Proposals to force depositors in Cyprus to contribute towards a euro zone bailout has shaken the very nature of banking to its roots, according to Dennis Gartman, editor of "The Gartman Letter", who has labeled Cyprus's recently elected President Nicos Anastasiades a "fool".
Cyprus agreed to impose a "one-off levy" which would tax every depositor in a Cypriot bank under 100,000 euros at 6.75 percent, while those with deposits over that amount would face a 9.9 percent tax.
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The deal has surprised many, but for Gartman the proposals can be classified simply as theft.
"The Cypriot government has taken...stolen...taken title to...call it what you will, but we call it theft," he said in a his latest letter released on Monday.
"President Anastasiades is a fool. He said the consequences of rejecting the deal would be the collapse of at least one of Cyprus's major banks, amid widespread weakness in the country's banking system. Instead, he's opted for the full scale assault upon the economic system as a whole and has given cause to the collapse of the EUR itself."