Soros Says "Crisis Far From Over, We Have Just Entered Act 2"

The bearish case has just gotten another notable supporter in the face of George Soros, who during his remarks at a conference in Vienna, said that the “we have only just entered Act II” of the global financial crisis.

Bloomberg reports:

Billionaire investor George Soros said “we have just entered Act II” of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen.

“The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,” Soros said today at a conference in Vienna. “Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.”

Concern that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis may spread sent the euro to a four-year low against the dollar on June 7 and has wiped out more than $4 trillion from global stock markets this year. Europe’s debt-ridden nations have to raise almost 2 trillion euros ($2.4 trillion) within the next three years to refinance maturing bonds and fund deficits, according to Bank of America Corp.

“When the financial markets started losing confidence in the credibility of sovereign debt, Greece and the euro have taken center stage, but the effects are liable to be felt worldwide,” Soros said.

One wonders if Soros, who made a name for himself originally in the currency markets, is involved in the current record FX volatility. Of course, with animosity toward “speculators” at unprecedented levels, it probably would not be very prudent of anyone to disclose they are now taking on Central Banks directly.

Emerging markets at risk from a gigantic bubble

From :FT

By orchestrating a massive appreciation of the yen in the mid 1980s, the US condemned Japan to decades of stagnation and ended the challenge to its own economic hegemony. Effectively, Japan was forced to commit financial hara-kiri.

This theory, once confined to Japan’s nationalistic fringe, is now being used by the Chinese authorities to justify their resistance to a substantial revaluation of the renminbi. By so doing they are misdiagnosing Japan’s woes and misperceiving the true threat to their own economy. The threat to China does not lie in an appreciating currency, but elsewhere.

Here’s what happened in the case of Japan. In the Plaza Accord of 1985 the G7 attempted to address global imbalances – worrying then, but small beer by today’s standards – by “encouraging” significant changes in currency parities. They got what they wanted. The yen took off and never looked back.

Japanese policymakers accepted the loss of competitiveness not because they were submissive, but because they were brimming with self-confidence. They believed their economy would survive any downturn with little damage, and they were right: the recession of 1986 was short and shallow.

Furthermore they saw a strong yen as a useful weapon in a world in which Japan’s trading partners were imposing quotas on its most successful companies. Again they were right. The all-powerful yen allowed Japanese auto makers to build up manufacturing capacity inside key Western markets.

They also believed it was high time to shift the Japanese economy from exports to consumption, and that a stronger yen would raise the purchasing power of households. Here, though, they were wrong.

The spending spree of the late 1980s – when Japanese salarymen sprinkled gold-flakes on their noodles and secretaries stayed in the same upmarket Hawaiian resorts as American chief executives – is now a distant memory. Continue reading »

European Bank Stress Test – Full List of Banks to be Examined

Details of what the much talked about stress test of European banks will examine is out. A total of 91 European banks will be involved in the stress tests (full list of banks being tested are shown below). The test which is being overseen by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) states:

The objective of the extended stress test exercise is to assess the overall resilience of the EU banking sector and the banks’ ability to absorb further possible shocks on credit and market risks, including sovereign risks, and to assess the current dependence on public support measures.

The exercise is being conducted on a bank-by-bank basis using commonly agreed macro-economic scenarios (baseline and adverse) for 2010 and 2011, developed in close cooperation with the ECB and the European Commission.

The macro-economic scenarios include a set of key macro-economic variables (e.g. the evolution of GDP, of unemployment and of the consumer price index), differentiated for EU Member States, the rest of the EEA countries and the US. The exercise also envisages adverse conditions in financial markets and a shock on interest rates to capture an increase in risk premia linked to a deterioration in the EU government bond markets.

On aggregate, the adverse scenario assumes a 3 percentage point deviation of GDP for the EU compared to the European Commission’s forecasts over the two-year time horizon. The sovereign risk shock in the EU represents a deterioration of market conditions as compared to the situation observed in early May 2010.

The scope of the stress testing exercise has been extended to include not only the major EU cross-border banking groups but also key domestic credit institutions in Europe. {…}

The results of the stress test will be disclosed, both on an aggregated and on a bank-by-bank basis, on 23 July 2010.

It should be noted that a stress testing exercise does not provide forecasts of expected outcomes, but rather a what-if analysis aimed at supporting the supervisory assessment of the adequacy of capital of European banks. {…}

We all remember the stress test that was applied to American financial institutions in early 2009. It took months for the Federal Reserve to decide how to conduct the testing and then how to release the results so as not to upset anyone. Will the Europeans tell it like it is, or will they follow Tim Geithner’s past action of ‘just don’t say much’ ?

