"Bail-Ins" Wealth, Savings, and Pension Confiscation.

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  1. bmwmc

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    Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Is Now Starting To Happen All Over The Globe
    By Michael Snyder, on September 24th, 2013

    Now that "bail-ins" have become accepted practice all over the planet, no bank account and no pension fund will ever be 100% safe again. In fact, Cyprus-style wealth confiscation is already starting to happen all around the world. As you will read about below, private pension funds were just raided by the government in Poland, and a "bail-in" is being organized for one of the largest banks in Italy. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. The precedent that was set in Cyprus is being used as a template for establishing bail-in procedures in New Zealand, Canada and all over Europe. It is only a matter of time before we see this exact same type of thing happen in the United States as well. From now on, anyone that keeps a large amount of money in any single bank account or retirement fund is being incredibly foolish.
    Let's take a look at a few of the examples of how Cyprus-style wealth confiscation is now moving forward all over the globe...
    Poland
    For years, there have been rumors that someday the U.S. government would raid private pension funds.
    Well, in Poland it just happened.
    According to Reuters, private pension funds were raided in order to reduce the size of the government debt...
    Poland said on Wednesday it will transfer to the state many of the assets held by private pension funds, slashing public debt but putting in doubt the future of the multi-billion-euro funds, many of them foreign-owned.​
    The Polish government is doing the best that it can to make this sound like some sort of complicated legal maneuver, but the truth is that what they have done is stolen private assets without giving any compensation in return...
    The Polish pension funds' organisation said the changes may be unconstitutional because the government is taking private assets away from them without offering any compensation.
    Announcing the long-awaited overhaul of state-guaranteed pensions, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said private funds within the state-guaranteed system would have their bond holdings transferred to a state pension vehicle, but keep their equity holdings.
    He said that what remained in citizens' pension pots in the private funds will be gradually transferred into the state vehicle over the last 10 years before savers hit retirement age.​
    Iceland
    For years, Iceland has been applauded for how they handled the last financial crisis. But now it is being proposed that the "blanket guarantee" that currently applies to all bank accounts should be reduced to 100,000 euros. Will this open the door for "haircuts" to be applied to bank account balances above that amount?...
    Following the crisis in October 2008, Iceland's government declared all deposits in domestic financial institutions were 'blanket' guaranteed - an Emergency Act that was reafrmed twice since. However, according to RUV, the finance minister is proposing torestrict this guarantee to only deposits less-than-EUR100,000. While some might see the removal of an 'emergency' measure as a positive, it is of course sadly reminiscent of the European Union "template" to haircut large depositors. This is coincidental (threatening) timing given the current stagnation of talks between Iceland bank creditors and the government over haircuts and lifting capital controls - which have restricted the outflows of around $8 billion.​
    Europe
    European finance ministers have agreed to a plan that would make "bail-ins" the standard procedure for rescuing "too big to fail" banks in the future. The following is how CNN described this plan...
    European Union finance ministers approved a plan Thursday for dealing with future bank bailouts, forcing bondholders and shareholders to take the hit for bank rescues ahead of taxpayers.
    The new framework requires bondholders, shareholders and large depositors with over 100,000 euros to be first to suffer losses when banks fail. Depositors with less than 100,000 euros will be protected. Taxpayer funds would be used only as a last resort.​
    What this means is that if you have over 100,000 euros in a bank account in Europe, you could lose every single bit of the unprotected amount if your bank collapses.
    Italy
    As Zero Hedge reported on Tuesday, a "bail-in" is now being organized for the oldest bank in Italy...
    Recall that three weeks ago we warned that "Monti Paschi Faces Bail-In As Capital Needs Point To Nationalization" although we left open the question of "who will get the haircut including senior bondholders and depositors.... given the small size of sub-debt in the capital structures." Today, as many expected on the day following the German elections, the dominos are finally starting to wobble, and as we predicted, Monte Paschi, Italy's oldest and according to many, most insolvent bank, quietly commenced a bondholder "bail in" after it said that it suspended interest payments on three hybrid notes following demands by European authorities that bondholders contribute to the restructuring of the bailed out Italian lender. Remember what Diesel-BOOM said about Cyprus - that it is a template? He wasn't joking.
    As Bloomberg reports, Monte Paschi "said in a statement that it won’t pay interest on about 481 million euros ($650 million) of outstanding hybrid notes issued through MPS Capital Trust II and Antonveneta Capital Trusts I and II." Why these notes? Because hybrid bondholders have zero protections and zero recourse. "Under the terms of the undated notes, the Siena, Italy-based lender is allowed to suspend interest without defaulting and doesn’t have to make up the missed coupons when payments resume." Then again hybrids, to quote the Dutchman, are just the template for the balance of the bank's balance sheet.
    Why is this happening now? Simple: the Merkel reelection is in the bag, and the EURUSD is too high (recall Adidas' laments from last week). Furthermore, if the ECB proceeds with another LTRO as many believe it will, it will force the EURUSD even higher, surging from even more unwanted liquidity. So what to do? Why stage a small, contained crisis of course. Such as a bail in by a major Italian bank. The good news for now is that depositors are untouched. Unfortunately, with depositor cash on the wrong end of the (un)secured liability continuum it is only a matter of time before those with uninsured deposits share some of the Cypriot pain. After all, in the brave New Normal insolvent world, "it is only fair."​
    Fortunately, it does not appear that this particular bail-in will hit private bank accounts (at least for now), but it does show that European officials are very serious about applying bail-in procedures when a major bank fails.
    New Zealand
    The New Zealand government has been discussing implementing a "bail-in" system to deal with any future major bank failures. The following comes from a New Zealand news source...
    The National Government are pushing a Cyprus-style solution to bank failure in New Zealand which will seesmall depositors lose some of their savings to fund big bank bailouts, the Green Party said today.
    Open Bank Resolution (OBR) is Finance Minister Bill English’s favoured option dealing with a major bank failure. If a bank fails under OBR, all depositors will have their savings reduced overnight to fund the bank’s bail out.
    "Bill English is proposing a Cyprus-style solutionfor managing bank failure here in New Zealand - a solution that will see small depositors lose some of their savings to fund big bank bailouts," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.
    "The Reserve Bank is in the final stages of implementing a system of managing bank failure called Open Bank Resolution. The scheme will put all bank depositors on the hook for bailing out their bank.
    "Depositors will overnight have their savings shaved by the amount needed to keep the bank afloat."​
    Canada
    Incredibly, even Canada is moving toward adopting these "bank bail-ins". In a previous article, I explained that "bail-ins" were even part of the new Canadian government budget...
    Cyprus-style "bail-ins" are actually proposed in the new Canadian government budget. When I first heard about this I was quite skeptical, so I went and looked it up for myself. And guess what? It is right there in black and white on pages 144 and 145 of "Economic Action Plan 2013" which the Harper government has already submitted to the House of Commons. This new budget actually proposes "to implement a 'bail-in' regime for systemically important banks" in Canada. "Economic Action Plan 2013" was submitted on March 21st, which means that this "bail-in regime" was likely being planned long before the crisis in Cyprus ever erupted.​
    So what does all of this mean for us?
    It means that the governments of the world are eyeing our money as part of the solution to any future failures of major banks.
    As a result, there is no longer any truly "safe" place to put your money.
    One of the best ways to protect yourself is to spread your money around. In other words, don't put all of your eggs in one basket.
    If you have your money a bunch of different places, it is going to be much harder for the government to grab it all.
    But if you don't listen to the warnings and you continue to keep all of your wealth in one giant pile somewhere, don't be surprised when you get wiped out in a single moment someday.



