Friday, May 22, 2015

Greece's Open Issues

The wave of hyped, fake optimism exuded by Tsipras about a deal soon being reached between Greece and the Troika has of course been well and truly quashed.

Merkel has said that further work needs to be done with the Troika. As noted before, Merkel has in the past told Tsipras that it is not in her gift to disburse funds nor to persuade the Troika to do a deal.

Quite why Tsipras doesn't understand that is beyond me.

For the record the "open issues", as Bloomberg describes them, between the Troika and Greece include:

- Pensions
- Vat
- Targets for a primary budget surplus

These issues will never be closed; because Greece has neither the intention, nor the ability, to resolve them!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

No Extension, No Disbursement, No Greece

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Varoufakis On Schaeuble

Greece Deliberately Poisons The Well

Despite Varoufakis claiming a couple of days ago that a deal was imminent, the Greek government is determined to bollocks up the faux negotiations and poison the well.

As per Reuters:
"The Greek government's parliamentary speaker said on Wednesday that Athens will not make a payment to the IMF that falls due on June 5 unless it has reached a deal with its creditors by then."
That all but screws up the minuscule chance the Greece might have had of gaining some form of reprieve.

It's game over folks!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Varoufakis Expects Deal Within a Week

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Star TV that he expects an agreement with the Troika within the next week.

Same old same old.

There is no justification for this hype or optimism, it will go the same way as all previous optimistic headlines about a deal being imminent have gone! 

UK Not Yet In Deflation

Much like a recession, negative inflation becomes deflation when it is persistent over two successive quarters.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Greek Government Spokesman Starts Bank Run

Greece Gives Two Fingered Salute To Troika

With that gesture, Greece flounces off without any further bailout or help.

Greek Municipalities Refuse To Play Ball With Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras
Unsurprisingly Greek municipalities are not playing ball with Tsipras, and his Dick Turpin cash grab. They are refusing to hand over their money to the central government.

I wonder if the embassies are being more compliant?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Greece Asks Embassies To Hand Over Cash

In a sign of utter desperation, Athens has requested its foreign embassies and consulates to hand over their spare funds to the government in order to stave off a domestic default on pensions, wages etc.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Barclays May Face $60M Fine

Bloomberg reports that Barclays Plc will probably be fined for violating a three-year-old settlement over interest-rate rigging, the amount of the fine may be up to $60M.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Greece Sets New "Deadline"


Had they really wanted a deal they would have made one in the last 100+ days since being elected to office.

Varoufakis Blames The Media

Varoufakis Calls For Debt Push Back

Varoufakis has called for Greece's debt repayments to the ECB to be pushed back.

Fat chance, the ECB and Greece's other creditors are not going to budge!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Greece Back In Recession

Game Over For Greece

With less than Euro100M left in the kitty, yesterday's farcical escrow raid to pay the IMF and the IMF pulling the plug on participating in any future bailouts it is game over for Greece.

Despite believing in the irrevocable nature of the eurozone experiment (even though all currency unions end in failure) the members of the eurozone are now putting together a loan package to hand over to Greece when it exits the eurozone.

At best Greece might have just under a month left. However, it is quite probable it exits any day now.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Greek Government Steals From Escrow Account

Greece Runs Out of Cash In Two Weeks

As expected, no deal with Greece has been struck at yesterday's Eurogroup meeting.

Right on cue up pops "sidelined" Varoufakis (who still holds office), warning that Greece will run out of cash in two weeks and that the liquidity issue is "terribly urgent":
"The liquidity issue is a terribly urgent issue. It's common knowledge, let's not beat around the bush.

From the perspective [of timing], we are talking about the next couple of weeks."
Then why oh why has the Greek government squandered the last 100+ days since it was elected to office?

The Germans have all but given up on Greece, and are now pushing for Greece to hold a referendum in the hope that Greece self exits from the eurozone.

Monday, May 11, 2015

EU Doesn't Think Greece Can Pay IMF

Greece Has No Money

Greeks Can't Eat Their Cake and Have It Too

Friday, May 08, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Greece Taxes Cash

Greece Blames Everyone and Juncker On Edge of Breakdown

As Greece blames everyone but themselves for the ongoing failure to implement reforms, Juncker now sees an evil Anglo Saxon plot to destroy the eurozone.

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. It seems that both Greece and the eurozone are heading for an almighty disaster, which they will blame on everyone but themselves.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Greece's Reality Gap

As per the FT, the IMF is of the view that either Athens takes drastic austerity measures or eurozone bailout lenders will have to agree to debt write-offs to get Athens’ debt back on a sustainable path:
"The IMF thinks the gap between the two realities is very large right now."
The optimism espoused by Greece, and some participants of the ongoing talks, is clearly misplaced (no surprises there then!).

Monday, May 04, 2015

Varoufakis Predicts Death of Eurozone

Varoufakis has spoken about the eurozone noting if it "doesn't change it will die", adding that
"no country, not only Greece, should have joined such a shaky common monetary system."