KYLE BASS: Last Week’s EU Summit Agreement Was A ‘Doomsday Machine’

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
By Paul Martin

Mamta Badkar
BusinessInsider.com
Dec. 14, 2011

In a new interview with CNBC, Kyle Bass, managing partner at Hayman Capital Management, said that Europe is moving closer to restructuring as even “the citizens of those most troubled and profligate nations are losing confidence in the Euro dream”.

Comparing the European Monetary Union to his extended family, Bass said he was unlikely to sign a joint and several liability agreement with family members, and that was the problem in Europe. He said he expects the monetary bloc to break-up. In the interview, Bass gave us his bearish outlook on Europe:

“If you get out a blank piece of paper and have a look at it, that’s the plan they’re working from right now. Everything is an agreement in principle. There are no details. It’s very difficult to arrange such a disparate group of people, and get them all to cede their fiscal sovereignty to call it a central taxing authority, and in the absence of that, it won’t work.

…I think that if you look at this last agreement, from the last summit, it’s somewhat of a doomsday machine. What they’re talking about, are the ECB and governments guaranteeing the debts of the banks which in turn buy the debts of their country that’s making that guarantee, pledging it at that central bank and getting more money to go buy more debt of those countries.

It’s somewhat sophomoric if you ask me. It is a circular reference that i don’t think institutional investors around the world are going to buy, they might hoodwink some retail investors into buying these things. When you look at the periphery today, there are no buyers of peripheral bonds.”

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