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Archive for October 13th, 2011

ECB and Euro zone on Greek debt haircuts

Posted by WARREN MOSLER on 13th October 2011

So how do you reconcile these two releases?

How about, they want the market to price in large haircuts so the ECB can buy the bonds that much cheaper?

Just guessing!

ECB Says Private-Sector Involvement in Rescues is Stability Risk

By Jeff Black

October 13 (Bloomberg) — The ECB said the involvement of the private sector in euro-area bailouts through enforced investor losses is a risk to financial stability and would have “direct negative effects” on the banking sector. While private-sector involvement “is certain to place significant stress on the solvency of banks and other private financial institutions in the country concerned, it will also have an impact on the balance sheets of banks in other euro-area countries,” the bank said in its monthly bulletin today. “The ECB has strongly advised against all concepts that are not purely voluntary or that have elements of compulsion, and has called for the avoidance of any credit events and selective default or default.”

Europe eyes bigger Greek losses for banks

By Jan Strupczewski

October 12 (Reuters) — Euro zone countries will ask banks to accept losses of up to 50 percent on their holdings of Greek debt. Ahead of a make-or-break summit of European leaders on October 23 at which a comprehensive new Franco-German crisis plan is expected to be discussed, four euro zone officials told Reuters that a “haircut” of between 30 and 50 percent for Greece’s private creditors was under consideration. That is far more than the 21 percent loss they had asked banks, pension funds and other financial institutions to accept in July as part of a second rescue package for Athens.

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Cain Beats Romney as GOP Frontrunner for Primary

Posted by WARREN MOSLER on 13th October 2011

Shows how quick Republicans are to ‘step up’ from Romney. Shows there’s a lot more than racism working against President Obama.

And shows translating Tea Party rhetoric into logically consistent policy proposals is highly problematic at best.

With Cain leading, his 999 proposal is suddenly getting more serious media attention, and getting ripped to shreds.

Leaves the Republicans, and the nation, without any headline proposals to debate, Romney holding on as the default candidate, and President Obama holding on to a narrow lead.

Cain Beats Romney as GOP Frontrunner for Primary

By John Harwood

October 12 (CNBC) — Business executive Herman Cain has jumped to the top of the volatile Republican presidential race in a campaign season dominated by economic anxiety.

Among Republican primary voters, Cain leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 27 percent to 23 percent, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who led the August NBC/WSJ survey with 38 percent supported, plummeted to third place with 16 percent. He was followed by Rep. Ron Paul with 11 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 8 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann with 5 percent, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman with 3 percent and former Sen. Rick Santorum with 1 percent.

Cain’s rapid rise, from 5 percent in the previous poll, underscores the volatility of the 2012 GOP nomination contest. Like the rank-and-file’s earlier flirtations with Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann and Perry, this one, too, may not last.

Bill McInturff, the Republican pollster who conducts the Journal/NBC survey with his Democratic counterpart Peter Hart, cautioned that this latest “speculative bubble” reflects the Republican base sifting a presidential field without a dominant front-runner. Romney holds a lead in fund-raising and in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, but has so far been unable to capture the heart of his party.

“He’s the remainder-man candidate for the Republicans,” Hart said. “Acceptable, but not their first choice.”

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Proposals for the lingering housing crisis

Posted by WARREN MOSLER on 13th October 2011

1. US Regulators can make it illegal for their banks, housing agencies, and other publicly supported entities to refuse to refi on the basis of appraisals and income. Those loans were made, and priced, with the understanding that when long rates fall they get refinanced at the lower rates.

2. A rent to own option where a homeowner has the option to sell his home to the govt. at the lower of his mtg balance or current appraisal before a foreclosure sale, and then rent the home at fair market rent for two years. At the end of two years the home gets offered for sale at fair market prices, and the homeowner has right of first refusal to buy it and finance it at current market interest rates if he has paid his rent as agreed.

The housing crisis is still with us only because these proposals were not implemented when first proposed in 2008.

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