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Greek ATM.  :laugh:

 

Now that did elicit a giggle! The Greeks have managed to prove the rumors that they are pig headed are true.

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A final count showed 229 MPs out of 300 voted in favour of the measures, with 64 voting against and six abstaining.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-16/greece-bailout-parliament-passes-reforms/6623512

 

   Amazing how they all purr like kittens when offered a fist full of Euros, 86 billion of them. The reality is Greece doesn't pay a cent back, instead we get a permanent train of Euro's plunging down the Greek black hole.

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Yep. It  would seem Greeks, like everyone else; bows to the might of money.

What a sad, sad, sad world.

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And There's The ECB Admission

 

 

Draghi just now: ECB exposure to Greek debt is €130 billion.

 
In other words, out of the ~300ish outstanding, the European Central Bank has roughly half of it and is thus exposed to a 100% loss on the entire sum should Greece walk off.
 
How did they wind up with that exposure?  That's simple: Post the first two bailouts they "bought" it from the commercial banks that formerly had it, transferring the risk from private concerns that had taken it on with the intent to make a profit to the entirety of the EU citizenry.
 
I remind you that the ECB has single-digit billions in capital; their leverage on this debt alone is well over 10:1 without any exposure to anything else.
 
Given that everyone says that Greece cannot pay the ECB is factually bankrupt right here, right now.
 
And this is why the market is up wildly on this now-admitted, in-your-face, fact.

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In other words, out of the ~300ish outstanding, the European Central Bank has roughly half of it and is thus exposed to a 100% loss on the entire sum should Greece walk off.

 

Yes, well the most recently published balance statement of the Greek Central Bank showed a couple of liabilities to the ECB.

 

 The smaller one is the "normal" facility deposit of the ECB. This one started the year at 10 billion and rose to 17 billion a few months later.

 

 The larger one is the "abnormal" facility deposit of the ECB. This one started the year at 75 billion and rose to 100 billion a few months later.

 

  So in the course of the first few months the ECB injected 32 billion into the Greek central bank. Much of it was to replace the savings the Greek depositors pulled from the banks. So basically Greeks hardly have a cent in their own banks, only wages that have been going in and such like.

 

  So from the looks of things the total loan assets of the Greek banks was down 130 billion. Early this year liability was to 30 billion of Greek retail deposits and 100 billion of Euro funds to replace Greek deposits that had already walked. Now there is zip.

 

   Greece is simply a chronic kleptocracy. It will spin any story, do any dance to get more money from the Euro's.

 

    Pull the plug on it and set it adrift. Find all the Greek stamped Euro's and trade them for Drachma. Make sure those are German stamped Euro's you got under your bed.

 

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This will fuel the civil war that Marty predicts.

Before the refugee crysis his 2020 revolution didnt make sence, now absolutely!

 

And after that we are growing so old, forget it, Europe is a nice place to visit and then leave again.

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