Please, click here to read this article in pdf format: november-29-2010 We start the week with three main themes, plus the absence of one. Indeed, yesterday the EU/IMF disclosed the “85 Milliarden Euro Rettungspaket für Irland”. So far, this is to the best of our understanding, what has been agreed to: -In terms of sources, [...]
Please, click here to read this article in pdf format: november-29-2010
We start the week with three main themes, plus the absence of one. Indeed, yesterday the EU/IMF disclosed the “85 Milliarden Euro Rettungspaket für Irland”. So far, this is to the best of our understanding, what has been agreed to:
-In terms of sources, das Paket will consist of EUR17.5BN contributed by Ireland + EUR22.5BN contributed by the IMF + EUR22.5BN contributed by the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism + EUR17.7BN by the European Financial Stability Facility + EUR3.8BN in bilateral loans from the UK + EUR1BN in bilateral loans fra Sverige og Danmark.
We note that the sources of the EUR17.5BN Irish support will be Irish Treasury (yes, I know…) and the National Pension Reserve Fund (no different than what Kirchner did in Argentina a few years ago, when the private pension funds were nationalized and put to good use financing the federal fiscal deficit).
The second theme that will impact this week’s action, and perhaps more to come, is the situation in the Yellow Sea, between the Koreas. The recent mediation by China to hold discussions among the Koreas, Russia, the US and Japan smells to a set-up to us, to buy more time for North Korea. It raises the question too, of whether this would have all not been planned before hand. Now, if South Korea rejects the invitation, it will look bad on them. If they don’t, nothing will come out of it, except that the dictatorship to the north will have won time. This could have been a great opportunity for China to demonstrate they are politically up to their pretension to be a global superpower. Because nothing will be solved, in our view, Asian stocks will be capped on their potential to the upside and the price of gold will keep a premium.
The third theme in our view is the expectation, after Black Friday, that consumer spending is slowly recovering and that this will be a force behind a “trend to rally”. Certainly, the recently announced $600BN monetization of federal debt by the Fed (also known as Quantitative Easing II) will also keep a bid on asset prices.
Lastly, another theme is actually the lack thereof, that we may see more clear if and once the public becomes comfortable with the situation in the EU: Namely, the lack of an exit strategy in the US. See, since the beginning of this year, the EU has been working towards gaining trust. Let’s recap:
First, nobody thought they would pull out a spending cuts program. But so they did! We now have spending cuts from Ireland, UK to Greece. Yes, citizens protested big time, but the cuts are here to stay. Yes, they are not enough, but there is always more to cut and privatizations have not even been discussed yet. What about spending cuts in the US?
Later, nobody believed the EU would really pull out a package for Greece. Yet, they rescued Greece and now Ireland. They even worked out a mechanism to address future crisis and most importantly they put deadlines to them: 2013. What did the US do on its municipal and state debt problem? So far, the municipal bond market suffered a huge outflow of money two weeks ago and Wall Street is making every effort to downplay the issue, as we expect of course, from those who make money distributing this debt.
Finally, the European Central Bank stated that their government purchase bonds would be sterilized. Nobody believed them (we included) and nevertheless, they did so issuing their own debt (EUR65.8BN at Nov 24th) and without driving rates to expensive levels. What has the Fed done? This is all brewing USD weakness in our opinion and it won’t be long till we see it bursting.