– Germany Blesses “Bail-In” Deposit Confiscation Plan For Failing EU Banks (ZeroHedge, July 9, 2014):
One year earlier than required, the German government approved plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks across Europe. As WSJ reports, Germany “leads the way” in Europe by implementing European rules quickly and “creates instruments that allow the winding-down of big systemically relevant institutions without putting the financial stability at risk.” What this means is that taxpayers (theoretically) will not be on the hook (though in reality we are sure the mutually assured destruction defense will be played – especially if Deutsche runs into problems) but as German authorities explain, “This ensures that in times of crisis mainly owners and creditors will contribute to solving the crisis, and not taxpayers.” As a gentle reminder – creditors includes depositors… remember Cyprus?
Germany’s cabinet Wednesday approved plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks beginning in 2015, one year earlier than required under European-wide plans that set rules for failing financial institutions.
The new bail-in rules are part of a package of German legislation on the European banking union–an ambitious project to centralize bank supervision in the euro zone and, when banks fail, to organize their rescue or winding-up at a European level.
Germany “leads the way” in Europe by implementing European rules quickly and “creates instruments that allow the winding-down of big systemically relevant institutions without putting the financial stability at risk,” the country’s finance ministry said in its draft bill seen by The Wall Street Journal.
“This ensures that in times of crisis mainly owners and creditors will contribute to solving the crisis, and not taxpayers.”
Germany will apply these rules already from next year, according to the bill. Struggling bank creditors, in addition to shareholders, will have to help financial institutions, covering up to 8% of liabilities, before the banks can tap Germany’s financial markets stabilization fund SoFFin.
Not everyone’s buying the no-taxpayer-impact concept…
In an expertise report presented Wednesday, Germany’s independent Monopoly Commission, which advises the government on competition and regulation issues, said its “skeptical whether market participants can muster sufficient capital buffer to effectively prevent the general public from being held liable.”
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So Djisselblom’s ‘levy on wealth’ appears to be getting closer and closer…
1 thought on “Germany Blesses ‘Bail-In’ Deposit Confiscation Plan For Failing EU Banks”
This is a great way to get people to go back to using their mattresses and drawers to store money. This sort of behavior will frighten people back into Depression Era thinking.
This will cut the availability of funds for everyone, and make every cent more valuable. Since banks don’t even have five cents on deposit for every dollar of asset they claim…….their entire bloated system will contract like an old balloon……..and every cent will be worth more.
Remember the Great Depression. When the banks failed, and people didn’t get their money, that is when they stopped using banks.