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The Deutsche Bank crisis could take Angela Merkel down – and the Euro
Over the weekend, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel waded into the mess, briefing that there could be no government bail-out of the bank. [...] If it was in trouble, it was on its own. [... would be another example of socialism for the rich, and the poor must suffer waht they must - varoufakis ]

But hold on. Surely that is an extra-ordinary decision? If the German government does not stand behind the bank, then inevitably all its counter-parties – the other banks and institutions it deals with – are going to start feeling very nervous about trading with it.
Angela  Merkel  bailout  Deutsche  Bank  Italy  contagion  TBTF  systemic  risk  investment  banking  Germany  Bundesbank  ECB  AfD  CDU  CSU  SPD  far-right  right-wing  austerity  Commerzbank  bail-in  bailin 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann - Brexit is no excuse to loosen EU budget rules
Reuters report that this puts Weidmann at odds with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who has called for Europe's "Stability and Growth Pact" to be boosted for more growth.
So, we've got a politician wanting to spend more.
And the head of the Buba saying "No!"

Same old :-D //&!!/germany-will-stick-to-balanced-budget-report-20160701
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
What Happens Next (In Europe)?
the odds of another crisis are higher than a rally to fresh records. [...]
“The 2009-2015 rally originated from two main drivers: a massive stimulus, and credit expansion in China,” said Goette, who’s a partner at his firm in Zug, Switzerland and helps oversee 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion).

