By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
CITIGROUP is lucky that Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed when he was. The Libyan leader’s death diverted attention from a lethal article involving Citigroup that deserved more attention because it helps to explain why many average Americans have expressed support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The news was that Citigroup had to pay a $285 million fine to settle a case in which, with one hand, Citibank sold a package of toxic mortgage-backed securities to unsuspecting customers — securities that it knew were likely to go bust — and, with the other hand, shorted the same securities — that is, bet millions of dollars that they would go bust.
full article at source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/friedman-did-you-hear-the-one-about-the-bankers.html?_r=2&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB
This is my 3rd time putting this video clip up, the earlier
clips have mysteriously been taken down .This is bad publicity for the
banks concerned! This also shows that the Banks are really calling the shots
all around the western world
It’s “devoid of any substance and verge on the ridiculous” according to the Greek finance ministry but as Greek 10-year bonds touch even greater highs this afternoon – presently trading at 14.9% mid-point – it seems that something may be afoot in bond markets. The claim is that a Citibank employee was responsible for an email which speculated that Greek authorities might seek to implement a restructure/default/burden-share scheme over the Easter holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, Ireland’s 10-year bond has reversed all the gains since the announcement of the stress test results on 31st March, 2011 and are presently trading at a record 10.28% mid-point compared with a previous record closing of 10.22% just before the announcement of the stress test results and details of the bank restructuring. Portugal’s 10-year bond is also in record territory trading at 9.5% mid-point. If there is any cheer it is thatSpain’s 10-year bond has eased back today to below 5.5%. It is still a mystery on here as to howSpain’s banks are so healthy and their property sector so relatively unscathed by the financial crisis and construction and housing bubble.
The concern is thatGreecewill default and thatIrelandwill follow closely on her heels. And if a default is inevitable forIrelandthere are actions that can be undertaken now to try to make the default as orderly and inexpensive as possible. Dealing robustly with bondholders (senior and subordinated) would fall into that category of discussion.
full article source: http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/citibank-email-sparks-rumours-of-greek-default-over-easter-weekend/