Spanish Banks Need US$76.3 billion and France Proposes Extreme Measures
As a welcome reprieve from the doom and gloom of the macro economy, KeyStone analyst Aaron Dunn spoke on BNN (Business News Network) early today. The short but sweet interview included a brief overview of his investment strategy,current view on the markets and three current picks. For those that did not get a chance to tune in, the video archive can be seen at http://watch.bnn.ca/#clip772334.
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended the week down just 0.5%.
Capping off the week was the return of Spain to the spotlight with an independent audit indicating that the nation`s troubled banks would need US$76.3 billion to recapitalize in the face of potential financial shocks. Although the figure is staggering, it is still well below the US$128.8 billion of potential bailout money that the Spanish government negotiated with the other euro zone members in June. The issue with Spanish banks, which is a potential issue with all banks, is the quality of assets that they hold. Since 2008, these banks of been hanging onto mortgages that are dangling on the cliff of default. The recapitalization money is intended to shore up the bank`s financial position in the event that many of these assets do indeed fall into the abyss.
In another piece of odd news, France`s Socialist President, Francois Hollande’s, issued his 2013 budget with a proposal to increase taxes on income over $1.0 million Euros to whopping 75%. Hollande`s called it a `fighting budget` but one must wonder if such extreme measures will only serve to further weaken the nation`s economy by starving it of investment. The reactions were understandably strong and we are certain that France`s wealthy are preparing their foreign residency plans as we speak with the tax heaven of Monaco (which borders France) top on the list.
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