The Luck of the Irish

4leafIt seems Ireland is basically insolvent. All hail the banks.

The Ireland "Dr. Doom":

WHEN I wrote in The Irish Times last May showing how the bank guarantee would lead to national insolvency, I did not expect the financial collapse to be anywhere near as swift or as deep as has now occurred. During September, the Irish Republic quietly ceased to exist as an autonomous fiscal entity, and became a ward of the European Central Bank.

Morgan Kelly is an Irish Economist who is predicting an 80% drop in Ireland home prices. He estimates their own bank bail out is sinking their nation:

This €70 billion bill for the banks dwarfs the €15 billion in spending cuts now agonised over, and reduces the necessary cuts in Government spending to an exercise in futility. What is the point of rearranging the spending deckchairs, when the iceberg of bank losses is going to sink us anyway?

What is driving our bond yields to record levels is not the Government deficit, but the bank bailout. Without the banks, our national debt could be stabilised in four years at a level not much worse than where France, with its triple A rating in the bond markets, is now.

As a taxpayer, what does a bailout bill of €70 billion mean? It means that every cent of income tax that you pay for the next two to three years will go to repay Anglo’s losses, every cent for the following two years will go on AIB, and every cent for the next year and a half on the others. In other words, the Irish State is insolvent: its liabilities far exceed any realistic means of repaying them.

Meanwhile Bloomberg is reporting Irish Bonds are tanking:

While Ireland has the funds to avert the need for an immediate rescue, its cash may run out in the middle of next year unless it can raise money from the bond market in 2011.

The Irish bond is doing a cliff dive thing:

The yield on the Irish 10-year security climbed 21 basis points to 8.04 percent at 4:32 p.m. in London. The difference in yield, or spread, between the debt and bunds widened to a record 550 basis points, or 5.5 percentage points, Bloomberg generic data shows. The 5 percent bond maturing October 2020 slid 1.21, or 12.1 euros per 1,000-euro ($1,391) face amount, to 79.74.

Naked Capitalism has more commentary on why Morgan Kelly is right.

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Offshore outsourcing jobs to Ireland

It was the Irish government that granted billions in tax breaks to multinational corporations, resulting in a huge loss of jobs in the United States. Microsoft, Google, ... moved jobs from the U.S. to Ireland to take advantage of the generous Irish corporate tax code.

Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes

Yet now we see that Ireland really couldn't afford giving those tax give-aways to multinationals. Unfortunately, it sounds like the burden of paying for bank bailouts is falling on regular Irish taxpayers and that the multinationals are again escaping paying their fair share.

"In other words, the Irish State is insolvent: its liabilities far exceed any realistic means of repaying them."

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China Now 80% of $500 Billion Trade Defecit

The September Trade deficit came in at $44Bn. China has now replaced Oil for the lions share. We are permitted to refer to the Trade Deficit and other economic phenomenon as the China Deficit.
Yeah $500Bn is a big deal in the middle of a depression and $400Bn is a big deal for the $500Bn. As you nailed it Bob, this deficit is strangling economic growth. In the simplest terms, a negative or subtract of 3.5% of GDP. Imagine the U.S. economy growing at
5%, and we understand a big part of this crisis.

Credits to the Sheep at the Gray Lady
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/business/economy/11econ.html?ref=business

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Burton Leed

I'm writing up the overview with charts as you comment

That's why I pound on China so much, they dominate the trade deficit so this isn't news per say. (although worth repeating!)

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Ireland to "accept" Aid 60 Euros

A follow up to this post, Ireland is being encouraged to accept Aid from the EU.

Ireland could draw on the 60 billion euro ($82 billion) segment of the broader 750-billion-euro fund set up by the EU and International Monetary Fund in May, Irish state broadcaster RTE said, without saying where it obtained the information. The smaller pool is funded directly by the European Commission, the EU’s Brussels-based executive branch.

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