The full list of European banks that will undergo stress testing:

 

Austria

  • ERSTE GROUP BANK AG
  • RAIFFEISEN ZENTRALBANK OESTERRREICH AG (RZB)

Belgium

  • KBC GROUP
  • DEXIA

Cyprus

  • MARFIN POPULAR BANK PUBLIC CO LTD
  • BANK OF CYPRUS PUBLIC CO LTD

Denmark

  • DANSKE BANK
  • JYSKE BANK A/S
  • SYDBANK A/S

Finland

  • OP-POHJOLA GROUP

France

  • BNP PARIBAS
  • CREDIT AGRICOLE
  • BPCE
  • SOCIETE GENERALE

Germany

  • DEUTSCHE BANK AG
  • COMMERZBANK AG
  • HYPO REAL ESTATE HOLDING AG
  • LANDESBANK BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
  • BAYERISCHE LANDESBANK
  • DZ BANK AG DT. ZENTRAL-GENOSSENSCHAFTSBANK
  • NORDDEUTSCHE LANDESBANK -GZ-
  • DEUTSCHE POSTBANK AG
  • WESTLB AG
  • HSH NORDBANK AG
  • LANDESBANK HESSEN-THÜRINGEN GZ
  • LANDESBANK BERLIN AG
  • DEKABANK DEUTSCHE GIROZENTRALE
  • WGZ BANK AG WESTDT. GENO. ZENTRALBK

Greece

  • NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE
  • EFG EUROBANK ERGASIAS S.A.
  • ALPHA BANK
  • PIRAEUS BANK GROUP
  • AGRICULTURAL BANK OF GREECE S.A. (ATEbank)
  • TT HELLENIC POSTBANK S.A.

Hungary

  • OTP BANK NYRT.
  • JELZÁLOGBANK NYILVÁNOSAN M?KÖD? RT.

Ireland

  • BANK OF IRELAND
  • ALLIED IRISH BANKS PLC

Italy

  • UNICREDIT
  • INTESA SANPAOLO
  • MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA
  • BANCO POPOLARE – S.C.
  • UNIONE DI BANCHE ITALIANE SCPA (UBI BANCA)

Luxembourg

  • BANQUE ET CAISSE D’EPARGNE DE L’ETAT
  • BANQUE RAIFFEISEN

Malta

  • BANK OF VALLETTA (BOV)

?Netherlands

  • ING Bank
  • RABOBANK GROUP
  • ABN/ FORTIS BANK NEDERLAND (HOLDING) N.V
  • SNS BANK

Poland

  • POWSZECHNA KASA OSZCZ?DNO?CI BANK POLSKI S.A. (PKO BANK POLSKI)

Portugal

  • CAIXA GERAL DE DEPÓSITOS
  • BANCO COMERCIAL PORTUGUÊS BANCO COMERCIAL PORTUGUÊSS.A. (BCP OR MILLENNIUM BCP)
  • ESPÍRITO SANTO FINANCIAL GROUP S.A. (ESFG)
  • BANCO BPI

Slovenia

  • NOVA LJUBLJANSKA BANKA (NLB)

Spain

  • BANCO SANTANDER S.A.
  • BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA S.A. (BBVA)
  • JUPITER –  CAJA DE AHORROS Y MONTE DE PIEDAD DE MADRID (CAJA MADRID); CAJA DE AHORROS DE VALENCIA, CASTELLÓN Y ALICANTE (BANCAJA); CAIXA DÉSTALVIS LAIETANA; CAJA INSULAR DE AHORROS DE CANARIAS; CAJA DE AHORROS Y MONTE DE PIEDAD DE AVILA; CAJA DE AHORROS Y MONTE DE PIEDAD DE SEGOVIA; CAJA DE AHORROS DE LA RIOJA.
  • CAIXA-  CAJA DE AHORROS Y PENSIONES DE BARCELONA (LA CAIXA); CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DE GIRONA.
  • CAM –  CAJA DE AHORROS DEL MEDITERRÁNEO (CAM); CAJA DE AHORROS DE ASTURIAS; CAJA DE AHORROS DE SANTANDER Y CANTABRIA; CAJA DE AHORROSY MONTE DE PIEDAD DE EXTREMADURA.
  • BANCO POPULAR ESPAÑOL, S.A.
  • BANCO DE SABADELL, S.A.
  • DIADA –  CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DE CATALUNYA; CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DE TARRAGONA: CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DE MANRESA.
  • BREOGAN – CAJA DE AHORROS DE GALICIA; CAIXA DE AFORROS DE VIGO, OURENSE E PONTEVEDRA (CAIXANOVA).
  • MARE NOSTRUM –  CAJA DE AHORROS DE MURCIA; CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DEL PENEDES; CAJA DE AHORROS Y MONTE DE PIEDAD DE LAS BALEARES (SA NOSTRA); CAJA GENERAL DE AHORROS DE GRANADA.
  • BANKINTER, S.A.
  • ESPIGA – CAJA DE AHORROS DE SALAMANCA Y SORIA (CAJA DUERO); CAJA DE ESPAÑA DEINVERSIONES CAJA DE AHORROS Y MONTE DE PIEDAD (CAJA ESPAÑA).
  • BANCA CIVICA, S.A.
  • CAJA DE AHORROS Y M.P. DE ZARAGOZA, ARAGON Y RIOJA
  • ANTEQUERA Y JAEN (UNICAJA)
  • BANCO PASTOR, S.A.
  • CAJA SOL –  MONTE DE PIEDAD Y CAJA DE AHORROS SAN FERNANDO DE HUELVA, JEREZ Y SEVILLA (CAJA SOL); CAJA DE AHORRO PROVINCIAL DE GUADALAJARA.
  • BILBAO BIZKAIA KUTXA,AURREZKI KUTXA ETA BAHITETXEA
  • UNNIM – CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DE SABADELL; CAIXA DÉSTALVIS DE TERRASSA; CAIXA DÉSTALVIS COMARCAL DE MANLLEU.
  • CAJA DE AHORROS Y M.P. DE GIPUZKOA Y SAN SEBASTIAN
  • CAI –  CAJA DE AHORROS Y MONTE DE PIEDAD DEL CÍRCULO CATÓLICO DE OBREOS DEBURGOS (CAJA CÍRCULO); MONTE DE PIEDAD Y CAJA GENERAL DE AHORROS DE BADAJOZ; CAJA DE AHORROS DE LA INMACULADA DE ARAGÓN.
  • CAJA DE AHORROS Y M.P. DE CORDOBA
  • BANCA MARCH, S.A.
  • BANCO GUIPUZCOANO, S.A.
  • CAJA DE AHORROS DE VITORIA Y ALAVA
  • CAJA DE AHORROS Y M.P. DE ONTINYENT
  • COLONYA – CAIXA D’ESTALVIS DE POLLENSA

