Every European politician is now resorting to the “Whatever it takes” mantra. This week they will do whatever it takes to safeguard the sacred cow that is the Eurozone. That pampered sacred cow which feeds and feeds without actually producing much in return.
The politicians don’t appear to realise that this is a nonsense phrase but they certainly DO realise that it is a phrase which excites the traders because it is code, designed to convey the fact that the ECB , the Fed and all the other usual suspects will once again indulge the banks by creating yet more cash for them to play with.
Another Central Bank Bonanza!
That is why the markets have risen today. This is how it works:
As soon as Central Banks start handing out cash, the investment banks use a proportion of that cash to purchase equities. That in turns “ups” prices. So, if investors convince themselves that next week, the banks will start splashing money like a lonely Chardonnay-fueled celibate on ebay, they also realise that NOW is the time to buy.
Anything they buy today is bound to increase in price, once the Central Banks open the Banking “All-you-can-eat” Buffet.
In fact, the banks will be buying today in anticipation of Central Bank handouts. Once again, there’s the heady whiff of “empty profit” in the air.
Last week, the ECB’s Mario Draghi said that he would do “Whatever. It. Takes”. Today it was the latest Euro double-act of Merkel and Monti who joined the W.I.T chant.
The next stage will be expressions of “confidence”, followed by “meetings”, the establishment of a “by the end of the year” deadline and then the announcement of “reforms”.
(Reforms are good because they give the illusion of progress.)
One such reform is rumoured to be the granting of banking licences to the EFSM, EFSF, ESM and any other European quango or organisation beginning with Capital “E”.
That will enable them to print yet more money to distribute among the needy….er…banks!
When they say “WHATEVER it takes” – they mean it!