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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Papandreou - Why did he do it? (video)



Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou announced that he would be holding a referendum on the bail-out package - a surprise to his own party, his people, and to all of Europe. Rumours and questions as to why Papandreou made the surprise move are rife, but the minister is keeping his counsel for now. With concern that the referendum would be unlikely to take place before January, creating months of uncertainty for the markets, the mood in Athens is one of cynicism and despair. Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips reports from Athens.

Default fears return
CNN
The bankruptcy of MF Global (MF), largely due to exposure to bad sovereign debt in Europe, has investors wondering who else could get hurt by the PIIGS of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. The euro, which had recently regained some strength ...
Wash. fears broad impact of possible arena default
The Seattle Times
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Cashin: CDS Market Is Broken Thermometer
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Mark Gongloff AP If there's one thing a financial crisis is good for, it's giving lessons in unintended consequences. Take last week's Plan to Have a Plan to Save the World, which (theoretically, anyway) managed to haircut Greek debt by 50% without ...
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BusinessWeek
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Oil Declines a Third Day as Greek Referendum Raises Default Risk
BusinessWeek
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Corzine Key Man Bonds Default Before Coupon: Corporate Finance
San Francisco Chronicle
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Bloomberg
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Washington Post
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Washington Post
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BusinessWeek
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San Francisco Chronicle
2 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to turn to China last week to help bolster European finances comes as traders of credit-default swaps step up bets that the Asian nation has less risky debt than his country. ...
Eurozone crisis: what happens next at the G20 summit?
The Guardian
EU leaders may be incensed by the failure of Greek premier George Papandreou to alert them to his plans but they are determined at all costs, first, to keep Greece in the euro and, second, to prevent contagion seeping so fast and so deep in from Italy ...
Heating Oil Slips on Greek Debt Default Concern, Surging Dollar
BusinessWeek
1 (Bloomberg) -- Heating oil slipped as concern increased that Greece will default on its debt, sending the region into recession. Futures sank as Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called for a referendum on a new bailout package, threatening the ...
City-funded union pension in default
WPRI-TV 12
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Gold Price Tumbles Through $1700 on Fears of Greek Default
International Business Times
Stock markets in Europe plunged on concerns over an imminent Greek default and what the potential consequences of a disorderly default might mean. S&P stock futures fell 37.00 to 1212.30 while crude oil fell 3.8% to $89.61 per barrel. ...
Strategic default risk growing for negative equity jumbo mortgages
Housing Wire
Borrowers in negative equity are more likely to walk away or default in order to receive a modification or some other loss mitigation service. Falling home prices from a still flooded foreclosure pipeline are simply pushing more of these borrowers ...
Global Depression, Sovereign Default and Hyperinflation Are Top “Extreme Risks ...
Gold Seek
The dollar and gold are seeing safe haven flows due to the risk of contagion developing from the Eurozone debt crisis. Greece's surprise decision to have a referendum on the latest Eurozone 'bailout' has sent markets into panic mode with equities ...
Ex-Greek Minister Manos Says Vote May Trigger Default, Euro Exit
BusinessWeek
1 (Bloomberg) -- Greece's former Finance Minister Stefanos Manos said Prime Minister George Papandreou's decision to call for a referendum on its bailout may push the country to default on its debt and force it to exit the euro. ...
Indonesia's Bakrie family sell off half of Bumi stake for $1bn to avoid loan ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Indonesia's Bakrie family have given up half their stake in Bumi, their London-listed mining venture with Nat Rothschild, for $1bn (£620m) cash to avoid defaulting on a loan. By Emma Rowley The Bakrie Group, controlled by the family, will split its ...
Danish bank Danske Bank to lay off 2000 staff pressured by financial crisis ...
Washington Post
Danske Bank Chairman Peter Straarup said the bank's results “are under pressure because of the financial crisis, new regulation and high funding costs,” and that the cost cuts are needed to improve earnings. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. ...
IMF: Azerbaijan's strategic currency reserves are sufficient to overcome ...
Trend News Agency
Azerbaijan's strategic currency reserves, which are in the possession of the Central Bank and the State Oil Fund of the country, are sufficient to overcome the global financial crisis consequences if they occur, the head of IMF mission in the country, ...
Amid Financial Crisis, Pressure Mounts For Italy's Berlusconi To Step Down
Here And Now
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, speaking at a party rally, is facing increasing pressure to step down in the wake of the European financial crisis. (AP) Pressure is growing on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to cut government ...
'Repeal' of Glass-Steagall Irrelevant to Financial Crisis | Tom Woods
By Tom Woods
Although we've heard a great deal about how “deregulation” caused the financial crisis, specific cases of repealed legislation that would have prevented it are few and far between. The one some progressives seem to have settled on is the ...
Tom Woods
Global Depression, Sovereign Default and Hyperinflation Are Top ...
Global Depression, Sovereign Default and Hyperinflation Are Top “Extreme Risks” Today :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website.
The Market Oracle
City-funded union pension in default - WPRI.com
By By Tim White, Target 12 Investigator
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A union-administered pension plan funded by taxpayers is in default, forcing the federal government to step in and deal with it, a town official said Tuesday. Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond told WPRI.com ...
News | WPRI TV
Implications of the Greek referendum: Delay, not Default | Place du ...
By fmpdea
Contrarily to what Bloomberg seems to imply, it is not a referendum on whether the country should default: “European stock futures fell, indicating the Stoxx Europe 600 Index will extend its biggest drop in four weeks, as the announcement of a ...
Place du Luxembourg
FTT not enough; abolish credit default swaps : Dangerous Intersection
By Erich Vieth
Therefore, in addition to reenacting the Glass-Steagall Act, Kuttner seeks to abolish credit defaultswaps: The financial transaction tax has become a useful symbol of the need to rein in the banks. Its enactment would mark an important turning ...
Dangerous Intersection
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By SJB
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SGTreport.com
Greek Default Watch: Greece's Rhetorical Referendum
By Nikos Tsafos
Greece has defaulted, even though the default will be more orderly and might not be called a “default.” So when the PM says that the Greek people have to approve the haircut deal to help the country “stave off default,” his claim is Orwellianly ...
Greek Default Watch
Greek Vote Boosts Risk of Disorderly Default : Fitch — Clearing and ...
By RSS Feed
Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's decision to put the latest European Union bailout deal for the country to a public referendum has increased the risk of a forced and disorderly sovereign default, and even the risk of a Greek exit from the euro. Greek labor... “The announcement of a referendum late Monday underscores the urgency of establishing a credible firewall to prevent contagion from Greece destabilizing the euro zone,” it added. ...
Clearing and Settlement — Clearing...
'Repeal' of Glass-Steagall Irrelevant to Financial Crisis
By Robert Wenzel
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EconomicPolicyJournal.com
Risk Sharing and Financial Contagion in Asia: An Asset Price ...
amplified by contagion and spillover effects, has recently gained ground, propelled not least by the global financial crisis. There is a growing discomfort that ...
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