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Monday
Aug202012

WikiLeaks Cable: "Systemic Insolvency Is Now The Problem, Global Bank Bailout Needed"

In light of the Assange speech this weekend, we are reposting three wikileaks stories.

This peice was likely missed by many readers when first published.  The importance is obvious for those (ourselves and many other blogs) who have made the case since 2008 that we were, and still are, facing a solvency crisis.  A tsunami of Fed liquidity and FASB accounting black magic can only do so much.  The global banking pig is already wearing lipstick and full make-up and it's still pretty ugly, despite Bernanke's best efforts at printing and pretending his way to future bliss and a spot in the Keynesian hall of fame.

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Source - UK Guardian

Wikileaks U.S. Embassy cable concerning a March 17, 2008 meeting with Central Bank of England Governor Mervyn King:

Monday, 17 March 2008, 18:27
C O N F I D E N T I A L LONDON 000797 
SIPDIS 
NOFORN 
SIPDIS 
EO 12958 DECL: 03/17/2018 
TAGS ECONEFINUK 
SUBJECT: BANKING CRISIS NOW ONE OF SOLVENCY NOT LIQUIDITY
SAYS BANK OF ENGLAND GOVERNOR
Classified By: AMB RTUTTLE, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. Since last summer, the nature of the crisis in financial markets has changed. The problem is now not liquidity in the system but rather a question of systemic solvency, Bank of England (BOE) Governor Mervyn King said at a lunch meeting with Treasury Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and Ambassador Tuttle.  King said there are two imperatives.  First to find ways for banks to avoid the stigma of selling unwanted paper at distressed prices or going to a central bank for assistance.  Second to ensure there's a coordinated effort to possibly recapitalize the global banking system.  For the first imperative, King suggested developing a pooling and auction process to unblock the large volume of financial investments for which there is currently no market.  For the second imperative, King suggested that the U.S., UK, Switzerland, and perhaps Japan might form a temporary new group to jointly develop an effort to bring together sources of capital to recapitalize all major banks.

Systemic Insolvency Is Now The Problem

2. King said that liquidity is necessary but not sufficient in the current market crisis because the global banking system is undercapitalized due to being over leveraged.  He said it is hard to look at the big four UK banks (Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, HSBC, and Lloyds TSB) and not think they need more capital.  A coordinated effort among central banks and finance ministers may be needed to develop a plan to recapitalize the banking system.

Unblocking Illiquid Mortgage-Backed Securities

3. King said it is also imperative to find a way for banks to sell off unwanted illiquid securities, including mortgage backed securities, without resorting to sales at distressed valuations. He said sales at distressed values only serve to lower the floor to which banks must mark down their assets (mark to market), thereby forcing unwarranted additional write downs. He said we need to find an auction system where banks could move paper they want to sell without fear of stigma that the market views selling at a low price as a sign that a bank is in trouble. King said, however, he did not yet know how to structure such an auction and that further dialogue was needed. Kimmitt acknowledged the need to find ways to unblock these markets and said we should remain in touch bilaterally as well as in the G-7, the Financial Stability Forum, and the central banks.

A Possible Approach To Recapitalization

4. The G-7 is almost dysfunctional on an economic level, said King. Key economies are not included, especially those that have large and growing pools of capital. King said that a new international group was needed to address the issue. It could be a temporary group, and he suggested that perhaps the central banks and finance ministers of the U.S., the UK, and Switzerland could coordinate discussions with other countries that have large pools of capital, including sovereign wealth funds, about recycling dollars to recapitalize banks. King said Japan might not be included because it has little to offer. King noted, though that including the Japanese might force their hand in finally marking to market impaired assets. Kimmitt said that he was cautious about starting new groups in the international financial community because of the inevitable debate around whom to include.

5. The King proposals were not casual ideas developed in the course of luncheon conversation. It was clear that his principal objective in the meeting was to outline his outside-the-box thinking for Kimmitt. King included very few details about his proposals and was content to present broad concepts, thereby planting the seeds for future discussion. END COMMENT.

6. Participants: USG: Ambassador Robert Tuttle; Deputy Secretary Kimmitt; Eric Meyer, Office Director for Europe;

SIPDIS Robert Saliterman, Spokesman, International Affairs, U.S. Treasury; Warren Chane, ECONOFF. UK: Mervyn King, Governor, Bank of England; Chris Salmon, Private Secretary.

