The Europe dithering govt can easy be blamed, but it’s the Washington that looks decisive.
In truth, there’s not much too choose between them. When you strip away the superficial differences you’re left with politicians on both sides of the Atlantic who fear the electoral consequences of betraying there base: Whether it’s German chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama or Speaker of the House John Boehner.
In Europe, as well as the US, their “too little too late” decision-making is making headlines. This is what passes for leadership these days. It’s pathetic.
Unfortunately this time Politicians are not the real culprit in the melodrama going on in Europe, the contagion could lead the way to US.
It’s the speculators who are making the latest global financial crisis worst. They’ve set up shop in Wall Street and High Street and make a living bringing economies perilously close to collapse.
Green light in 2000 allowed them to leverage beyond there means and the rampage ever since.
Oil, gold, wheat and silver are just some of their favorite targets in the past decade. Their latest?
Speculators are picking apart Europe’s bond market country by country. First Greece, then Ireland, followed by Portugal, Spain, Italy and France.
And now Germany.
And they’ve been getting a free pass, because their buying and selling of bonds represents the supposed sacrosanct free market.
And we all know that when free markets are allowed to operate unencumbered by rules and intrusive politicians, the end result is fair prices.
So if bond prices are going down and yields are going up, that’s merely the markets serving as the proverbial canary in the coalmine warning us that the finances of these countries are in big trouble.
So how would this play out in the government bond markets?
Those investors expecting interest rates to rise and prices to fall would “short” bonds, meaning borrowing bonds for a fee and then selling them.
If they’re right they can buy them back later for a lower price. Their profit is the difference between the selling and purchase price.
If they’re wrong the holders of these bonds, normally the Treasuries, win. So what’s the problem here?
Nothing if these was normal circumstances. But they’re not. There is a great deal of concern over the future viability of certain European countries, with Greece topping the list.
But is Italy in the same category as Greece? Is France or Germany (they could only sell 61% of their bonds last week)?
This is simply the herd behavior of speculators taking over the bond markets.