“European earnings have not followed suit so far. Skepticism regarding central-bank operations has started to emerge.”
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Migrant crisis: Germany's 'rock of stability' in danger - BBC News
[ has to invest massively to integrate people and not put them aside on Hartz-IV. leeway to borrow money for nothing is there. political will to break the dogma and ideology of austerity, schwarze null, schuldenbremse has to be there. across europe! ] The migrant crisis could see Germany losing its position as a "rock of stability", a former European Central Bank chief economist has told BBC HARDtalk. Otmar Issing warned the growing "fiscal burden" over the numbers of people arriving could completely change the country's economy.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Vickers warns over weaker bank safety buffers - BBC News
[ no skin in the game ] The man charged with leading an inquiry into the future safety of Britain's banks has said Bank of England plans are not strong enough. Sir John Vickers, who led the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) said: "The Bank of England proposal is less strong than what the ICB recommended." In a BBC interview, he added "I don't think the ICB overdid it." The Bank of England declined to comment. Specifically, it is the plans to make sure that banks have enough capital that Sir John has questioned. Capital is considered vital to a bank's safety, as it serves to protect it from sudden losses. It comes in many forms, but the most common is funding from shareholders, who expect a hefty return on the risk they are taking. The backdrop to this news is the current slump in bank share prices across Europe. Since the start of the year, European banking stocks have lost a quarter of their value. //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The new European Union | Credit Writedowns
[ EU banking system was too big to bail in case Greece and else would default even in parts on some of its debt and or make no or delay repayment with interest in full ] In conclusion, the conditions asked of Greece are not likely to be met, because they cannot be met. Greece will be blamed for not living up to its commitments, as it has been this time around. Yet, somehow, the notion of asking for the impossible from a country that has no choice but to sign is fundamentally perverse. [...] The mistake was to break the no-bailout clause that was designed to make sure the Eurozone would not find itself in this position. For selfish reasons (i.e. preventing a bank crisis in Europe and the US), Greece was convinced to accept the first bailout in 2010.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Merkel's Leadership Has Failed in the Greece Crisis - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ "Alternativlos." ] Angela Merkel relishes her reputation as queen of Europe. But she hasn't learned how to use her power, instead allowing a bad situation to heat up to the boiling point. Her inability to take unpopular stances badly exacerbated the Greek crisis. // &! - Kein Unterschied, ob "Bild", "Zeit" oder ARD: In den deutschen Medien schwingen sich Journalisten reihenweise zu pöbelnden Parteigängern auf, statt Fakten und Analysen zur Griechenlandkrise zu bringen.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Griechenland: Was Angela Merkel noch alles angeboten hat - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Für den Fall, dass Tsipras die Verlängerung des aktuellen zweiten Hilfspakets zu den veränderten Konditionen akzeptiert hätte, bot Merkel ihm dem Vernehmen nach in einem letzten Gespräch am Freitag vergangener Woche unter anderem Folgendes an: ein drittes Hilfsprogramm, Schuldenerleichterungen, also eine teilweise Umschuldung, Investitionen in Höhe von rund 35 Milliarden Euro. // BUT NO debt jubilee/haircut and admitting that it was a EU bank bailout through the back door. // Counter-off on day 0 from Syriza; ESM to take on debt for two years. Another delay. Country will NOT start to grow in two years to pay off EFSF and IMF ... &! IMF pushes back on default scenario - &! Germany paid 85bn to EU banks (aka Greece Debt payments via EFSF, IMF and ECB ELA liability and bonds that ECB bought via their bank refinance programms (LTRO) via BuBa capital ownership of ECB) in case of default - // &! &!
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
DIW-Chef Fratzscher zu Banken-Stresstest, Lohnerhöhung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Abhängigkeit zwischen Banken und Staaten hat in den letzten Jahren besorgniserregend zugenommen. Die berechtigte Sorge ist daher, dass Bankenrettungen die Staatshaushalte der hochverschuldeten Eurostaaten überfordert. Dann könnten wir leicht wieder in eine Krisensituation wie im Sommer 2012 geraten, als die Anleihezinsen für viele Eurostaaten drastisch nach oben geschossen sind. [...] Die größte Herausforderung für Europa ist, Wachstum zu schaffen. Nur durch ein deutlich stärkeres Wachstum kann es gelingen, dass die Unternehmen Beschäftigte einstellen, die Banken faule Kredite abbauen und die Staaten ihre Finanzen in Ordnung bringen. [...] [ +see end - Income Growth across the board in Germany Needed. Recent 2017 wage floor/minimum wage was overdue. Overdue. ]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
EZB senkt Leitzins und beschließt Minuszinsen für Banken - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Europäische Zentralbank (EZB) hat ihren Leitzins auf ein Rekordtief gesenkt und erstmals einen negativen Einlagensatz beschlossen. Angesichts der zuletzt sehr niedrigen Inflationsrate wird der Zins, zu dem sich die Geschäftsbanken bei der Notenbank Geld leihen können, um 0,10 Punkte auf 0,15 Prozent gesenkt, wie die EZB am Donnerstag nach ihrer Ratssitzung in Frankfurt mitteilte. Der Einlagensatz, zu dem Banken kurzfristig Geld bei der Notenbank parken können, wird erstmals in den negativen Bereich gedrückt. Er sinkt von bisher null Prozent auf minus 0,10 Prozent. Der Zins für kurzfristige Ausleihungen bei der Notenbank vermindert sich von 0,75 auf 0,40 Prozent. + ""Die Banken leiden nicht unter vermeintlich zu hohen Notenbankzinsen, sondern unter dem hohen Bestand fauler Kredite, an dem Negativzinsen nichts ändern." + !! !!
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Dax knackt 10.000 Punkte: Rekord wegen billigen Gelds von EZB - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Erstmals überspringt der Dax die Marke von 10.000 Punkten. Das beweist erneut, wie sehr der deutsche Leitindex vom billigen Geld der Notenbank abhängig ist - und wie schnell die gute Stimmung an der Börse vorbei sein kann. + + ""Wohin also jetzt mit den Ersparnissen?"" +++ Spekulationsblasen: Wirtschaftsweiser warnt vor Gefahren der Niedrigzinsen - +++ Niedrigzinsen: Schäuble befürchtet Immobilienblase in Deutschland -
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Bond Yields Lowest Since Napoleon Are No Comfort to Europe Amid Deflation Fight - Businessweek
Germany issued 5yr bond with a yield of .45%, last year same type of issue was arount the .3% mark. OUCH, way below inflation. - "" “The outright level of yields is suggesting an incredibly weak outlook for growth,” “It’s a powerful signal telling you policy is too tight and that there’s complacency toward the risks. Not a great deal has been solved. We’ve still got bank stress tests to come, too low growth and too low inflation.” ""
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Bundesbank Open to Significant ECB Stimulus in June if 2016 Inflation Forecasts Lowered -
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Politik der niedrigen Zinsen: Nordstaaten verhinderten Zinssenkung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Geldpolitiker der Nordländer in der EU beharren auf ihrer Linie: Gemeinsam verhinderten Bundesbank-Präsident Weidmann und seine Kollegen nach SPIEGEL-Informationen eine weitere Leitzinssenkung der EZB. [...] Doch sieben Ratsmitglieder, vor allem aus den Nordstaaten, argumentierten heftig dagegen. Darunter waren nicht nur der deutsche Bundesbank-Chef Jens Weidmann und der Niederländer Klaas Knot, sondern auch das deutsche Mitglied des geschäftsführenden Direktoriums, Jörg Asmussen.
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july 2013 by asterisk2a
Texas Wants Its Gold Back - YouTube
Texas State, introduces legislation that State Gov can't seize its Gold. Also plans to relocate its Gold from NYFed to Texas. Germany already announces (via Bundesbank) that its Gold (held @ NY Fed) will be shipped to the Bundebank. All is the same tone of Cyprus bail-in.
bail-in  currency  debasement  economic  history  Cyprus  currency-war  Gold  Bundesbank 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
Lest We Forget | ZeroHedge
The view of the ECB raises some interesting questions. I believe most would agree on two issues; first that the ECB is an insolvent institution and so highly leveraged and under-capitalized that a normal bank would have been in bankruptcy long ago but then a normal bank can’t print money. However it must also be said that the ECB is not a stand-alone institution living on another world and that the national central banks of Europe own it. Second I think most thoughtful people would agree that at some point in time that the financial condition of a central bank matters either in terms of increasing inflation by increasing the money supply or as a matter of valuation if no one or not enough financial institutions will support their currency or if some national central bank opts out on the basis of the economic threat to its citizens. This could be exemplified by Germany.

