Sunday, May 29, 2011

ECB Official: "Orderly" Greek restructuring is a "fairy tale"

by Bill McBride on 5/29/2011 11:03:00 PM

Another update on Europe - the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission are trying to decide on the next step for Greece.

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, an ECB executive board member told the Financial Times in an interview that a Greek "soft" restructuring is a "fairy tale". Here is quote:

LBS: There is no such thing as an “orderly” debt restructuring in the current circumstances. It would be a mess. And I haven’t mentioned contagion – which would come on top.

If you look at financial markets, every time there is mention of word like restructuring or “soft restructuring,” they go crazy ... “soft restructurings” “re-profilings” do not exist. They are catchwords that politicians have tried to use, but without any content.
excerpt with permission
And from the WSJ: Bond Auctions Set to Measure Contagion Fears
A team of European and International Monetary Fund officials is scheduled to conclude a closely watched examination of Greek government finances this week as bellwether bond auctions are expected to provide a sign of whether anxiety over Greece's debts is infecting investor appetite for sovereign bonds elsewhere in the euro zone.

Italy will seek to raise as much as €8.5 billion ($12.1 billion) from bond investors Monday, while Spain is seeking an estimated €3.5 billion ...
The crisis in Greece doesn't seem to be impacting Spain or Italy ... yet.

Yesterday ...
Summary for Week Ending May 27th
Schedule for Week of May 29th