As Korean Bank Run Accelerates, Financial Services Chairman Deposits $17,864 To Demonstrate All Is Well
by Tyler Durden
Last Friday we reported that the soon to be quite pervasive spectacle of running to the bank only to find there is no money available, had spread to Korea. At that time only two banks were involved, although we speculated that “while the bank run at Busan was driven by capital inadequacy it may promptly spread to the entire banking system.” Less than 3 days later, it has done just that. China Post reports that: “South Korea suspended operations at four more savings banks on Saturday after runs developed as customers rushed to get at their money despite official assurances the financial sector was secure.” Gee whiz, looks like last week’s promises that everything was contained were, gasp, lies? ” The Financial Services Commission (FSC) said Saturday it was suspending three affiliates of Busan Savings Bank — Jungang Busan Savings Bank, Busan II Savings Bank and Jeonju Savings Bank — as well as Bohae Bank for six months each. “Considering recent waves of deposit withdrawals, available liquidity, remaining deposits and capacity to borrow, the FSC concluded that they might face a situation where they are unable to pay customers,” the FSC said.” And in an almost verbatim transposition of our own Telepromptermarionette-in-Chief’s admonition in March 2009 that “profit and earnings” ratios were now cheap or some other such garbage, the head of the Financial Services Commission Kim Seok-dong (not related to Bang Dae-Ho) “vowed to make a personal deposit of 20 million won ($17,864) in Woolee to convince depositors that the bank was financially sound.” And if that doesn’t work Korea can always rent Brian Sack out for a few days each week: truth be told, the US can easily cut down on the amount of weekly POMOs now that WTI is about to pass $100 (and Brent $110).