... The game could end if a major European bank falters
... Loss of Trust = Out of Bonds/Equity - into Gold&Co;.
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october 2012 by asterisk2a
EZB-Juristen prüfen Anleihen-Aufkaufprogramm - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Betreibt die Europäische Zentralbank mit ihrem Aufkaufprogramm für Anleihen versteckte Staatsfinanzierung? Offenbar wappnen sich die Währungshüter gegen diesen Vorwurf. Laut "Bild"-Zeitung prüfen Juristen von EZB und Bundesbank die Rechtmäßigkeit der Käufe.

Nicht ausgeschlossen wird dem Bericht zufolge dabei, dass die brisante Frage demnächst dem Europäischen Gerichtshof zur Klärung vorgelegt wird. Für diesen Fall wollten sich EZB und Bundesbank juristisch wappnen. Hintergrund sei der Streit um die Frage, ob die EZB mit den Aufkäufen gegen das EU-vertragliche Verbot von direkter Staatsfinanzierung verstoße.
Europe  sovereign  debt  crisis  PIIGS  ECB  Jens  Weidmann  Bundesbank  2012  monetary  policy  monetarism  monetization  OMT 
september 2012 by asterisk2a
EZB: Ankündigung von Draghi zum Anleihenkauf enttäuscht Anleger - SPIEGEL ONLINE
ECB loading up on sovereign debt (PIIGS + France, Belgium) poses a balance sheet risk if just one country Defaults outright and or even imposed just a haircut even for ECB [ECB demanded and pulled through this demand to take no haircut in the Grecce's partial default/PSI 2011].

Meaning then that the ECBs balance sheet is under water and thus the National Central Banks of each country within the EMU have to raise money via its respective governments on debt markets (which are likely then closed because of the severity of the situation, meaning they have to sell their reserve holding of foreign currencies and assets) and without appropriate funds ... Europe's sovereign debt crisis once defined to the south would likely turn into an outright currency crisis.

