Greece is submitting a long-awaited list of reforms to lenders on Friday in the hope it will unlock badly needed cash, a Greek official said.» Read More
It was pretty wild out there. But instead of chalking this up as simply panic in the market, we should see it as a huge wake up call. All is not well.
As the market dropped our team was watching. A car wreck is a much too pleasant analogy. I was at my desk in 1987, 1989, 9/11, 2008, and I’ve never witnessed what I witnessed yesterday.
For the market to plunge 1000 or so points and then rebound a good bit of the way back is rattling.
Panic has gripped stock markets worldwide over the Greek debt crisis and the threat of a debt-deflation contagion through banks in Europe (primarily) and the U.S. that own the bonds of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and so forth. If these bond asset prices collapse totally, lending facilities would be badly crimped for both the short and long term.
Faithful readers of my weekly market commentary know that I value the opinion of PIMCO bond manager Bill Gross. Gross has compiled a terrific record as a fixed-income manager, and he regularly proves to be ahead of the curve on issues affecting the global economy.
A mood of resignation pervaded the crowd outside the Greek parliament building on Thursday, after lawmakers passed far-reaching three-year budget cuts to deal with Greece’s teetering economy.
Lazard has been hired to assist Greece with its finances. The speculation is Lazard has been hired to assist Greece with a restructuring of its debt. That, of course, has been denied. These guys always deny, deny, deny until it's done.
Once passed, the bill will be signed into law and then presented to the Euro Zone meeting on Friday night. There is likely to be a constitutional challenge to the agreement, but this will not impede the flow of money to Greece.
The ink was barely dry on the $150 billion EU/IMF bailout of Greece when world stock markets tanked on two major fears.
Last Friday, I stated that the vote this week on Friday in Germany was analogous to what occurred in the US Congress leading up to the TARP vote. The uncertainty would drive down the Euro and raise questions over the viability of the union. Now, we’re seeing another aspect arise: attempting to scare the German politicians into voting yes.
The entire premise of the EMU is in question and must be resolved. Either the EU integrates further or dissolves.
Despite the agreement over the weekend to aid Greece, stocks are down sharply again today on similar fears as other nations, especially Portugal and Spain, are also facing severe debt issues. The whole situation also brings into question the strength of the euro currency.
Huge moves up in the yield of Greek paper and a growing concern about other EU members and their ability to grow out of large budget deficits has investors thinking twice.
The big three agencies are once again coming under scrutiny by the investment community. Most are wondering how reliable are their ratings?
Greece announced Sunday a long-delayed rescue package that will require years of painful fiscal belt-tightening, but the deal probably will not defuse the potential threats to other European countries, The New York Times reports.
While the EU/IMF/ECB continuing to work towards an agreement on Greece, my thoughts turn to the voting that will occur next week in Germany.
Just how dumb can you be? The guys that took the other side of the Fabulous Fab-concocted CDO-Squared whatever it was weren't stupid because they bet wrong on the housing market.
While Portugal and Spain are the most recent targets of S&P downgrades, Italy or even Ireland could be next.
With dramatic headlines of Greek troubles spreading and the euro hitting fresh lows against the dollar, the situation grows more critical each day. But today's news only highlights a part of the problem.
The market is highly skeptical about a rescue which was only emphasized by Standard and Poors downgrading the rating on Greece to "junk." Wow guys, way to be timely.