Internal Bundesbank Report Predicts New Greek Bailout In Early 2014, More Headaches For Merkel [Zerohedge]

An internal Bundesbank document discovered by Der Spiegel states, in opposition to the comments by Germany’s electioneering Chancellor Merkel, that Europe “will certainly agree to a new aid program for Greece” by early 2014 at the latest. As Reuters reports, Frau Merkel has repeatedly played down suggestions Greece will require more aid (or debt relief) in light of German voters major skepticism over moar of their money being flushed into the Mediterranean. The document notes that the risks of the current aid package for Greece are “extremely high” and that recent approval of the tranche payments were politically motivated – directly contradicting Merkel’s ‘praise’ for Greek efforts as the report concludes Athens’ performance as “hardly satisfactory.” Opposition parties suggest Merkel is throwing “sand in the eyes” of the electorate as the Bundesbank warns “there is no private buffer left that could protect the European taxpayer.”

 

Via Reuters,

German opposition parties accused Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday of lying before elections next month about the risks of a new bailout for Greece, after a magazine reported the Bundesbank expects it will need more European aid in early 2014.

 

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U.S. Government Prepares Mass Pension-Rape [bullionbullscanada]

How has the bankrupt United States of America kept its entire (paper) house-of-cards from crumbling all around it? Two words: fraudulent accounting.

As many readers know, following the Crash of ’08 U.S. Big Banks were hopelessly bankrupt. They were leveraged well in excess of (the legal) 30:1, with the vast majority of that leverage tied directly to the (fraud-saturated) U.S. housing market – and house prices.

The effect of this leverage was that (as a matter of arithmetic) only a 3% decline in U.S. house prices would render all these banks insolvent (3% X 30). In fact the U.S. housing market plummeted lower by roughly ten times that amount (in just its first down-leg). The mere $15+ trillion in hand-outs/loans/guarantees from the Bush regime was only a band-aid which would keep these fraud-factories afloat for a few months, barring other equally extreme action. And soMark-to-Fantasy accounting was born.

Beginning in February 2009, U.S. Big Banks weren’t required to account for their assets (or liabilities) at “market value” (i.e. what people were willing to pay for them in the real world). Instead, the Banksters were allowed to do their accounting on the basis of what they thoughttheir own assets should be worth.

Suddenly, the same corporations which had just all been bankrupted ten times over were able to pass a “stress test.” Of course that Cinderella Stress Test proved nothing about the solvency of U.S. banks. However simply being instantly able to cobble-together a façade of solvency did illustrate the magnitude of the fraud in this Mark-to-Fantasy accounting.

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Aluminum Manipulation Leads to Lawsuits Against Goldman etc – The Days of Proprietary Trading Are []

Proprietary Trading 31.4 Years

There are many lawsuits being filed against the New York Bankers for manipulating the commodities. Suits have been filed in Florida, Chicago, and New York. It is no secret that I have stood up to these people an opposed their manipulations. But this has been the name of the name in the commodity field for probably a century.

The manipulation in interest rates and the financial sector began when PhiBro took over Salomon Brothers back in 1981. They got caught manipulating the US Treasury Auctions within 10 years. That’s when Warren Buffett got involved and I believe it was PhiBro traders that drew him into the commodities playing with silver in 1993 then again in 1997-1998. The Goldbugs hated me then because if the metals go up it is always REAL and manipulations are only down. Buffett bough the silver in London so that drew down the supply in NY shifting it to London and that fact was used to get the Goldbugs to buy the high as always. But they were desperate to get me to join them fearing that Princeton was the largest adviser ever having more than $3 trillion under contract (see testimony before Congress). PhiBro floor traders walked over to my traders and showed them the Buffett orders to buy $1 billion in silver. If I say something is happening, everyone knows I have the real contacts and am not speculating unless I say I “think”.

 

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Syria’s Assad bans foreign currency transactions [France24]

AFP - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree Sunday banning the use of foreign currency in commercial transactions, state news agency SANA said.

“It is prohibited to make payments, reimbursements, commercial transactions and any other commercial operation in foreign currency or in precious stones,” SANA quoted the decree as saying.

“The Syrian lira is the only currency” allowed in business and commerce, it added.

Those breaking the law risk jail sentences from between six months to 10 years of hard labour, depending on the sum involved, and will be fined.

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Insolvent Spain Forced To “Borrow” From Social Security Fund To Pay Pensions [zerohedge]

Spain’s slow-motion implosion into an insolvent singularity has been one of the most amusing sideshows for over a year. The chief reason for this is the sheer schizophrenic and absurdist polarity between the sad reality, visible to everyone, and the unprecedented propaganda by the government desperate to paint a rosy picture. While on one hand the economic data shows very clearly the painfully obvious sad ending for this chapter of European integration, it continues to be punctuated almost daily by such amusing confidence games as Spain’s Economy Minister de Guindos telling anyone who cares to listen that the labor market is improving “beyond the seasonal pick up” and that Q2 GDP would be close to zero (because 0% GDP is the new killing it). That’s the good news.  The bad news is that as Reuters reports, and contrary to fairy tales of unicorns and soaring 0% GDP, Spain’s government is so insolventit was just forced to “borrow” from its social security reserve to fund pension payments.

From Reuters:

Spain tapped its social security reserve fund for the second time in a month on Monday, the Labour Ministry said, to help with extra summer pension payments as unemployment and retirement costs deplete government funds.

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Fed Expected to Taper Bond Purchases by 24% [Financial Sense]

On Track For September Taper

As noted on July 15, our guess is the tapering dialogue at the Fed is more about escalating fears of another round of asset bubbles rather than confidence in the economy or fears about escalating inflation.

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To help stem the bubble tide, the Fed may still announce some tapering at their September meeting. However, any tapering statement will most likely be accompanied by a pledge to support the economy with low rates for an extended period. A Bloomberg survey suggests a slight bias toward a change coming in September:

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in September will trim the Fed’s monthly bond buying to $65 billion from the current pace of $85 billion, according to a growing number of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Half of economists held that view in the July 18-22 survey, up from 44 percent in last month’s poll. Even as expectations of a September taper rose, 10-year Treasury yields continued to fall last week from an almost two-year high after Bernanke said reducing bond-buying wouldn’t constitute policy-tightening.

 

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