Dylan Grice on sovereign comeuppance
Previously:Maybe all the Anglo-Saxon central banks have done is create the illusion that our sovereigns are more solvent than they are, and that our budget constraints are really a safe distance away. But I don’t think they are. And I think the truth gets out eventually. The Enrons, the Allied Capitals, the Bernie Madoffs … they all get their comeuppance.That’s from SocGen’s Dylan Grice, who seems more than a little bit annoyed by government’s abilities to fiddle with the amounts they can borrow (their budget constraints).
The simplest way to overcome a budget constraint is through theft. Thus, taking a leaf from the government of Argentina no doubt, the Portuguese government raided its own pension fund to meet its 2011 deficit targets, having raided Portugal Telecom’s pension plan the year before. All in the name of the common good.And a more subtle way is to misrepresent your underlying financial health to give the impression of being comfortably inside your borrowing capacity… a conceit which Grice says has come home to rest in the eurozone periphery....MORE
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