday morning, as we stepped off the elevator to grab a cup of coffee.   Ancient Chinese curse alert... [PT]   “One moment markets are gorging on financial slop like fat pigs in mud.  The next they’re collectively vomiting on themselves. I’ll tell you one thing.  President Trump’s trade war with China won’t end well.  I mean, come...
  • The Dollar Cancer and the Gold Cure
      The Long Run is Here The dollar is failing. Millions of people can see at least some of the major signs, such as the collapse of interest rates, record high number of people not counted in the workforce, and debt rising from already-unpayable levels at an accelerating rate.   Total US credit market debt has hit a new high of $68.6 trillion at the end of 2017. That's up from $22.3 trillion a mere 20 years ago. It's a fairly good bet this isn't sustainable....
  • US Stock Market: Happy Days Are Here Again? Not so Fast...
      A “Typical” Correction? A Narrative Fail May Be in Store Obviously, assorted crash analogs have by now gone out of the window – we already noted that the market was late if it was to continue to mimic them, as the decline would have had to accelerate in the last week of March to remain in compliance with the “official time table”. Of course crashes are always very low probability events – but there are occasions when they have a higher probability than otherwise, and we will...
  • Rise of the Japanese Androids
      Good Intentions One of the unspoken delights in life is the rich satisfaction that comes with bearing witness to the spectacular failure of an offensive and unjust system. This week served up a lavish plate of delicious appetizers with both a style and refinement that’s ordinarily reserved for a competitive speed eating contest. What a remarkable time to be alive.   It seemed a good idea at first... [PT]   Many thrilling stories of doom and gloom were published...
  • Claudio Grass on Cryptocurrencies and Gold – An X22 Report Interview
       The Global Community is Unhappy With the Monetary System, Change is Coming Our friend Claudio Grass of Precious Metal Advisory Switzerland was recently interviewed by the X22 Report on cryptocurrencies and gold. He offers interesting perspectives on cryptocurrencies, bringing them into context with Hayek's idea of the denationalization of money. The connection is that they have originated in the market and exist in a framework of free competition, with users determining which of them...
  • No Revolution Just Yet - Precious Metals Supply and Demand Report
      Irredeemably Yours... Yuan Stops Rallying at the Wrong Moment The so-called petro-yuan was to revolutionize the world of irredeemable fiat paper currencies. Well, since its launch on March 26 — it has gone down. It was to be an enabler for oil companies who were desperate to sell oil for gold, but could not do so until the yuan oil contract.   After becoming progressively stronger over the past year, it looks as thought the 6.25 level in USDCNY is providing support for the...
  • Flight of the Bricks - Precious Metals Supply and Demand
      The Lighthouse Moves Picture, if you will, a brick slowly falling off a cliff. The brick is printed with green ink, and engraved on it are the words “Federal Reserve Note” (FRN). A camera is mounted to the brick. The camera shows lots of things moving up. The cliff face is whizzing upwards at a blur. A black painted brick labeled “oil” is going up pretty fast, but not so fast as the cliff face. It is up 26% in a year. A special brick, a government data brick of sorts, labeled...
  • The “Turn of the Month Effect” Exists in 11 of 11 Countries
      A Well Known Seasonal Phenomenon in the US Market – Is There More to It? I already discussed the “turn-of-the-month effect” in a previous issues of Seasonal Insights, see e.g. this report from earlier this year. The term describes the fact that price gains in the stock market tend to cluster around the turn of the month. By contrast, the rest of the time around the middle of the month is typically less profitable for investors.   Due to continual monetary inflation in the...

Support Acting Man

Item Guides

Top10BestPro
j9TJzzN

The Review Insider

Austrian Theory and Investment

Archive

350x200

THE GOLD CARTEL: Government Intervention on Gold, the Mega Bubble in Paper and What This Means for Your Future

Realtime Charts

 

Gold in USD:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]

 


 

Gold in EUR:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]

 


 

Silver in USD:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]

 


 

Platinum in USD:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]

 


 

USD - Index:

[Most Recent USD from www.kitco.com]

 

Mish Talk

 
Buy Silver Now!
 
Buy Gold Now!
 

Oilprice.com

Diary of a Rogue Economist