MONEY FLED FROM CYPRUS: A Furious Cyprus Begins Investigating Who Breached The Capital Controls

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By Tyler Durden, Zerohedge

On Monday we reported the very disturbing news that despite the ongoing liquidity blockade, capital controls and (somewhat) closed Cyprus banks, one particular group of people – the very same group targeted to prompt this whole ludicrous collapse of the island nation – Russian Oligrachs had found ways to bypass the ringfence and pull their money out quickly and quietly. We said that, if confirmed, “If we were Cypriots at this point we would be angry. Very, very angry.” Turns out the Cypriots did become angry, and the questions are finally starting. As Spiegel reports, the Cypriot Parliament, which may or may not last too long once the banks reopen tomorrow and the people realize that in a fractional reserve banking system, those deposits you thought were there… they are gone, poof, has begun investigating the capital flight that may means the destruction of Cyprus has been for nothing. Sadly, it is now too little, too late.

From Spiegel:

Banks have been closed and accounts frozen in Cyprus recently. Nevertheless, large amounts were moved out of the country’s crippled financial institutions on the eve of the bailout package. Lawmakers are suspicious and are investigating both the government and the Cypriot central bank.

Panicos Demetriades looked dead tired as he opened the press conference on Tuesday afternoon on the fourth floor of the Central Bank of Cyprus. The questions and answers flew back and forth for 90 minutes, with Finance Minister Michalis Sarris doing his best to back up the central bank head. Outside, the mountains slowly receded from view behind into a haze, while inside journalists became increasingly restive. When the session ended, many were left wondering why Demetriades had invited them in the first place. He had virtually nothing new to say.

Many interpreted the press conference as a symbolic exercise. Central bank head Demetriades, they felt, sought to stage a show of strength to counter the pressure that has been heaped on his shoulders in recent days. For one, he announced earlier this week, without consulting the Cypriot government first, that small banks in the country would open their doors again on Tuesday, in contrast to the island-nation’s two largest financial institutions Laiki and Bank of Cyprus. The result was a massive protest from the smaller banks and a reversal. The banks stayed closed. For the moment, the opening date is set for Thursday, and many fear that a flood of angry customers could overwhelm the sector.

Then, on Monday, the central bank announced that it was installing financial manager Dinos Christofides as a special consultant to the Bank of Cyprus as it prepares to take on assets from Laiki, which is to be liquidated. The deployment of Christofides is legitimate, but it triggered widespread concerns that the Bank of Cyprus too may soon be broken up. Demetriades was accused of not doing enough to explain the steps he was taking, thus intensifying investor anxiety.

Most of all, though, the central bank head has been harshly criticized due to the suspicious capital flight from Laiki and the Bank of Cyprus, the two institutions that have been hit hardest by the Cypriot banking crisis. There are indications that large sums flowed out of the two banks just before the first bailout package was signed in the early morning hours of March 16. At the end of January, some 40 percent of all savings held in Cypriot accounts were on the books of those two banks. Since then, however, much of it has been transferred elsewhere, despite orders from the central bank that accounts at the two institutions be frozen.

‘Special Payments’

The central bank now stands accused of not doing enough to control the movement of capital. Transfers for humanitarian aid were permitted which, while certainly an acceptable exception, opened a loophole for abuse. Many are also furious that the bank allowed “special payments,” the definition of which was never adequately established.

The Cypriot central bank has defended itself by saying that it was impossible to completely prevent all transactions, despite the account freeze. Much of the money was withdrawn from overseas, where Cyprus had no authority. Branches of Cypriot banks in non-euro-zone countries such as Russia and Britain do not answer to the European Central Bank. Their liquidity is controlled by central banks in those countries.

Such a defense is nothing less than a voluntary admission of impotence. Holders of smaller savings accounts have been unable to access much of their money for almost two weeks, companies have been unable to pay their suppliers and across the country people are concerned that their salaries will not arrive on schedule on the first of the month. Meanwhile, rich businesspeople and those with connections overseas have been able to transfer their money into foreign accounts.

In other words, the Cypriots are, indeed, getting very angry. And soon, they may just have a list of people on whom to take it out:

Lawmakers have demanded that the central bank assemble a list of those customers who withdrew large amounts of money prior to the closure of the country’s financial institutions. In particular, parliamentarians want to know if central bank employees or members of the government received early warning and were able to quickly rescue their assets.

According to the Greek television station Mega Channel, the list has already found its way into the hands of Parliament President Yannakis Omirou. No one in parliament or in the central bank could be reached for comment on Tuesday evening. Still, the parliamentary investigation indicates just how great the mistrust is between lawmakers and the government — and how acute the doubts are as to Panicos Demetriades’ competence.

Only now is Panicos’ competence being questioned? Well better late then never.

Perhaps, a better question is how much longer will the rule of law remain in Cyprus once full blown class warfare is unleashed, and the 99% are generously handed the list of the 1% who were “informed” enough to pull their money from the flaming sovereign equivalent of Bernie Madoff, while every other uninsured depositor is facing losses of up to 80%, and soon 100%?

