Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Spain Will Tap Aid from ECB
The disingenuous and dishonest assertions by some in the Spanish government that they are thinking about not taking the bailout money from the ECB are ridiculous, as there is no doubt, regardless of the posturing of Spain, that they will keep on going as they are without aid, or take the route of getting a line of credit. Both ideas are ludicrous, and won't fly under the growing pressure from the eurozone for Spain to access the capital.
According to the Spanish government, the company is in the midst of contemplating on the economic direction it wants to go, but this is only for its population, which will resist the expected austerity measures that accompany access to ECB aid.
The idea that Spain will continue to borrow at the high rates it currently is in the bond markets doesn't pass the smell test, and the European Central Bank will surely be given permission to buy bonds in order to lower the borrowing rates of the country.
Those watching the situation don't believe Spain even has several weeks to wait, and its politicians are probably trying to wait until after the elections on this Sunday before caving and tapping into the aid.
Germany, as usual, has also attempted to position itself as against Spain being bailed out, asserting it has no need of one. Angela Merkel will attempt to make it look like she opposes it as well, but like in her past actions, will try to make it look like she valiantly fought against it, right up to the time she gives the go ahead for more bailouts to continue. Again, all of that is so the German people are made to believe she's battling on their behalf, while all the time already knowing and deciding that the bailout will happen for those countries in the eurozone that ask for it.
Investors and those affected by the decisions in the eurozone need to know that the game is completely rigged, and Draghi was telling the truth when he said he's committed to doing whatever it takes to save the euro and the eurozone. There is no question the majority of leaders in the EU agree with him, and support whatever it takes to get it done.
Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit rating of five major Spanish regions Wednesday, including Canary Islands, Andalucia, Aragon, Galicia and Madrid. That puts even more pressure on the country to take aid before investors start to sell of Spanish bonds.
Overall Spanish debt was recently lowered by Standard & Poor's to BBB-, only one step above investment grade ratings. Below that is junk status, which would make it much more expensive for the Spanish government to borrow capital. Bond investors, as mentioned, would flee from their bond holdings if that were to happen, which is a likely probability.
For now, Moody's (MCO) is also keeping its lowest rating on Spanish credit without cutting it down to junk status. It has a Baa3 rating on Spain.
Taking all that into consideration, there is no doubt Spain will get aid from the ECB. The market is simply waiting for that to happen, and when it does, gold and silver prices will get a nice bump.