Baseline: Open Market Operations (SMP) by the ECB have massive tail risk, unintended consequences for the ECB, the monetary system, price stability, the Euro.
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august 2012 by asterisk2a
Why Germany's TARGET2-Based Eurozone Preservation Mechanism Is Merely A Ticking Inflationary Timebomb | ZeroHedge
Who ultimately pays for TARGET2 losses? Higher inflation part of the bill
[T]he important point in the context of the financial risk for Germany from the growing TARGET2 imbalances is that, in the event of a break-up of the Euro area, the price paid would not necessarily be in the form of a massive recapitalisation of the Bundesbank, which could endanger the solvency of the German government itself. Rather, it would come in the form of higher inflation, as Germany faced the financial costs of the Bundesbank’s rising net claims vis-à- vis the other Euro area central banks.


Pulling all these data together, we can see a clear shift in the composition of Germany’s net foreign asset position: financial institutions have sharply reduced their exposure to the periphery , while the public sector has increased its claims significantly. The main channel through which this transfer of risk has taken place has been the TARGET2 system.
BIS  Bundesbank  ECB  inflation  greatrecession  GFC  PIIGS  2012  EMU  Europe  sovereign  debt  crisis  Germany  target2-system 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Bundesbank’s Weidmann Says What No Politician Wants to Hear - Bloomberg
“Monetary policy is not a panacea and central bank firepower is not unlimited, especially not in a monetary union,” he said. “We can only win back confidence if we bring down excessive deficits and boost competitiveness. And it is precisely because these things are unpopular that makes it so tempting for politicians to rely instead on monetary accommodation.”
Weidmann hasn’t spared Draghi or Merkel, who has vowed to prevent a breakup of the currency union and put the most money on the line for bailouts and financial backstops.
When European leaders agreed on the fiscal compact championed by Merkel in late January, Draghi said it was “the first step toward the fiscal union” and would “strengthen confidence in the euro area.”
Weidmann said it fell short.
“Obviously in the negotiations, as often in the past, things were watered down,” he said on Feb. 1. “It’s clear that the cornerstone for a real fiscal union hasn’t been laid here.”
PIIGS  sovereign  debt  crisis  policy  error  policy  folly  politics  angelamerkel  Europe  EMU  ECB  monetary  policy  Bundesbank  Jens  Weidmann 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
Germany’s economy: Message to the Bundesbank | The Economist
Bundesbank and BaFin could with domestic policy tools (“macroprudential” instruments) avoid asset bubbles (ie property, agriculture land bubble, excessive debt growth). Spurred via QE/LTRO and ZIRP.

"To do that, he has two tools: the bully pulpit and so-called macroprudential levers, such as requiring banks to boost their capital or tightening rules on mortgages. Like many other countries, Germany is developing rules that will allow its central bank and financial supervisors to dampen credit and asset bubbles (see article)."


ECB/BaFin have to put Germany’s inflation in context: higher wages, after years of stagnation, are a good thing. And he must squash alarmist talk about asset bubbles. Yes, German property prices have started to rise, but it is hardly a bubble when house prices, relative to incomes and rents, are around 20% undervalued.
Germany  2012  sovereign  debt  crisis  Europe  monetary  policy  inflation  reflation  competitiveness  PIIGS  unintended  consequences  LTRO  QE  ZIRP  ECB  bafin  bundesbank 
may 2012 by asterisk2a
How Much Bigger Can TARGET2 Imbalances Grow? Goldman Answers: "A Lot" | ZeroHedge
"how much more can the TARGET2 imbalances increase?" The scientific and, non-scientific answer, comes from Goldman Sachs: "a lot."