And what happens if the realization dawns that despite all the promises even insured investors will eventually get impaired once the money runs out?

AU VIOL DES PEUPLES S’AJOUTENT LES CRACHATS DES TRADERS (ou: LE DOW JONES BAT DES RECORDS)

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Par Pierre JOVANOVIC

du 11 au 15 mars 2013 : Du jamais vu dans l’histoire humaine… Ben Bernanke a balancé aux banquiers et financiers pour 2.000 milliards de dollars de planches à billets depuis 2008. Deux mille milliards vous imaginez, ce qui a permis au Dow Jones de soi disant battre ses records historiques selon les crétins, pardon, journalistes économiques que voyez causer dans le poste. Des records qui vont en effet de pair, parfaitement synchronisés même, aux licenciements massifs que l’on voit depuis début 2008 et qui se poursuivent sans cesse depuis mai 2012.

Mais la presse vendue vous dit que tout va bien dans l’économie puisque le Dow Jones a battu son record… Elle a juste oublié ce qui s’est passé 6 mois après ce fameux record. Wall Street a tout simplement explosé!! Il n’y a que les “experts” pour ne pas voir l’évidence… Il se trouve que Zero Hedge et le FT ont eu la même réaction outrée que votre serviteur. ZH a même comparé les principaux indicateurs de 2007 vs 2013 et là, on voit bien LA GRANDE ESCROQUERIE DES AMERICAINS et aussi celle des journalistes économiques (et bien sûr des députés et ministres complices) qui laissent faire sans rien dire.

– GDP Growth: Then +2.5% – Now +1.6%

– Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75 – Now $3.73

– Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force) – Then 6.7 million – Now 13.2 million

– Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million – Now 47.69 million

– Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion – Now $3.01 trillion

– US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then 38% – Now 74.2%

– US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion – Now $975.6 billion

– Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion – Now $16.43 trillion

Au fait Monsieur Toutou, Bozo, Langlais, etc., comment expliquez-vous que, comme le Dow Jones, le CAC40 n’ait pas battu son record, environ 6200 points, de 2007? Hmmm? Pourquoi il se traîne à 3700 points?
Comment expliquez vous que le chômage ait explosé des deux côtés de l’Atlantique, malgré la (pseudo) bonne santé outrageuse du monde financier? Comment expliquez vous qu’au moins 30 HEDGE-FUNDS américains n’aient pas explosé après que le cours d’Apple se soit effondré de presque 40%?

La réponse est simple: parce que sur ces 2000 milliards, la Fed n’a balancé aux Européens que quelques milliards de dollars, juste pour mieux les endetter et leur garder la tête hors de l’eau, en réalité juste de quoi respirer… Tout le reste a sauvé les établissements US. Au passage, le peuple européen paye une partie du rétablissement de Wall Street avec du vrai argent, puisqu’il n’y a pas de vraie planche à billets européenne.

PS: Vous avez remarqué que la presse éco française se garde bien d’utiliser le terme “planche à billets”… ça ferait désordre. Les caniches utilisent “assouplissement”, si, si, genre Soupline, voyez?, que Madame verse dans sa machine à laver (c’est aussi une manière inconsciente de nous dire qu’ils nous servent bien de la soupe et pas de l’info)

PS2: le Telegraph non plus n’est pas tombé dans le panneau. “Central bank money printing and the mystery of soaring shares. ‘Why did nobody see it coming?”, the Queen asked four years ago on a visit to the London School of Economics, a brilliantly faux naïve question that cruelly exposed the failings of modern economics”… ha ha ha: “1) One reason is zero interest rates, allowing companies which, in a conventional recession, would have gone bust, to stay in business. At the same time, banks have been bailed out, so that bad debts have in effect been nationalised. Taxpayers rather than investors are being made to pay the price for past excesses. The insolvency problem has been transferred from the private to the public sector … It’s labour rather than capital which has been most damaged by the downturn … 2) The other related explanation is central bank money printing”.

Cliquez ici pour lire l’analyse perfide de la Perfide Albion

PS3: Lisez cet article de ZH “Fed Injects Record $100 Billion Cash Into Foreign Banks Operating In The US In Past Week”pour que certaines banques bien de chez nous ne fassent pas faillite… ça ferait désordre au Dow Jones. Vous avez vu d’ailleurs que le cours du Crédit Agricole est monté? Faut-il y voir l’intervention de la FED??? ha ha ha… Le monde est entré dans un Weimar planétaire, et tout va sauter à un moment donné ou à un autre.

PS4: Lisez surtout ce papier de Caldwell dans le Financial Times ici “What looks like a rally may just be the effect of elites passing money among themselves. The Dow Jones rallied beyond 14,300 points this week, passing the highs it reached in 2007 just as the world economy was starting to wobble”… qui vous explique que tout ceci n’est qu’une cavalerie géante menée par nos politiques, sur le dos du peuple, c’est à dire vous et moi.