peso el tacòn del buso


A 2nd, European BLACK MONDAY, 6 ottobre 2008.

Today European stocks are losing as never happened since 1987.

foto (Mara Bastone, AFP \ Getty Images): l’altro Black Monday, quello del 1987

I mercati finanziari, stanno oggi bocciando pesantemente le autorità monetarie US ed europee:


– la radicale insufficienza, il ritardo e la logica assente del grande bail-out di Paulson (le cui vere dimensioni non sono di $0,85 trilioni, ma assai di più, ma non bastano in un POZZO SENZA FONDO ed un EFFETTO DOMINO innesacoto dala loro GIORNATA DI DISTRAZIONE IL 15 SETTEMBRE SCORSO: Lehan Bros).

– IL “FINANCIAL SOCIALISM” classista, inventato a marzo (Bear Stearn bailout) dai LIBERISTI PENTITI (ma sempre banditi di classe, dalla parte dei RENTIERS) del Tesoro, d’intesa con la Fed di Bernanke (e Geitner, il giovane ambizioso Direttore della Fed nell’occhio del ciclone: NY).


– la fellonia dei 4 paesi non-leader europei riunitisi sabato a Parigi per non decidere nulla: per decidere di non decidere e fare nulla a livello sovra-nazionale, ma solo IN ORDINE SPARSO. Il non-piano Merkel. Milano sta crollando nel pomeriggio (prima della chiusura) più del 7,4% dell’11 settembre 2001, vengono giù le borse prima asiatiche (che anticipano una dura crisi creditizia europea), e poi le europee del 7-8%, Milano peggio di tutte seguita da Londra e tutte le altre.   Più tardi Parigi cade del 9%, peggio dell’8% di Milano. Anche NY attorno al – 5% ed il Dw SOTTO LA SOGLIA PSICOLOGICA di 10.000.  Le banche scendono a precipizio, ma non specificamente UniCredit (il titolo, sceso al -15%, dopo sospensioni si e’ risollevato al – 3% diventando la migliore azione della giornata: le decisioni del Consiglio di riconsolidare il capitale  l’hanno fatto tenere).

Il Banco Popolare (titolo bancario oggi più debole) perde il 16%, Intesa Sp – 12% e Telecom scende sotto  1 euro per azione.

La decisione tedesca di assicurare tutti i depositi bancari (seguendo l’Islanda) e’ stata correttamente  letta come: “allora la situazione e’ assai peggio di come ce  la raccontavano”, ed ha creato l’attesa che gli altri paesi la introducano. Sospensioni  delle contrattazioni in Brasile e Russia.

Notizie, cronache del pomeriggio da: bbc, breakingnews, ft e wsj.


Page last updated at 16:01 GMT, Monday, 6 October 2008 17:01 UK

Financial crisis pummels stocks

World stock markets have plunged after government bank bail-outs in the US and Europe failed to stem fears of slower global economic growth.

London’s key UK share index lost 7.85% and France’s Cac-40 lost 9.04%. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones fell below 10,000 points for the first time since 2003. (…)

Trading on key stock markets in Brazil and Russia was temporarily suspended after share prices plummeted by 10% and 15% respectively. Russia’s RTS index ended 19.1% down.

breakingviews, 11:53

Decisiveness deficit

European banks: It was another tough weekend for European politicians and bankers. They did what they were supposed to, but it looks like another tough week lies ahead.

The authorities are certainly trying. On Sunday morning, three European banks faced serious challenges. The rescues of Hypo Real Estate in Germany and the Belgian part of Fortis had proven inadequate, while the Italian Unicredit looked short of capital.

By October 6, these problems had been resolved – by a bigger rescue, a takeover and a capital raising respectively. Not bad for a region with a reputation for muddled indecision. There were also new deposit guarantees in Germany, Austria and Denmark, warm words from the leaders of the four largest economies and broad hints of a recapitalisation of UK banks.

But investors weren’t comforted. The region’s stock markets dropped by 5-6% early on October 6 …

It shouldn’t have come to this. A year ago, Europe looked well placed to fend off financial ills. True, the UK had US-style problems with a housing bubble and a big trade deficit, but the eurozone had few bubbles, balanced trade, reasonably prudent governments, a firm central bank and a strong tradition of government guidance and support in banking.

It turned out, though, that some European banks had dabbled too much in overvalued and overly complex US assets. The authorities have also been slow. Governments solutions to institutional problems have been fragmentary and central bank liquidity provision reactive.

With Asia slowing and the US struggling, Europe cannot depend on the rest of the world to rebuild confidence. It needs to act boldly itself. Perhaps the UK, the most troubled of the big European economies, will take the lead. A comprehensive reorganisation – with taxpayers getting preferred shares and banks being led to an orderly deleveraging – could be just what the markets need.


