It's time for another roundup on Spain. Every day is time for another roundup on Spain. Today's report is on bad loans, and complete foolishness at Bankia buying its own shares hoping to stabilize its price.
Spanish Bad-Loans Ratio Hits 8.37 Percent
The Wall Street Journal reports Spanish Bad-Loans Ratio Hits 17-Year High
By Valentina Za and Silvia AloisiMILAN (Reuters) - A drive by Italian banks to come clean on bad loans during a European bank health check may force them to raise as much as 20 billion euros in capital, three times more than that penciled in so far, to shore up their balance sheets.
Spain and Ireland have economies in shambles over housing bubbles popped long ago. Damage continues to mount. Here are a pair of stories highlighting problems.
Bloomberg reports Irish Home Loans At Least 90 Days In Arrears Rise to 9.2%
Irish home loans in arrears for more than 90 days rose to 9.2 percent at the end of last year from 8.1 percent at the end of the third quarter, according to the country’s central bank.
Jeff Gundlach on Monday spoke with CNBC's Sara Eisen, and among the topics Gundlach discussed was his call on US Treasury bonds. "Treasuries are still slightly cheap," Gundlach told Eisen, despite 10-year and 30-year bond yields having fallen significantly during 2014. At the beginning of the year, the consensus call on Wall Street was that bond yields would rise — not fall.
There was lots of Eurozone news this week outside of the typical Greek default fodder. Nearly all of that news was not pretty. Let's take a look at the key stories.
Eurozone Unemployment Rate 10.7%, Highest Since 1999
The Telegraph reports Eurozone unemployment hits record high of 10.7pc
Spain has floated a number of bad-bank proposals recently, all of which were fundamentally flawed and doomed from the start.
The latest shell-game proposal will supposedly take bank assets, put them in a non-bank, while forcing the banks to come up with sufficient capital to cover losses.
Please consider Spain in Talks Over ‘Bad Bank’ Scheme