Skip to comments.First Greece, Now Spain, and then...the World
Posted on 03/22/2012 6:21:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
Spanish Sovereign debt yields jumped again today following Restructuring Concerns expressed by Willem Buiter.
Spanish bonds fell, pushing 10-year yields to the highest level in a month, after Citigroup Inc. chief economist Willem Buiter said the nation faced an increasing risk of a debt restructuring.
Ten-year Spanish securities slid for an eighth day, widening the extra yield over similar-maturity German bunds, as a decline in European stocks sapped demand for higher-yielding assets.
Spanish spreads moved much wider after Buiters comments, said Lyn Graham-Taylor, a fixed-income strategist at Rabobank International in London. This highlights concern over further debt restructuring. Bunds recovered on the resulting safe-haven demand.
The Spanish 10-year yield jumped 14 basis points, or 0.14 percentage point, to 5.37 percent at 2:55 p.m. London time after rising to 5.38 percent, the highest since Feb. 16.
The extra yield investors demand to hold Dutch bonds instead of German bunds widened after an independent agency said the Netherlands budget deficit may increase.
The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis said the shortfall would exceed the European Unions target of 3 percent. The agency said the 2013 deficit would be 4.6 percent, revised from 4.5 percent. Spanish 10-Year Bond Yield
Willem Buiter is a bit too politically correct. I suggest the odds of a Spanish Debt restructuring is greater than 90%.
Following an "unusual pattern of client trading" WorldSpreads Announces 13 Million-Pound Shortfall in Client Money
WorldSpreads Group Plc (WSPR), a U.K. brokerage and spread betting company, said it has a shortfall of 13 million pounds ($21 million) of client money as it appointed KPMG LLP as an administrator to manage the business.
WorldSpreads owes clients 29.7 million pounds and has about 16.6 million in cash, the London-based company said in a statement. The firms stock was suspended on March 16 after it discovered a hole in its accounts.
Due to the accounting irregularities that have been discovered, it is likely that there will be a shortfall to clients, KPMG said in a separate statement. One of the immediate priorities of the special administrators will be to investigate and attempt to reconcile all client positions in order to establish the extent of the shortfall.
WorldSpreadss founder, chief executive officer and largest individual shareholder, Conor Foley, resigned March 14. Roger Hynes, a former managing director at CMC Markets Plc, replaced him as interim CEO. Niall OKelly resigned as chief financial officer in February as WorldSpreads said it would post a full- year loss after an unusual pattern of client trading.
Clients accounts were frozen on the afternoon of March 16, preventing them from withdrawing money or adding to their funds, according to Sorrelle Cooper, a spokeswoman for KPMG in London. Any open positions were also closed, she said.
WorldSpreads clients facing losses may have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which covers as much as 50,000 pounds per claimaint, the Financial Services Authority said in a separate statement.
The firm has about 15,000 client accounts and 66 employees, who will be initially retained to support the orderly wind down of the business, KPMG said. Redundancies are nonetheless probable, it said.
This begs the question: Do you know where your money is?
It always cracks me up that some called me a doom and gloomer because of my comments in 2007 that Seattle home prices could fall as much as a whopping 20% and that the problem was international. To this day those same people tell me that my predictions don’t come true, and yet house prices dropped more than 30% in Seattle and nobody had heard of PIIGS back then.
If you are not prepared for WWIII you are in for a world of hurt. Heck, even if you are, it will not be pleasant.
then the IMF steps up (officially) as global fed and all debt gets written down with a universal currency devaluation.
remember where you saw it!
I remember those days. Those of us who predicted double-digit price drops on housing prices were called all manner of named.
In truth, we under-estimated the depth of the housing fall.
What people calling for a “bottom” in housing still won’t admit is that we’re about to see a prolonged depression in housing prices due to demographic issues with the Boomers selling off their homes, down-sizing and shedding second homes, etc. We’re over-supplied in some areas on some types of housing (eg, condo’s in resort-like areas) for decades to come.
so what do we do now to retain some wealth?....paying down mortgage and buying groceries....is my 401 just toast?....even if you take it out, what do you do with it?
Apologies — I’m not qualified to advise. My own plan is to store up treasures in heaven.
Oh, and “owe no man anything...” yeah, that’s my formula.
Funny — it was common knowledge among my colleagues that we were in the midst of an out and out period of mass insanity wrt housing prices and that a crash was imminent and inevitable.
Yup. My wife was in real estate and she came home one day and said the banks no longer required that the mortgage payment be only ~30% of your income. The increased it to 50%. That was the first of the crazy steps to the bubble burst. And I saw it for what it was. It’s why we rented in SEATTLE from 1997-2011 and saw our rent go DOWN the whole time, while house prices were skyrocketing. All the renters were becoming buyers. ;-)