Posts Tagged ‘Drop In The Bucket’
Friday, December 30th, 2011
It seems that it is not just the Europeans that are USD cash starved heading into year-end as the Swiss and Japanese gorged themselves on two-week maturity FX swap lines during the last week. The total outstanding under the Federal Reserve’s USDollar Liquidity Swap Operations jumped from $62.599bn to $99.823bn – or more than 59% during the week ending 12/28. Admittedly, the size of the additional Swiss draw-down, $320mm more compared to $75mm the previous week, is a drop in the bucket compared to the ECB’s additional $33bn this week. However, the more-than-$9bn additional draw-down by the Bank of Japan perhaps helps explain why USD-JPY cross-currency basis swaps eased so much this week (as the desperate need for USD through this counterparty-risk-exposed form of funding reduced by around 12bps or more than 25%). Perhaps it is time to take a closer look at some of the Japanese banks as while the stigma of borrowing from these lines is talked down, clearly there are funding/liquidity needs that are rising dramatically.
From the Fed’s website, the scale of the jump in the swap lines is evident for Europe and Japan.
While the velocity of the initial moves is not quite as historic as the Lehman moments, it is starting to gather pace – now above the pre-2008-crisis starting levels.
And the rise (an improvement) in the USD-JPY basis swap up to the 12/28 break is very notable as banks preferred to spend a little extra (58bps for 15-days versus 32bps for 3-months) and avoid the longer-term currency exposure (and counterparty risk) of the basis swap in favor of the Fed’s visible hand.
Tags: Bank Of Japan, Basis Swap, Basis Swaps, Closer Look, Counterparty Risk, Currency Basis, Currency Exposure, Desperate Need, Drop In The Bucket, ECB, Fx Swap, Initial Moves, Japanese Banks, Lehman, liquidity, Stigma, Term Currency, Usd Jpy, Usdollar, Visible Hand
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Submitted by John C. K. Daly
Unseemly Scramble for Libya’s Post-Gaddafi Oil Assets Underway
While NATO members, led by France, piously proclaimed at the onset of their military offensive in Libya that their concerns were solely humanitarian, a covert tussle to gain a commanding lead in developing the country’s energy riches in light of Colonel Gaddafi’s departure is well underway.
The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which contribute about 95 percent of export earnings, 25 percent of GDP, and 80 percent of government revenue.
Prior to the outbreak of conflict, Libya was exporting about 1.3-1.4 million barrels per day from production estimated at roughly 1.79 million barrels per day, of which approximately 280,000 barrels per day were indigenously consumed. But analysts believe that with reconstruction Libya could soon be exporting 1.6 million barrels per day of high-quality, light crude.
But current production is the proverbial mere drop in the bucket. Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa with 42 billion barrels of oil and over 1.3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. Causing oil company executives from Houston to Beijing to drool on their Gucci loafers, only 25 percent of Libya’s territory has been explored to date for hydrocarbons.
Libya is already Europe’s single largest oil supplier, the second largest oil producer in Africa and the continent’s fourth largest natural gas supplier and already dominates the Southern Mediterranean’s petroleum sector. According to the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), more than 50 international oil companies are already present in the Libyan market.
So, peering into Libya’s future, who’s actually ahead?
On 3 April a letter was allegedly sent by Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to a coalition partner, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, which mentioned that France would take “35 percent of crude oil…in exchange for its total and permanent support” of the NTC. France’s Liberation daily reported on Thursday that it had a copy of the letter, which stated that the NTC’s Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam, would negotiate the deal with France. In 2010 France was the second purchaser of Libyan oil after Italy, with over 15 percent of its “black gold” imported from Tripoli.
The number one National Transition Council, Moustapha Abdeljalil recently reported that the States would be rewarded” according to support “given to the insurgents.
While NTC head Mustafa Abdel Jalil has not hidden the fact that the NTC would assign a higher priority for reconstruction and the allocation of oil contracts to countries that supported their uprising, remarking that nations would be rewarded “according to the support” given to the insurgents, the NTC’s UK representative, Guma al-Gamaty, said that future oil contracts would be granted “on the basis of merit, not patronage. The contracts will be concluded in a transparent manner. ”
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe solemnly denied during a radio interview any knowledge of a “formal” or specific deal but brightly added that it would be “logical” for countries like France, which helped the NTC in its struggle against Gaddafi, to take part in reconstruction.
French President Nicholas Sarkozy was the major European advocate for armed intervention in Libya and his administration was the first officially to recognize the NTC as “the sole, legitimate representative of the Libyan people” and the country’s sole governmental authority, as well as lobbying other nations to recognize the NTC.
Seeking a share of “la gloire,” France was also the first state to commence attacks on 19 March against Gaddafi’s armed forces in Benghazi and along with fellow NATO member Britain, have since provided the majority of the military equipment and personnel used during NATO’s operations in Libya. Going into grey areas of international law in its eagerness to oust Gaddafi France also supplied some weaponry to opposition forces in Libya, a move that came under harsh criticism because of the total arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council on arms deliveries to any side in the conflict.
NTC’s Paris-based envoy Mansour Sayf al-Nasr denied that such a letter had been sent or that any such pledge had been given. But no one was backpedalling more furiously than Information Minister Shammam, who intoned that such an arrangement was unthinkable.
“It’s a joke. It’s false,” Shammam said.
Well, if you cannot believe an Information Minister, who can you trust? Sleazy journalists? It will certainly be interesting to see how the issue plays out in the days ahead, and if France does indeed get it 35 percent cut of the loot, which at present production rates, would average about 500,000 barrels per day.
Tags: Coalition Partner, Colonel Gaddafi, Commanding Lead, Crude Oil, Drop In The Bucket, Export Earnings, Gold, Government Revenue, Gucci Loafers, International Oil Companies, Libyan Economy, National Oil Corporation, National Transitional Council, Nato Members, Oil Assets, Oil Company Executives, Oil Supplier, Petroleum Sector, Proven Oil Reserves, Quality Light, Sheikh Hamad Bin, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
The testimony of a former Paulson & Co official, Paolo Pellegrini, could undercut the Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud case against Goldman Sachs, CNBC has learned.
Pellegrini, testified that he told ACA Management, the main investor in a Goldman mortgage-securities transaction, that Paulson intended to bet against – or short – the portfolio of mortgages ACA was assembling.
“If true, the testimony would contradict the SEC’s claim that ACA did not know Paulson was hoping the mortgage securities would fail and weaken charges that Goldman misled investors by not informing ACA of Paulson’s position,” said the CNBC report.
Importantly, neither Pellegrini nor Paulson & Co has been accused of wrongdoing.
Source: CNBC, April 21, 2010.
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