The Pain in Spain Flashes Financial Armageddon, Inflation WarsInterest-Rates / Eurozone Debt Crisis Jun 04, 2012 - 04:50 AM GMT
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Spain is bankrupting, its central government is bankrupting, its local government is already bankrupt along with most of its banks that have been busy hiding most of their bad loan losses on crashed property developments. The credit markets despite ECB support are fast closing to Spain as it is being forced to pay credit crisis extreme financial armageddon rates of interest to borrow.
Spain's economy is in meltdown, the adult unemployment rate of 25% is higher than that of bankrupt Greece and the youth unemployment rate of 50% is at critical social unrest inducing levels.
Money is flooding out of Spain at an estimated E33 billion per month! These bankrupt Spanish banks are being downgraded on a near weekly basis, and the most recent news is that Spain's fourth largest bank, Bankia or Bankruptia is on the verge of toppling over, demanding the state bail it out to the tune of Euro 29 billion, money that Spain just does not have.
Spain in desperation has attempted to get the ECB to start footing the bill for bailing out Spain's bankrupting banks, the ECB has said No to the Spanish governments attempts to get it to effectively monetize Spanish government debt through the back door for it knows it won't stop at Euro 29 billion, but soon turn into a flood that will run into the hundreds of billions, when the EU only has a bailout fund left totaling Euro 200 billion.
Spain has flashed financial armageddon and is on the brink of demanding hundreds of billions of euro's in bailout funds to delay bankruptcy, the question mark is Spain too big to bail, because the price exacted on primarily Germany will be several orders of magnitude greater than that expended on Greece, all without a positive outcome.
In my opinion, Spain will demand a bailout within the next couple of weeks, probably coinciding with the Greek elections, and it WILL leave the Euro-zone.
Portugal is ahead of Spain in terms of financial armageddon, already has a Euro 80 billion bailout fund that it's bankrupt banks are busy squandering and government using to finance its budget deficit. What happens when the bailout money runs out (which it will do sooner rather than later).
Ireland's Thieving Banks have Bankrupted Ireland
Ireland has just frightened into voting in favour of austerity for continuing euro-zone bailout cash. The facts are that Ireland's banks have bankrupted Ireland and Ireland remains PERMANENTLY reliant on Euro-zone bailout funds to keep it's economy just flat-lining. The Irish people are in a state of denial, they just cannot comprehend the fact that Ireland is bankrupt. Until the Irish people realise this fact then Ireland will continue to suffer indefinitely as periodically it's bankrupt banks will declare MORE hidden losses and request MORE bailouts of a country that is broke and Ireland will then have to agree to even more austerity if it is to be in receipt of its NEXT German bailout on top if the Euro 67 billion to date.
Italy Will Blow the Whole Euro-zone Apart
Italy remains precariously perched on the edge of financial armageddon, somewhere in between France and Spain. Whilst financial armageddon does not appear imminent, however it would not take much contagion from Greece or Spain to tip Italy over the edge requiring a bailout of several orders of magnitude greater than that which Spain will soon be requesting.
Italy is the huge ticking time bomb that looks set to blow the whole euro-zone apart. Italy WILL leave the euro-zone so that it can resume doing what Italy is best at which is printing money and debasing its currency.
Some good news for France, the ejection from office of Sarkozy has resulted in France being seen as a Euro-zone safe haven benefiting from panicking euros from the likes of Spain and Portugal that has been flooding into French government bonds. Thus buying France some time.
Unfortunately it does not make any difference what happens to France, because it is no longer part of the decision making process or the centre of Financial Armageddon, instead France is a bystander waiting for Euro-zone collapse to play out.
Germany remains the defacto eurozone safe have as interest rates continue to trend to record lows as panicked depositors flock to buy Germany bund's, so as to preserve the value of their fiat currency, because everyone knows that when the dust settles, only Germany will be left standing as the likes of Drachma, Spanish Peseta, Portuguese Escudo, Italian Lira and French Francs plunge against the Deutschmark.