Government action fails to halt global sell-off

By Michael Hunter and Neil Dennis in London and Lindsay Whipp in Tokyo

Published: October 6 2008 08:35 | Last updated: October 6 2008 17:04

Stocks suffered sharp falls on Monday, as worries about the extent of the crisis in the financial sector deepened after finance ministers failed to reach a consensus on how to react.

WSJ on line nel pomeriggio:

October 6, 2008, 9:13 am

Just Another Manic Monday

Posted by David Gaffen

U.S. markets are in for it this morning. The passage of the bailout bill Friday has not alleviated concerns about credit markets, particularly those in Europe, where a series of capital injections and bank failures has undermined confidence in those markets, which do not benefit from a central federalized system as in the U.S.


* OCTOBER 6, 2008, 11:03 A.M. ET

Bank Turmoil Sinks European Shares

European stocks plunged Monday as a wave of emergency government measures failed to stem concerns about the region’s financial system and economy. (…)

European policy-makers spent their weekend shoring up the financial system. The German government moved Sunday night to arrange a bailout for property lender Hypo Real Estate Holding AG. German officials also issued a guarantee for all consumer bank deposits. The Belgian and Luxembourg governments arranged for French bank BNP Paribas SA to take over the Belgian and Luxembourg operations of ailing financial firm Fortis NV after a previous aid plan failed to prevent customers from leaving. Iceland’s government is also scrambling to rescue its banking industry, while Denmark late Sunday took measures to protect its financial stability. The wave of measures largely overshadowed the passage of the U.S. government’s $700 billion market bailout last Friday.

“People are waiting,” said Benoit Hubaud, head of research at French bank Societe Generale in Paris. “They’re trying to understand the consequences of what has been announced.” (…)

In the credit markets, the cost of insuring against default on €10 million of European company debt for five years jumped to about €134,500 annually, from €125,000 Friday, according to the Markit iTraxx index. (…)

Worse, the markets that banks rely on for funding remained under severe pressure, despite efforts by the world’s central banks in recent weeks to pump more cash into the financial system.

The London interbank offered rate, which is supposed to reflect the short-term rates at which banks lend to one another, rose for overnight dollar loans to 2.37% from 2% Friday. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s target for the overnight rate is 2%. Three-month dollar Libor improved slightly, falling to 4.29% from 4.33%. However, a key gauge of concerns about banks — the difference between three-month Libor and market expectations for central-bank target rates — rose to 2.89 percentage points from 2.84 percentage points. Euro-based Libor rates also rose, with the three-month rate hitting 5.34% from 5.33%.

“The situation is not improving at all,” said Societe Generale’s Mr. Hubaud, who added that he expects central bankers to cut interest rates soon to pump blood into the global economy.


* OCTOBER 6, 2008, 11:11 A.M. ET

Dow Dips Under 10000 As Bank Woes Persist

The U.S. market’s drop comes on the heels of a plunge in European markets during the overnight hours in New York. Investors around the world are increasingly worried that a deep global economic slowdown is taking hold despite measures like last week’s bailout of Wall Street and moves by the Federal Reserve prior to Monday’s opening bell to further encourage bank lending.

“It’s hard to be bullish based on monetary policy or bailouts alone,” said Chris Johnson, president of Johnson Research Group, in Cincinnati. “It doesn’t address the fundamentals of the stock market, which have some very deep problems right now.”

Lehman is dead: will Paulsson save the Queen? How?


As we already forecasted in March (on reading  Lehman Brothers budgets, Finch data and RGE analysis), and repeated meanwhile in many blog posts (search Lehman  in this blog), the 4th US financial bank is now a walking dead, and after the end of the prospective acquisition by Korea developent  bank, its shares lost 50% in 2 days (43% in a day), then another 40% on Sept. 11. In the last Q it lost another $4 bn.

Sept. 13 update. 

Slate summary: The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal lead with, and the Los Angeles Times fronts, an emergency meeting between major bank heads and the Federal Reserve. Sick of underwriting bailouts, the government is hoping to broker an “industry solution” for the impending liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc., the ailing investment bank.


Now it is to the couple Paulsson (former financial manager) – Bernanke to act.

We bet it will be another move toward  Financial Socialism (but WHICH move, this time?), although some contradictions might arise within and between the two, Paulsson:

– on the one hand more willing to invest the taxpayer money he doesn’t actually have – JUST STRONGER DEBTS REPLACING WEAKER DEBTS, financial entitlements’ circulation -,

– on the other hand with public relations problems in the “societe’ du spectacle” political scene. In fact, the Naked Capitalism blog (fully quoted below), as well as other observers, think that THIS TIME Paulsson needs to show he is not a Trojan Horse of Wall St. at Washington (WHAT HE ACTUALLY IS, of course: By definition), and therefore he will not play the full bail-out as with Bear Stearns.


deal journal, wsj:

When it comes to banks and thrifts, the Federal Reserve and Treasury have a wealth of legally approved options, including taking over and liquidating assets or creating a “bridge bank.” When it comes to broker-dealers like Lehman, federal regulators have only a hammer, a plumb line and a wrench. They can force a shotgun marriage, arrange a line of credit or put their authority–often referred to as “moral suasion”–behind an industry-led bailout of Lehman.

the deal jo. suggests these potential buyers, BUT (opposite to such optimism) TIME SEEM OVER  for such a market-lead bailout (see again Naked Capitalism, among other observers): 

rge monitor, sept. 10


How Would Authorities Deal With Another Run On A Broker Dealer?           