Sweden

  • NORDEA BANK
  • SKANDINAVISKA ENSKILDA BANKEN AB (SEB)
  • SVENSKA HANDELSBANKEN
  • SWEDBANK

?United Kingdom

  • ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (RBS)
  • HSBC HOLDINGS PLC
  • BARCLAYS
  • LLOYDS BANKING GROUP

Regulators to probe euro trades

The regulatory fall-out from the Greek debt crisis grew on Wednesday as EU and US authorities said they would probe trades in the euro and the market in sovereign credit default swaps. European Commission officials said they would use a meeting as early as Thursday with banks and regulators to discuss regulation of trading in sovereign CDS, which have become politically contentious amid Greece’s financial crisis. The US justice department said it was also examining hedge fund trades against the euro.

GM posts strong July sales

The US economy may look a bit sluggish but Government Motors had a good July. GM reported a sales increase of 25% over the same period a year ago…

US equities are well off their lows and EUR/USD and Cable are benefiting. EUR/USD has rebounded to 1.3225. Cable has bounced back to 1.5945.

Democracy Failure Follows Market Failure

Some very spicy comments from the Hungarian prime minister who basically tells the world to get lost (please admire effort to remain polite on his part). In so many words it’s not his fault, it’s the previous administration’s fault. Sounds familiar? Obama has used it at will, Greece has used it, I heard Sarkozy use it, and just about everybody else! Even Republicans who campaigned to “Drill baby drill!” now blame the BP fiasco on Obama. Needless to say political courage is something that no longer exists, and populism has been the only political program offered to us for now a solid 40 years. The natural extension is for a Prime Minister to just walk in and say: “You know what screw you guys, we will default, I am not taking back tax cuts that got me elected, I am not telling people who were promised early retirement that really it’s not feasible, I’m just not going to deal with any of this. Let’s just default and keep doing what we were doing”. In the same line of thought the French PM declared this morning that there is nothing bad about EURUSD at parity.

If you think it’s bad to sell someone a mortgage they can’t pay, how about promising them a lifestyle they can’t afford! Washington has some nerve to blame the financial industry: “a house for every American” was their idea. Granted there is plenty of blame and jail time deserved at many financial institutions but it is true also for Congress. I used to think that over the past 40 years the commodity that was most devalued was human labor but I have changed my mind. A man’s word no longer has any value in most cases. Should the law be changed so that it holds our leaders accountable for their words? Why not, we would get a hell of a clean slate and something to be finally hopeful about. That is change I would believe in for sure. Continue reading »

DOW :Unexpected levels by 22nd June ?

Watch Unexpected levels on 21st-22nd June’10

101% will not write exact level.

But if DOW closes below 9762 level for 3 Concecutive Days

then watch Bloodbath upto 8864-8565 in next few sessions.

It may go below these levels too.But Iam afraid to write ..But if as per my expectation everything goes write…then next week write more …….

Iam Just watching 9762 level very carefully.

Updated at 12:04/08th June/Baroda