Yves Smith Posted “STILL FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT COLLECTING YOUR PENSION AFTER THIS?”

From the pages of NakedCapitalism was this strikingly sensitive post. Don’t even think twice – this could be your city at any minute too.

By Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor-in-chief of The Automatic Earth, Cross posted from Automatic Earth

detroit manholeIf your answer to that question is affirmative, I suggest you take a good hard look at what’s coming out of Detroit these days. Why don’t we just call it a bail-in model, not unlike Cyprus, where the waters are tested for forcing parties who historically thought they were safe from cuts, find they no longer are.

And if you think Detroit is the only American city that has these kinds of problems, think again. It’s merely the first, count on it. It’s not just an American issue either, of course, and although retirements plans are set up in myriad different ways, they have one thing in common: they are in essence pyramid schemes, eat your heart out Charles Ponzi, and it’s just a matter of time before the walls start crumbling. Continue reading

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Grotesque Plan for Detroit: Fleece Working People to Save the Banks

Hands-off-our-Pension-June-10Municipal workers could be robbed of pension funds to pay big banks for payments due on interest rate swaps.

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.

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Theft is Legal for Big Banks – and Your Money Will Never Be Safe

The new rules for keeping too-big-to-fail alive: use creditor funds, including uninsured deposits, to recapitalize failing banks.

falling_dollar-410x350April 29, 2013 
 | “[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.”

—Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “ Caveat Depositor

The crossing of the Rubicon into the confiscation of depositor funds was not a one-off emergency measure limited to Cyprus.  Similar “bail-in” policies are now appearing in multiple countries.  (See  Continue reading

What is money – and where did it’s real value go?

“We are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned. We have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded. We have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came.

We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them!” William Jennings Bryan (1896). Some things never change – or will they?

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Weekend Reading: The Property Illusion

How many people have to lose their savings, their equity and their pensions before there is a revolution – or is the intellectual revolution already here – “refuge to reconstruction”? That is the $54 Billion dollar question.

Posted by Larry Doyle, Sense on Cents

One man’s wealth tax becomes another man’s wealth confiscation

Property RightsI have no doubt that given the need for sources of revenue by Uncle Sam and other sovereign governments, the topic of “the protection of property rights” will be increasingly brought front and center in the public arena.

We saw this play out in Cyprus just a few weeks back, and we witness another example of this topic just the other day in a WSJ article, Now He’s After Your 401(K). Continue reading

Have We Reached A Tipping Point In The Financial System?

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The DAILY SHEEPLE says:

“March and April 2013 may go down in history as the tipping point for the western financial system.

We have already seen:

  • Lehman Brothers and many other financial firms collapse.
  • $700 Billion in TARP funds arranged by banking insiders for banking insiders at the expense of US taxpayers. Continue reading

The mattress safe – the latest way to bank with confidence

My Mattress Savings BankEuropeans are a stone’s throw across the pond and what happens there eventually, like the Beatles, happens here. Many in the Euro-zone are asking each other and themselves:

Is your money safe in the bank? Obviously not if you deposited large sums in Cyprus – where the decision to raid savings accounts has rung alarm bells in other countries teetering on the bank bailout high-wire,” posts  of the UK’s Guardian News. Continue reading

Stockton, CA CalPERS – The Next Cyprus-like Haircut?

STOCKTON-BANKRUPTCYSTOCKTON, CA – BANKRUPT!

If you don’t think the Wall Street corruption and securities fraud, including mortgage-backed securities, isn’t affecting everyone – think again. Stockton, California has succumbed to bankruptcy due in large part to bad securities investments.

Look out California public employee retirees for the next Cyprus-like haircuts. Continue reading

Capital flight has become a serious threat to the Cypriot economy


Cyprus bank queueYes. The entire Cyprus population as of today will be fully employed for the foreseeable future. Their jobs…

STANDING IN LINE AT THE BANK TO GET THEIR DAILY CASH ALLOTMENT!!

The calm reported in the media just turned to ANGER in Cyprus. Continue reading

Cyprus Haircuts Could Lead to Bank Runs Says Russia

CBS Cyprus VideoCypriots have taken a significant haircut losings a significant portion of their deposits. Without the new deal, all depositors would have lost funds. By striking a deal at least depositors with under $100,000 will be “fully guaranteed”.

Cyprus, with the agreement of Eurozone finance ministers, dodged a disorderly sovereign default and unprecedented exit from the euro by bowing to demands from creditors to shrink its banking system in exchange for 10 billion euros (equivalent to $13 billion US) of aid to prevent its banking system collapsing and keep the country in the eurozone. All Cyprus banks will remain closed until Thursday, the central bank has announced in a shock statement. Continue reading