  • Naked capitalism: Would Paulson let Lehman fail? “The short answer is yes: Unlike Bear, Lehman is not a big credit default swaps protection writer
  • Paulson Chatham House speech, July 2: “We need to create a resolution process that ensures the financial system can withstand the failure of a large complex financial firm” –> For the long term, Hank Paulson envisages separate resolution processes for deposit institutions and investment banks. Bernanke and FDIC’s Sheila Bair also advocate separate resolution processes
  • Paulson at Committee Hearings, July 10: There are however systemically important institutions that need government intervention in case of a run.“Looking beyond immediate market challenges, the trigger for invoking government’s emergency authorities should be very high – such as filing for bankruptcy”


naked capitalism’s LEHMAN DEATH WATCH

today, sept. 11:

The market’s reaction to Lehman’s way worse than expected earnings announcement of $3.9 billion in loses due to $5.6 billion in writedowns was ugly, but even uglier is the lack of much (any?) progress towards getting the firm out of its fix. Yes, dividends are being cut, but the other two key elements, spinning off much of the troubled commercial real estate portfolio to shareholders and selling (well, sort of, as we will discuss) its asset management business.

But what would be left? A firm shorn of its best asset, now even more heavily skewed toward fixed income, which by all appearances is suffering not only a cyclical but also a secular decline. The private securitization market is much smaller than it used to be and does not appear likely to return to its former size for a very long time. if ever.

The new (or rather, more openly discussed theme) was can and should Fuld survive? Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have reports on that topic, never a good sign. However, who would take his job? 


The Journal story has some good reporting on how Fuld’s pushing for the best deal and impatience undid some possible deals.

Bloomberg tells us Lehman’s fate hinges on the sale of a stake its asset management unit, But the story contends Fuld is overplaying his hand:

“Fuld doesn’t want to let it go,” said Bruce Foerster, a former Lehman executive who is president of South Beach Capital Markets in Miami. “He went out of his way to buy it and he knows it’s a good asset.”…

Even a successful sale may not be enough to satisfy credit- rating companies.

sept. 10

Lehman Death Watch: Will Paulson Let Lehman Fail?

The short answer is yes, but we need to define fail. (…)

Even though Bear and Lehman are similar in size, their business mix differs in ways that make Lehman dispensable. In fact, Paulson almost needs to let a financial player fail to prove that he is not a toady of the industry.

Reuters labels it “an insolvent firm”.

sept. 9

Merrill. Lehman Trading Operations Valued at Zero by Market

We had noted earlier that the price discussions around the possible sale by Lehman of a stake in its asset management operations valued the rest of the firm at close to zero. A story at Bloomberg has taken this line of thinking one step further.


From Bloomberg:


    Lehman’s market capitalization of $11.2 billion is almost equal to the value of its asset-management arm, which includes Neuberger Berman Inc. That leaves its main business of trading stocks and bonds as having little worth. The numbers are similar for Merrill Lynch & Co.: Take out its retail-brokerage and asset- management businesses, and the investors’ valuation of the rest of the third-biggest U.S. securities firm is zero.

    After being the most profitable business on Wall Street, generating more than $65 billion in pretax profits for the four largest U.S. securities firms between 2002 and 2006, trading has become a black hole. It still accounts for about half of the revenue at the Wall Street firms. Yet Lehman Chief Executive Officer Richard Fuld and Merrill CEO John Thain have been unable to convince shareholders to attach a value to the businesses.

Sept. 7

We were willing to be proven wrong in our skepticism of Korea Development Bank’s pursuit acquiring a stake in Lehman. We had no doubts about the interest; the KDB CEO was the former Seoul branch manager for Lehman and full bore behind a deal. But the reception of the Korean government, which had to approve the deal, was lukewarm at best. It’s rare for an individual to overcome official indifference and inertia. We had noted that the Korean bureaucrats could simply study the deal to death, that would put an end to it with every having to official turn the KDB or Lehman down.

And the rumors about other possible suitors have been simply bizarre.

 (…) so the firm is on to Plan B, discussed earlier in the week, to spin off problematic mortgages into a separate entity. From Times on line: (…)


If the Korean deal falls through, Lehman will press ahead with a sale of its Neuberger Berman investment-management business, estimated to be worth up to $10 billion – roughly equivalent to the entire company’s current market capitalisation.