Euro-zone citizens have the potential to make huge profits when after Financial Armageddon funds are converted back into their domestic currencies because they will not be holding Euro's they will be holding Deutschmark's!.
I still see commentary in the mainstream press that Germany will ride to the rescue of the eurozone because they cannot allow the Euro-project to fail. Which is true, that Germany well understands the character of its own nation that requires it to be binded closely to the rest of Europe, which has brought 60 years of peace. However Germany also knows the price for Hyperinflation (which the bankrupting euro-zone are effectively asking of Germany), is ultimately WAR.
Germany IS bending over backwards and IS paying an increasingly heavy price, even thought it knows that all of the money it commits will ultimately have no effect in preventing a collapse of the Euro-zone. Germany is paying this price so that when the Euro-zone does collapse it is not seen as the victor as in the past by the rest of what was the euro-zone but to have also suffered a huge loss as a consequence of euro zone banks and governments defaulting on monies borrowed from German tax payers.
Bottom Line - All Euro-zone citizens should pile into German Bund's ahead of Euro Collapse because they would make a huge profit when their new currency collapses against the Deutschmark and even if by some miracle the Euro-zone does not collapse, at least you can sleep easy knowing that your money is relatively safe.
So Where Does that leave Britain?
Britain continues to benefit hugely at the Eurozone's expense despite on many measures being just as bankrupt as states on near triple the interest rates. Britain is a very temporary safe haven that will have now choice but the ramp up the inflationary money printing presses again to meet the immediate consequences of Financial Armageddon as the UK desperately attempts to prevent it's big banks from collapsing from the hundreds of billions that would be defaulted on owed to British banks from across the euro-zone.
A sub 2% bond yield on an 3% inflation rate is not a sign of health it is a sign that any resolution to the eurozone crisis either good or bad could result in the evaporation of much of Britians safe haven status and the problem for bond investors is that during financial armageddon this switch in market sentiment could literally take place within a matter of hours, so rather than a safe-haven British government bonds are more akin to people jumping from sinking euro-zone life boats onto the British Titanic.
In reality Britain at best should be on par with France in terms of bond yields, so whilst the gap between UK and French bonds has narrowed, there remains a significant risk of the gap evaporating (falling UK bonds) on euro-zone breakup.
The Inflationary Depression
The bottom line is that all roads lead to only one solution as voiced at length in the Inflation Mega-trend ebook of near 2.5 years ago, in that at the end of the day governments have only one choice which is to print money and inflate and that is exactly what all the countries outside of the euro-zone have been engaged in and is exactly what all of the bankrupting euro-zone member countries will ultimately engage in which looks set to continue to Feed the Inflation Mega-trend that has so far largely passed by academics that continue to argue the case of non-existant deflation. For it is important to get this right for it determines the mega-trends for markets, it determines if we have a multi-year bull market in stocks or a multi-year bear market.
The debt and deficits crisis is all relative as long as countries can print money, which means they will monetize it all. How far will they go ? We shall soon see, but for now we are in an continuing Inflation Mega-trend and have been for the past 3 years whilst the academics continue to argue the case for debt deleveraging deflation which I warned was a red herring over 2 1/2 years ago - 18 Nov 2009 - Deflationists Are WRONG, Prepare for the INFLATION Mega-Trend.
Inflation Hell Coming to Euro-zone Europe
The bottom line is that most of the Euro-zone countries are heading straight for inflation hell, how much inflation is difficult to estimate as Inflation tends to act as a feedback loop courtesy of the wage price spiral, but a good initial pointer would be euro-zone country specific respective 10 year bond yields which suggests Greece can expect an Inflation rate of at least 30%, Spain 7%, Portugal 14%, Ireland 8%, Italy 7%, and on the flip side Germany on far lower inflation rate of sub 1% if not outright deflation! Which I am sure that ALL of the academics will solely focus upon. The unknown quantity is France, my best guesstimate is that French inflation will be somewhere near that of Britain's 3%.
