Show me the money: EU announces *955b* fund to fight ‘wolves’ and ‘speculators’ and ‘defend the Euro’

Update: 9:51am the Euro Tarp is bigger than first announced…waaay bigger:

…They pulled 440 billion euros out of a hat, as a bailout fund for sovereign states. The IMF kicked in another 250 billion, and there’s another 60 billion coming from the EU itself. It’s just under a trillion dollars….

Word is the FED uncapped the swap lines also…rally zombie bull rally like the zombie you are..it’s a zombie world now…

Update: 9:30am EST: DOW opening…soaring on EU bailout and FED opening of swap lines to EMU…DOW up 212, wow NAS up over 100, GOLD down 10 to 1200.20 and holding there…all 30 DOW components open higher…Germany is on the hook for the big dollars…

9:32am: DOW now up 300, FOXBiz notes no curbs to the upside exist, lol…looks like a nice opportunity to SELL into the rally to me, but then I am a bear heh….

Will US markets open up, commodities fall with USDollar and Euro rise? If so, will it last more than a few hours? Only if the EU actually loads their bazooka with serious money. And the Fed better have the sense to stay out of it, the Congress critters will go wild if they try to get involved in the funding mechanism…

Expectations of decisive action buoyed the euro as trading began in Asia. It jumped 1.5 percent to $1.2939 as of 7:59 a.m. in Sydney. EU officials aimed to wrap up the meeting by 2 a.m. Brussels time….

Bloomberg:

European Union finance ministers moved toward agreement on an unprecedented loan package worth at least $645 billion to prevent Greece’s fiscal woes from triggering a broader sovereign-debt crisis and shattering confidence in the euro.Jolted into action by last week’s slide in the currency to a 14-month low and soaring bond yields in Portugal and Spain, the 16 euro governments sketched out plans to make 440 billion euros ($570 billion) available, with 60 billion euros more from the EU’s budget, according to three officials at the talks in Brussels. An additional, unspecified sum may come from the International Monetary Fund, the officials said.

“We are going to defend the euro,” Spanish Economy Minister Elena Salgado told reporters as she arrived to chair the meeting yesterday. “We think we have a duty for more stability for our currency. We will do whatever is necessary.”…

Ahhhoooo the Werewolves of London….it’s the FOXES in the henhouse they should be worrying about…

…“In the night, when the markets are opening, we cannot afford a disappointment,” said Finance Minister Anders Borg of Sweden, one of 11 EU nations not in the euro. “We now see herd behavior in the markets that are really pack behavior, wolfpack behavior.”..

France is using its intelligence agency to try and stop ‘speculation’ IOW they do not want the Euro to trade ‘freely’?

French financial authorities will work with intelligence services to crack down on speculators seeking to profit from the debt crisis by spreading unfounded rumors, the head of the AMF markets watchdog said on Friday.

“We are in a period when rumors are affecting the security of states, the credibility of the euro zone,” AMF president Jean-Pierre Jouyet told I-Tele television.He said market authorities would use all the means at their disposal and would work with the DCRI, a domestic intelligence service that normally handles cases of counter espionage and cybercrime.

If necessary, investigators would look at “everything which might have been exchanged in the form of emails, text messages, anything which might have been put up on internal bulletin boards at banks or funds,” he said.

“If it turns out that certain baseless rumors…are not backed up by…any rigorous analysis, I do not doubt that there will be sanctions against the operators,” he said.

The comments, which follow similar remarks on Thursday by Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, add to a growing chorus of condemnation in Europe of what many politicians have described as speculative attacks against the euro on financial markets….

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May 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Politics, Wall St. Comments off.

El Erian: the contagion of the Greek debt crisis and insolvency of sovereign debt

Changed post title, CNBC had a bad title there, El Erian did not say it was frightening, he said we have serious concerns over the contagion and solvency…

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Yesterday’s interview, which CNBC tried to blame for the market plunge, lol:

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May 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

UK Election results…

Uh oh-‘Britain wakes up to hung parliament’, Gordon Brown is trying to cut a deal with Clegg and keep his seat PM job, unreal, and Stirling is dropping on the news.

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May 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 3 comments.

‘Grecian Formula’ eludes greying economies of Europe

As CalculatedRisk noted last week, Greece is the word….Germany seems to remember the Weimar Republic, they aren’t going into bailout mode easily…their demographics in Western Europe seem to make their entitlement policies unsustainable (excluding Germany)…

AP (ugh!):

Germany rejects the idea of setting up a special fund to bail out eurozone countries, like Greece, that run into fiscal trouble because budgetary problems must be solved at the root, the Finance Ministry said Monday.Spokesman Michael Offer told reporters that a European equivalent to the International Monetary Fund, as has been floated in the German media, “does not appear to be the solution” to a problem such as that plaguing Greece, because it does not get to the “root” of the problem.

Greece must reduce its budget deficit by four percentage points this year and bring it down to 3 percent of gross domestic product by 2012, Offer said. That is in line with requirements for participation in the common currency.

“The problem is in Greece and therefore there is no way around … the painful austerity measures,” he said. Offer stressed that the IMF, which provides loans to nations in budgetary crisis, would be limited to “technical assistance.”

Financial Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble underlined in an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper on Saturday that responsibility for the euro lies with the 16 eurozone countries.  “There is no textbook that explains what to do when a land within a monetary union goes bankrupt. There is no precedent” for such a case, Schaeuble was quoted as saying.

And get a load of Schaeuble’s comment:

“The state of California does not go to the IMF for help,” Schaeuble said…

To which I reply..sure not yet! Give the public unions a few minutes to figure out how to strongarm you and Andy Stern will be there momentarily…But seriously, if they bailout Greece the rest of the PIGS are next. Same here with Obama bailing out Cali..but SEIU made Obama so ya know, he will find a way, stimulus/jobs bill/green jobs bill, whatever he calls it, is is bailouts to state government workers he is about….unsustainable…

February 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

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