Nos siguen diciendo que España está haciendo una labor envidiable en cuanto a solventar sus problemas económicos y que dentro de poco, saldremos de la crisis.
La crisis, es otra cosa, eso sucede en aquellos otros países donde la gente inculta, otra gente, no nosotros, están haciéndolo mal o muy mal. En estos otros países, los Reyes y monarcas les toman el pelo a diario, no como aquí, donde nuestro Rey se acuesta todas las noches preocupadísimo por los españoles. En otros países, hay líderes corruptos sin escrúpulos y sin sentido de la justicia. Aquí no. Aquí tenemos líderes mejor preparados y más informados para liderar a nuestro país en tiempos de crisis.
¡Viva España, viva Rajoy, viva Rubalcaba, y por supuesto, larga vida al Rey!
El Banco Santander acaba de dar órdenes de vender todas sus propiedades en México y Florida. Todo FOR SALE. Cuando hace un año y medio decía que Santander estaba en bancarrota, la gente se descojonaba de la risa.
Ahora, la realidad… la que no nos cuentan en los medios de masa.
Spain is Greece… Only Bigger and Worse
On the Surface, Spain’s debt woes have many things in common with those of Greece:
1) Bad age demographics
2) A toxic bank system
However, you’ll note that as we tackle each of these, Spain is in fact in far worse fiscal shape than Greece.
Currently there is one person of non-working age (65 or older) for every four people of working age (15-64) in Spain. This is expected to worsen to one person of non-working age for every three people of working age by 2025 and an astounding more than one person of non-working age for every two people of working age by 2040.
These demographics alone set Spain up for a sovereign debt Crisis. According to
Jagadeesh Gohkale of the Cato Institute Spain would need to have 250% of its GDP sitting in a bank account collecting interest forever in order to meet its unfunded liabilities without raising taxes or cutting government outlays.
That, in of itself, is bad news for Spain. But Spain’s banking system are what really set it apart. Let’s consider the following facts about Spain’s banking system:
• Total Spanish banking loans are equal to 170% of Spanish GDP.
• Troubled loans at Spanish Banks just hit an 18-year high of over 8%.
• Spanish Banks are drawing a record €316.3 billion from the ECB (up from €169.2 billion in February).
However, even these don’t paint the real picture. Thanks to a property bubble that dwarfed the US in relative terms, Spain’s economy and corporate arena are now literally saturated with debt.
Consider the following:
• Spanish non-financial corporations’ gross debts outstanding are equal to 196% of Spain’s GDP (this is worse than that of Greece, Portugal, even Japan)
• Spanish non-financial corporations sport debt to equity ratios of 152% (only Greece and Japan are worse here)
• Spanish household debt is equal to 90% of the country’s GDP: much higher than the EU average of 70% and roughly inline with that of the US which has been running a credit bubble for 30+ years.
In simple terms, Spain is like Greece, only bigger and worse. According to the Bank of International Settlementsworldwide exposure to Spain is north of $1 TRILLION with Great Britain on the hook for $51 billion, the US on the hook for $187 billion, France on the hook for $224 billion and Germany on the hook for a whopping $244 billion.
However, as I have proven in previous issues, the Bank of International Settlements’ estimates actuallyunderestimate the true exposure EU nations pose to the financial system (for instance, the Bank of International Settlements claims German exposure to Greece is only $3.9 billion… when Germany’s Deutsche Bank alone has over 2.8 BILLION Euros’ worth of exposure to Greek debt and businesses). And Germany has TENS of other banks with exposure to Greece besides Deutsche Bank.
So it is safe to assume that global exposure to Spain is well north of $1 trillion. So if Spain chooses in any way to stage a default/ messy debt restructuring, we’re going to see:
1) A systemic crisis that would make Lehman look like a joke
2) The breaking up of the EU
3) A bear market in bonds (which we have not seen in roughly 30 years)