Notes From Underground: Bini Smaghi Resigns From ECB Executive Board … What’s It All About?

The global markets were on the verge of a failed rally when a news story broke about the resignation of Bini Smaghi. In my mind this is a very significant event as it portends the beginning of a major deal on EFSF funding in the works. WHY? Two weeks ago it appeared that Mr. Berlusconi had castrated President Sarkozy by reneging on an agreement for Mr. Bini Smaghi to resign his ECB position once Mario Draghi assumed the Presidency of the ECB. If SMAGHI retained his seat it meant Italy would occupy two key positions in the ECB and France would have none. Sarkozy supported Draghi only on that basis that the Bini Smaghi seat would go to a Frenchman.

However, Berlusconi did not force the issue and the French were left without a seat on the key policy-making board. Sarkozy was furious and the criticism and pressure increased on the Italians and Berlusconi. Now, after all the acrimony and the pressure on Italian debt, Bini Smaghi is resigning and heading to Harvard. This is Europe and nothing is done without a quid pro quo: THERE HAS TO BE A PAYOFF.

Has a back room agreement been reached to greatly enhance the credit power of the EFSF? What has been promised to Germany to get movement on the increasing the firepower of the ECB as the lender of last resort? Many questions are left unanswered but if you look at the CHARTS the rally in the EURO and risk on indicators all turned when the Smaghi announcement became headline news.

This is an extended weekend because of Veteran’s Day in the U.S. with BOND and CURRENCY markets closed as it is a bank holiday. This is not a conspiratorial view but a tip of the hat to the realities of the home of Machiavelli. The pressure on EUROPE to resolve its current crisis is building as the world worries about contagion. Some plan is in motion so I urge that attention be paid to the risk-on paradigm.

***Jefferson County, Alabama declares bankruptcy. It is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and is the result of its financial advisors putting it into a derivative contract that incurred great loses. The county tried to get inventive and used derivatives to fund a sewer project. In an effort to save money, the Wall Street-induced derivative plan blew up and cost the county an enormous amount of money. How many more of these funding plans exist and will Merdith Whitney be proven right? The problems in the U.S. are immense which is probably why the EURO is still higher on the year against the DOLLAR.

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6 Responses to “Notes From Underground: Bini Smaghi Resigns From ECB Executive Board … What’s It All About?”

  1. Notes From Underground: Bini Smash Resigns From ECB Executive Board … What’s It All About? « Jim Sinclair's Mineset Says:

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  2. Danny Says:

    Have to tip the hat to Meredith Whitney for her market call on munis. It is actually sad to see how fast the long-only market establishment pounds on someone who has the nerve to make a non-consensus market call – regardless of the calculus/logic that went into making the call.

  3. Brad Says:

    Good point Danny. The attacks against Whitney resembled a shark feeding frenzy. But it has always been that way for those who speak the truth with conviction- they make themselves a target.

  4. Denarius Says:

    “In a land of lies, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

  5. yra Says:

    All three comments are incisive and proof why it is worth writing this BLOG—2+2=5 is the way of seeing behind the obvious shell game.The status quo media promotes status quo thinking.It was sad watching Aaro Ross Sorkin trying to undermine Mike Mayo on Friday morning aqwak box.Sorkin,boy genius of the NYT should have been agreeing with Mayo’s poignant comments but now he is part of the shell game he attacks him—I used to think Sorkin was a mere sycophant but now it seems he is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

  6. Chris Says:

    You’re mixing up your Sorkins, but we know who you are talking about.

    More evidence can be found in a seven-minute clip from November 7, 2011, during which the Squawk Box crew beat up on Lakshman Achuthan of ECRI, demanding to know the details of ECRI’s “formula” and an explanation for why “the market”, Wall Street economists and Fed were all projecting continued GDP growth in the U.S.


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