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SPAIN RISKS CRISIS OVER VANISHING RESERVERS

 
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MensajePublicado: Mie May 16, 2007 9:50 pm    Asunto: SPAIN RISKS CRISIS OVER VANISHING RESERVERS Responder citando

Spain risks crisis over vanishing reserves
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 9:47am BST 16/05/2007




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Spain's foreign reserves have plummeted to wafer-thin levels, leaving the country exposed to a possible banking crisis if the property market swings from boom to bust - despite membership of the eurozone.


The Banco de Espana's holdings of foreign currencies and gold have fallen to €13.2bn (£9.02bn), equivalent to 12 days of imports.

Over the past two months the Banco de España has sold off 80 tonnes of gold, flooding the world market with enough bullion to dampen the usual spring rally. The bank has reduced its holdings of US Treasuries, British gilts, and other investments at a similar rate.

Total reserves have now fallen by two thirds from €41.5bn in early 2002. Greece and Portugal have seen a similar drop.

By contrast, the overall reserves of the eurozone system have remained stable. France (€76bn), Germany (€86bn), Italy (€59.5bn) have all kept holdings at full strength since the launch of the euro.

The Banco de España refused to comment on the sales, leaving it unclear why reserves have fallen so low, or where the money has gone.

It appears the bank has been draining the reserves to help finance the current account deficit, which has ballooned to 9.5pc of GDP, reaching €8.6bn in January alone.

"The current account is completely out of control," said Alberto Mattelan, an economist at Inverseguros in Madrid.

"We have the worst deficit in our history and worse than any other country in the western world. It has not yet become a 'street concern', but I can assure you that it is of great concern to us economists. This will turn bad over the next 18 months," he said.

It is often assumed that reserves no longer matter once a country has joined the euro, but this ignores a crucial element in the workings of the EMU system. It is responsibility of the 13 national central banks to act as lender of last resort in a crisis, even though they have no control over interest rates.

"Where this gets serious is if there is a property collapse in Spain and the banks get into trouble," said Prof Tim Congdon, an expert on monetary policy.

The first signs of a housing slump are emerging as the ECB raises interest rates, already up seven times to 3.75pc since December 2005. The shares of Valencia builder Astroc have fallen 77pc since February, setting off a sharp slide across the sector, with knock-on effects on banks with mortgage exposure.

Morgan Stanley said construction accounts for 17.7pc of GDP, even higher than the 15pc peak reached in Germany after reunification - a boom-bust saga that left German banks prostrate for years.

Spain's private sector has amassed $600bn (£300bn) in foreign debts. Corporate borrowing is 100pc of GDP. The overall stock of mortgages has increased sixfold in a decade. Household debt has reached 120pc of disposable income, largely on floating rates.

Prof Congdon said Japan was able to uphold its banking system in the post-bubble slump of the 1990s because the government could guarantee deposits. "You can't do that in the eurozone because there is no government to turn to," he said.

Each country is on its own. The ECB may interevene only if the crisis spreads across the eurozone, and it is forbidden from bailing out the member states. The International Monetary Fund warns that the structure leaves EMU exposed to "systemic financial risk".

Reserves are a key defence for each state, hence the EMU quirk that national banks retain the lion's share of reserves. The ECB has a token 13pc.

For now Spain is still looking rosy: growth was 4pc in the first quarter; the budget surplus is 1.8pc of GDP; and export share is holding up reasonably well.

However, the party is ending after a near tripling of house prices since 1995. In a report, The End is Nigh, Jamie Dannhauser from Lombard Street Research, said Madrid is now making matters worse with a new law to hit property speculators.

"This screams of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. House price growth has clearly peaked and is decelerating quickly. Speculators appear to have got out already, sensing the dangers that lie ahead," he said.

The government cannot devalue its way out of trouble, so it will have to deflate. "Pain seems to be on Spain's doorstep," he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/05/16/cnspain16.xml


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Kikloforo



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MensajePublicado: Jue May 17, 2007 11:58 am    Asunto: Que Dios nos ampare Responder citando

Que Dios nos ampare.
CUERPO A TIERRA!!!!!!!!
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MensajePublicado: Dom May 20, 2007 10:52 pm    Asunto: Responder citando

Joder, pues si uno hace caso a lo que dicen la Truji y el Solbi, la situacion esta totalmente controlada y los desajustes que ha provocado toda esta burbuja se van a ir armonizando con el excelente ritmo de crecimiento que siempre tendra la econimia espanyola. Estos britanicos lo que tienen es una envidia de la hostia elevado al cubo, y solo cuentan lo que les gustaria que pasara.
No obstante, y para quedarme tranquilo del todo y poder seguir el mismo tren de vida que el resto de mis vecinos sin preocuparme por nada, voy a entrar en las webs de PSOE, PP, IU y BDE para preguntarles acerca de lo que dice este articulo tan alarmista e irracional.
Ya os contare si es que alguien me responde.
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MensajePublicado: Dom May 20, 2007 11:01 pm    Asunto: Responder citando

God save the savings.
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