Everyone who has followed this website since 2009 will know that we firmly believe that the "magic plumbing" of the modern financial system is not what is seen on the surface, in terms of declared "on the books" assets and liabilities, but what happens beneath it - in the shadow banking system, a place where trillions in liabilities are created and destroyed via the repo market, to provide short-term funding for all sorts of financial intermediaries, frequently with zero actual exposure in bank Ks and Qs due to regulatory loopholes that allow the "netting" of hundreds of billions of offsett
By Christopher Balding:While most commentators have chosen to focus on the nefarious sounding "shadow banking" industry, the real problem is that banks are illiquid after having moved so much of this off balance sheet.
The question on my mind today is "When will the Spanish banking system collapse?" Spain's exposure to Portuguese debt is one of many reasons a collapse in inevitable.
The Spanish banking system passed a so-called "stress test" in 2012, but sovereign government bonds are are not included in the evaluation.
We saw how well that worked with Greece (over and over again), and with Cyprus as well. It was Cypriot exposure to Greek bonds that collapsed the Cypriot banking system.
If so, you may be tempted to just leave them alone, and hope that they just quietly disappear. But beware! This may be a dangerous move for your business, as some of these ghosts could come back to haunt you later in the shape of wasted time or, even worse, an increased tax bill.
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