ICAP Plc, the world's largest inter-dealer broker (one that carries out transactions for financial institutions rather than private individuals), is now Testing Trades In Greek Drachma Against Dollar, Euro
ICAP Plc is preparing its electronic trading platforms for Greece's potential exit from the euro and a return to the drachma, senior executives at the inter-dealer broker said Sunday.
By Steven Bavaria:One nice thing about free markets is that they have a way of forcing economic reality on people, whether they prefer to face it or not. That's why a return to the drachma would be good for Greece and its citizens, given their inability to face up to the hard choices that their past political and economic decisions have now presented them with.
Authored by Lars Seier Christensen, CEO Saxo Bank via his blog, The real problem is not Cyprus, it is the Euro. After a few disturbing weeks, I would like to wrap up my comments on Cyprus and, hopefully, turn to other issues going forward. It is astonishing that a EUR 10 billion bailout can keep the world spellbound for so long. But then again, while the amount is not staggering, some of the implications are mind-blowing.
Its election time in Greece. I'll start out by saying that so far, the best piece of commentary I have seen was from a Bloomberg video "Here's What Happens If Greece Leaves the Euro." In just over a minute the video quickly surmises the pain that Greece will feel if it returns to the drachma. Its financial system will be paralyzed, inflation rises, and lots of unanswered questions will follow.
By Peter Boone and Simon Johnson
In every economic crisis there comes a moment of clarity. In Europe soon, millions of people will wake up to realize that the euro-as-we-know-it is gone. Economic chaos awaits them.