7. Deputy Secretary Kimmitt has cleared this message.

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More coverage of this story:

BoE Sought Global Bank Bailout in 2008

The head of the Bank of England had sought to set up a group with the United States, Switzerland and Japan to recapitalize major global banks six months before the financial crisis engulfed them, U.S. diplomatic cables show.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/40654365

Mervyn King plotted a secret bailout of the banking system six months before Gordon Brown decided to take action. The Bank of England governor told U.S. officials in March 2008 that ‘a co-ordinated effort to possibly recapitalise the global banking system’ was needed to save it from collapse, according to documents released by WikiLeaks. Mr Brown did not come up with his master plan to tackle the financial crisis until September 2008 following the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. The delay raises a major question over his claims that he was the brains behind the bailout and had ‘saved the world’. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338712/Bank-England-boss-Mervyn-King-Gordon-Brown-bank-bailout-mastermind.html#ixzz18DxwhY3D

LONDON (AP) — U.S. diplomats say Bank of England Governor Mervyn King suggested that Britain, the U.S., Switzerland and possibly Japan bail out the global banking system in March 2008 — some six months before the financial crisis peaked.

In a U.S. embassy cable published by The Guardian on Tuesday, King is reported as telling U.S. ambassador to Britain Robert Tuttle and U.S. Treasury deputy secretary Robert Kimitt that the four countries might form "a temporary new group to jointly develop an effort to bring together sources of capital to recapitalize all major banks."

King suggested the new group would override the "dysfunctional" Group of Seven industrialized nations. But Kimmitt expressed caution about starting new groups because of inclusion debates.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-14/wikileaks-boe-suggested-global-bank-bailout-in-08.html

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BoE Sought Global Bank Bailout in 2008

The head of the Bank of England had sought to set up a group with the United States, Switzerland and Japan to recapitalize major global banks six months before the financial crisis engulfed them, U.S. diplomatic cables show.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/40654365
Dec 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Bank of England boss Mervyn King, not Gordon Brown, 'was bank bailout mastermind'

Mervyn King plotted a secret bailout of the banking system six months before Gordon Brown decided to take action. The Bank of England governor told U.S. officials in March 2008 that ‘a co-ordinated effort to possibly recapitalise the global banking system’ was needed to save it from collapse, according to documents released by WikiLeaks. Mr Brown did not come up with his master plan to tackle the financial crisis until September 2008 following the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. The delay raises a major question over his claims that he was the brains behind the bailout and had ‘saved the world’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338712/Bank-England-boss-Mervyn-King-Gordon-Brown-bank-bailout-mastermind.html#ixzz18DxwhY3D
Dec 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
LONDON (AP) — U.S. diplomats say Bank of England Governor Mervyn King suggested that Britain, the U.S., Switzerland and possibly Japan bail out the global banking system in March 2008 — some six months before the financial crisis peaked.

In a U.S. embassy cable published by The Guardian on Tuesday, King is reported as telling U.S. ambassador to Britain Robert Tuttle and U.S. Treasury deputy secretary Robert Kimitt that the four countries might form "a temporary new group to jointly develop an effort to bring together sources of capital to recapitalize all major banks."

King suggested the new group would override the "dysfunctional" Group of Seven industrialized nations. But Kimmitt expressed caution about starting new groups because of inclusion debates.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-14/wikileaks-boe-suggested-global-bank-bailout-in-08.html
Dec 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
WikiLeaks cables: Mervyn King plotted banks bailout by four cash-rich nations

Bank of England governor suggested new group of UK, US, Swiss and Japan could facilitate global bailout, cable shows

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/13/wikileaks-mervyn-king-bank-bailout
Dec 15, 2010 at 6:04 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Dec 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The problem, of course, is that too much credit has been extended relative to the productive output of a people and hence such a people lack income suitable for paying debt service.

Thus, when all the players have extended credit to such a degree, all credit players have become insolvent. Right now, bankers have been protected by combination of legal wrangling and propaganda.

The fix, of course, is to pull back the curtain. This means that many of the richest people aren't rich at all.
Dec 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterSmack MacDougal
@smack...and it also means that all of the banks are insolvent...
Dec 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Last week I mentioned on my talk radio show that this whole Assange asylum story was being fanned up to "sell" the public that Wikileaks is the authoritative online source for news the government knows you won;t buy from the corporate media. And I predicted that after all the publicity-building was done, Assange and Wikileaks would be used to propagandize what the money-junkies really wanted, and in this case it is the global bank.
Aug 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterMichael Rivero
Wikileaks is a strange animal. I'm still evaluating.

Sometimes very helpful, sometimes shady.
Aug 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Yes! Let's have a global currency! How about a gold backed Haun or something similar?
Aug 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM | Unregistered Commentererniemunny
The Catholic Church has called for a world banking system. I don’t need to explain the ramifications of that subject matter if you have grown up in the church.


http://www.examiner.com/article/church-agency-rome-calls-for-global-bank-and-economic-system
Aug 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

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