Post Tagged with: "nationalization"

Nationalized Dutch bank investors fight expropriation

Nationalized Dutch bank investors fight expropriation

The shareholders and subordinated bond holders of SNS Reaal are now fighting an alleged expropriation at the Dutch Council of State. In addition, these stakeholders are contesting the Dutch government’s position that shareholders and subordinated debt holders cannot sue for compensation against the bank due to mismanagement at SNS Reaal. Clearly, the Dutch government, as the sole owner is looking to limit its liabilities.

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Buiter was right about Europe’s phony bank stress tests and the Dutch mortgage crisis

Buiter was right about Europe’s phony bank stress tests and the Dutch mortgage crisis

Nationalised Dutch lender SNS Reaal, the fourth largest bank in the Netherlands has recently been nationalised despite a reported 13 percent Tier 1 capital level in the most recent round of banking stress tests in Europe. Clearly, the stress tests weren’t particularly stressful. I would go so far as to say they were ‘phony’.

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Ireland regains market access for both government and bank bonds

Ireland regains market access for both government and bank bonds

In yesterday’s links, I pointed to two links showing that Ireland had regained bond market access. Here is more evidence that Ireland is regaining bond market access.

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Latam Nationalizations: Dog Bites Man?

Latam Nationalizations: Dog Bites Man?

That a couple of Latin American countries have recently announced the expropriation of foreign investors in the energy sector seems hardly like new news. After all, cycles of nationalization and privatization have unfolded for more than half a century. Moreover, the expropriation simply marked the latest illiberal measures by Argentina and Bolivia, the two protagonists here. There is significant risk that others will follow Argentina and Bolivia.

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Argentina Fundamentals Still Deteriorating

Argentina Fundamentals Still Deteriorating

A look at the fundamentals shows why Fernandez is engaging in such visible theatrics, which also includes recent vitriol regarding the Falkland Islands. Simply put, we think economic stresses are intensifying. How deep the stresses will get is yet to be determined.

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A Primer on Peak Oil

A Primer on Peak Oil

I ran across three separate articles on peak oil at well-regarded financial news sites today: The Economist, The Financial Times and Le Figaro. I thought I’d give you a run down of what they were saying and what it means for the economy and investing.

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Dexia to increase Belgian deficit 2 billion every year

Dexia to increase Belgian deficit 2 billion every year

The rump Dexia now owned by the Belgian government is a structurally loss-making enterprise that will cost the Belgian government 2 billion in deficits every year from 2014.

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Peak oil explains the Repsol YPF expropriation in Argentina

Peak oil explains the Repsol YPF expropriation in Argentina

I think this should be obvious to everyone by now, but peak oil is a clear factor in the Argentina/Spain oil crisis. Here’s what happened.

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Daily commentary: On Spain’s death spiral and the nationalism of depression

Daily commentary: On Spain’s death spiral and the nationalism of depression

Spain is involved in two stories today that point to the difficulties that surround sovereign governments that are overindebted in foreign currency. There are a ton of Spanish-language links for that reason.

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Argentina is not the model

Argentina is not the model

There have been a lot of people talking about Argentina as if it were the model for other governments in sovereign difficulty to follow. Yes, Argentina’s decision to default was realistically the right call given the crushing debt load. And that is the path the euro zone periphery is on. But, beyond this, I fail to see where Argentina is […]

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How not to resolve a banking crisis

How not to resolve a banking crisis

Much of macroeconomic policymaking is trial and error. This column discusses calamitous error on the part of Iceland’s policymakers, in the hope that others can at least try something else.

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Dexia is seeking a new brand name

Dexia is seeking a new brand name

Belgian newspaper De Standarad reports that the folks at twice bailed out Franco-Belgian bank Dexia are looking for a new name for the company. Apparently, the Dexia brand has been tarnished.

Dexia is Belgium’s version of NCNB, now Bank of America, a small bank that grew enormously through expansion and acquisition.

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