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    Interesting read, I also read an article in the New York Post a few months ago that made a convincing argument that savers in the United States took a haircut worse than that what was proposed in Cyprus. The thrust of the argument is that interest rates are being made artificially low due to the Federal Reserve buying US treasury bonds while coupled with real inflation (albeit unreported but anyone who participates in the market place can see how prices have really risen over the last few years). The result: a net reduction of over 10 percent of your real savings, i.e. what your money could have bought last year versus this year).

    Whether a confiscation by government or through a QE3 program by the fed, the result is the same: your wealth was confiscated.
     
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    It's called "negative interest rates." Rates that are below the rate of inflation. It's simply a transfer from savers to banks. Bank take those deposit and pay virtually nothing then buy longer dated corporate and government bonds foreign and domestic and reap the "spread." Worst yet most of the major banks buy common stock and run hedge fund operations. Just in the last few weeks many of them have warned on earnings because trading volume is down. Many of these money center banks get 25% of there earning trading stocks.

    That's one intended end to the Fed's ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) policy the other is to push people with savings or investments into riskier assets. Anything and everything other than cash or safe assets like CD or Treasuries. Right now junk bonds rated C now yield at or below 4%. That was the rate on AAA US 10 year treasuries not 5 years ago.

    As a consequence of this massive mal-investments is that everyone is either in cash or on one side of the trade, that being UP UP UP. Eventually the Fed will get its inflation but not the way they envision it. They want inflation to spur people to buy before the price rises. That would generate purchases, rebuilding stock, and thus job creation. But, what we know from the 1970's is that once inflation get embedded its very difficult to stop.

    There only two ways you can get out from under debt (if you own the money printing machine) you can't pay off. Inflate your way out via devaluation or declare bankruptcy and restructure (write off) the debt. The central banks are fighting a global deflationary spiral by printing many trillions of dollars to reflate or maintain asset price or better said, create the illusion of wealth. Its quite a balancing act. Reflate assets without creating a inflationary depression as purchasing power falls thus killing your buy, build, restock, job machine.

    BTW, its never work for more than a few years. We have seen this story many many times in history.

    Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Remember its not the kind of money its the amount in circulation that determines its value.
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