Uh, of course we are talking about a euro breakdup: if Goldman does not understand this, they need to plant at least another head of a central bank in addition to the ECB: namely the Bundesbank. Because the question is just what the bill to the German taxpayers will be when everything falls apart, up to and including the euro. And that question Goldman was already kind enough to answer: "a lot"
2012  bundesbank  ECB  Germany  PIIGSFB  PIIGS  europe  sovereign  debt  crisis  target2-system 
april 2012 by asterisk2a
Finanzkrise: "Die Märkte schreien nach immer mehr Geld" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Nagel: Wir müssen aufmerksam beobachten, was mit dem Geld passiert. Noch parken die Institute einen Großteil bei den Notenbanken, aber dafür bekommen sie nur 0,25 Prozent Zinsen. Da sie selbst ein Prozent Zinsen bezahlt haben, ist das für sie auf Dauer ein schlechtes Geschäft. Es besteht also die Gefahr, dass die Banken Risiken eingehen, die wir eigentlich nicht sehen wollen. Für uns ist deshalb wichtig, dass wir jetzt schon über Ausstiegsszenarien reden und den Märkten signalisieren: Es ist nicht selbstverständlich, dass es so wie in den letzten Monaten weitergeht.

-- Don't get Banks addicted to easy money. Hard choices for the future have to be made.
monetary  policy  QE  ZIRP  LTRO  bundesbank  ECB 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Mario Draghi Is Becoming Germany's Most Hated Man | ZeroHedge
The huge take-up at Wednesday's so-called LTRO meant that in the space of two months the ECB has injected over a trillion euros into the financial system.

- liquidity does not solve insolvency.
- may buy time, but also prone to wreak havoc

But, but, it's all in the name of perpetuating the ponzi. Forget that it is the Germans who are paying the bill.

Draghi is already at odds with some powerful voices in Germany, taking a nonchalant view last month about the TARGET2 imbalances.

The Bundesbank considers the TARGET2 imbalances a symptom of underlying problems in the currency bloc and is watching them with increasing concern as they reflect a stronger reliance of banks in weaker euro zone countries on cheap ECB funding and growing risks on those countries' central banks balance sheets.
reflation  inflation  target2-system  MarioDraghi  bundesbank  Europe  structural  imbalance  ZIRP  unintended  consequences  quantitative-easing  QE  monetary  policy  ECB  2012  LTRO 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Euro-Krise: Vier tickende Geldbomben bedrohen Europa - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
1. ECB's LTRO does not solve sovereign debt problem
2. Greece
2.5 Portugal
3. Spain
4. Europe's National Central Banks seem to go under .... Target2; ECB's interbank payment system.

"Für die Bundesbank ergeben sich daraus Forderungen von fast einer halben Billion Euro gegenüber der EZB, eine Summe, die mit jedem Monat der Krise weiter wächst."
PIIGS  Germany  sarkozy  angelamerkel  politics  political  economy  bundesbank  ECB  faultlines  structural  imbalance  target2-system  Spain  economic-thought  balance  sheet  recession  richardkoo  Greece  LTRO  2012  sovereign  debt  crisis  Europe 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Goldman's Take On TARGET2 And How The Bundesbank Will Suffer Massive Losses If The Eurozone Fails | ZeroHedge
However, central banks in the core countries face one specific risk that can be traced back to the TARGET2 imbalances, and this refers to the possibility that a country might decide to leave the Euro area. In such a scenario, the net claims the remaining central banks have acquired vis-à-vis that country reflect a genuine risk that would not exist without these imbalances. This could in the extreme case of a total break-up of the Euro area, and assuming that the peripheral central banks could not repay their liabilities, mean that the losses would materialise on the Bundesbank’s balance sheet.

It is only if one or several countries were to decide to leave the Euro area that the imbalances would lead to potentially significant losses beyond the risk already reflected in the current generous liquidity provision through the ECB.
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december 2011 by asterisk2a
Falsche Strategie gegen Finanzkrise: Siegeszug der Zombie-Banken - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
"Im Krisenjahr sollten die Gewinne verhaftet werden"

Gänzlich überflüssig seien solche Worte, schallte es sogleich aus den Bankentürmen. Andreas Schmitz, Chef der Trinkaus-Bank und, immerhin, Präsident des Deutschen Bankenverbands, konnte seine Empörung nur mühsam zügeln. "Es ist die ureigenste Pflicht eines Vorstands, selbst zu erkennen, wenn er Gewinne einbehalten sollte", ließ er sich zitieren. "Da braucht er keinen Hinweis von Herrn Professor Weber."
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october 2009 by asterisk2a

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