Financial Armageddon Money Printing
All politicians only have ONE answer to crisis and that is to print money, the Euro-zones response to Financial Armageddon will be no different, because as the bank runs accelerate from the rest of the PIIGS following a Greece Exit then so will the response from the ECB to provide unlimited liquidity in an attempt to ensure the euro-zone banking system does not collapse. All of that money printing will be highly inflationary as the flood of euro's will plunge the single currency as depositors seek relative safe haven currencies.
Forget Currency Wars, What We Have Are Inflation Wars
An Inflationary Depression is generally good for asset markets and commodities as ever increasing volumes of fiat currency cycles through sectors, creating ever expanding cycles of booms and busts as part of the ever expanding Inflationary Spiral, as countries engage in COMPETIIVE INFLATION.
So next time you hear the Deflation mantra, ask them "so how come the prices in the shops keep going up?". Don't be brushed aside by BS to justify being wrong such as reference to the Dow / Gold Ratio, for one thing academics are good at is showing lack of consistency, hopping from measure to measure to justify being wrong. When inflation is exactly what it has always been which is the measure of general prices of goods and services in an economy that anyone with any commonsense fully understands.
Financial Armageddon WIll be Good for the Markets!
Whilst the lead up to Financial Armageddon is resulting in much pain for investors and traders alike. However, my expectation's are for the majority of observed trends to start reversing as the Financial Armageddon uncertainty starts to dissipate, so in a way Financial Armageddon would be GOOD for the markets because markets DISCOUNT THE FUTURE (and the future is INFLATIONARY), and the problem we have in the lead up to the present is that the future has INCREASINGLY been UNCERTAIN. In such a climate of increasing uncertainty, markets increasingly discount even greater FUTURE UNCERTAINTIES in a sort of feed back loop, and hence you have what we have seen in the stock and commodity markets, coupled with the flight of funds into bankrupt money printing nation bonds such as the USA and UK.
Therefore No matter what the actual outcome is, and how bad the mainstream press will paint it as, as a total disaster, know this that once future uncertainty starts to dissipate then we will tend to see a reversal in the majority of the trends that have been in force for the past few months, i.e. markets such as stocks, commodities and Euro should rally and markets such as US and UK, bonds, dollar and sterling fall.
Now, this WILL NOT be apparent in the Price charts because uncertainty EQUALs volatility in Market price Junctures, it is NOT TREND ANALYSIS, and it is not Juncture Analysis, It is what should be termed as Uncertainty Dissipation Analysis. To realise when uncertainty is dissipating the signs for which are not only to watch for unfolding news events but in inter-market relationships, because not all markets turn at the same .
So whilst I could continue here with detailed trend analysis for various markets, know that at the present time far more important than trend is the future expectation for dissipation of uncertainty. But in the meantime I will give you an indication of what I am doing / planning :
Gold has a dual role, in that it is both a trending market and a safe haven (at times), the very recent reversal in Gold is a sign of the dust starting to settle in terms of approaching resolution of the uncertainty surrounding Greece and market realisation of where rest of the Euro-zone is heading (for the exit). This is what Gold is reacting to.
Whilst it has been quite a while since I last looked at or traded Gold, however I have seen an opportunity to add to my physical gold bullion holdings on the sell off below $1600, which I do not class as an investment but rather some insurance in case SHTF, because I will only ever call on bullion holdings when everything else has gone up in smoke!
My strategy all along since Mid December has been to sell into an expected early year rally as opportunities presented themselves to offload individual stocks, which had taken my holding from 40% of assets in Mid December to about 10% a month ago and more like 8% today.
The ongoing severe sell off in stocks is perking my interest into buying back into target stocks. I will look at detailed analysis of stocks and Gold in future newsletters, ensure you remain subscribed to be my ALWAYS FREE Newsletter to get this analysis in your email in box.
Your analyst ultimately seeing Euro-zone Financial Armageddon as a positive resolution to the crisis.
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By Nadeem Walayat
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