Tag Archives: European Central Bank

ZeroHedge – Tyler Durden – What Today’s Real ECB News Really Means – 24 August 2012

Bloomberg has run a story, citing two anonymous central bank officials, stating the ECB may not be ready to finalise its plan to buy government bonds at the September 6th meeting. JPMorgan’s European economists note that the story cites two reasons for this: (a) The Governing Council wish to wait until they have seen the German constitutional court ruling on September 12th before proceeding; and (b) The programme is still being worked on staff may not be able to finalize it by then. Critically, JPM, like us, regard (a) as something of a smokescreen. Continue reading

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Mish/ Mike Shedlock – ECB Considers Interest Rate Caps; Such A Scheme Possibly Work? – 19 August 2012

The European Central Bank is considering buying the bonds of crisis-wracked eurozone countries to ensure borrowing costs do not rise beyond a pre-determined level, German newsweekly Der Spiegel said Sunday. Continue reading

John Ward – Greece Exclusive : ‘Deal Has Been Done To Pay Off Bondholders And Forgive Residue Of Debt’ – French Diplomat Source Confirms Big New Containment Plan For Greece – 12 August 2012

Samaras…big secret, upping the pace of austerity

‘What the deal does is allow another default date to come and go with everyone pretending it hasn’t happened.’

Another day, another bonkers conspiracy theory from The Slog. Greece has done a deal to put the lid on the Greek crisis? Pah! Formation of Greek/Israeli/Cyprus/US alliance? Fiddlesticks! Continue reading

Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Complete Absurdity In Greece : ECB Prints Euros To Give To Greece To Make Interest Payments To ECB – 9 August 2012

No entity is willing to stand up and say the obvious, that Greece is insolvent and cannot and will not pay back its debts.

Moreover, in spite of an ECB mandate that  prohibits direct financing of governments, the ECB is doing just that.

Simply put, the ECB is printing euros, to give to the Greece, so that Greece can make interest payments to the ECB on maturing bonds. Continue reading

Der Spiegel – Printing Money The European Central Bank’s Discreet Help for Greece – 9 August 2012

The European Central Bank is now taking risky measures to help save Athens from its acute financial emergency. Increasingly, euro-zone leaders are pushing the dirty work on the ECB. In the end, though, they will likely have no choice but to pay Greece the next tranche of its bailout package. Continue reading

John Ward – ECB Policy On Greece: Yes, You Do Have To Be Mad To Work Here – 7 August 2012

It doesn’t get much sillier than this.

Earlier on Eurenders, Mario the money-changer told Stavros at the Bank of Greece that he could have more and easier access to the wonga at Mario’s Loans. But Stavros already owes Mario €3.2Billion on a previous Bond.

So Stavros asks the eurozone for a bridging loan from the ECB to pay back the Bond issued to the ECB. Eurozone says no. So Stavros asks the ECB for a further 30 days in which to cough up. Eurozone says no. Continue reading

The India Times – Barack Obama Calls Spanish Premier About Eurozone Crisis – 7 August 2012

MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Mairano Rajoy spoke with US President Barack Obama on Monday in a telephone call regarding the eurozone crisis and the financial markets, their offices said.

Obama called Rajoy for a half-hour chat in which they “addressed the economic situation in Spain, in the European Union, and in the world,” according to a statement issued by the Spanish premier’s office.

They also discussed the situation on the financial markets, where nervous investors have driven up Spain’s borrowing costs to unsustainable levels over the long term, complicating the country’s ability to finance its debt.