Saturday, September 7, 2013

Forget Cyprus, Poland confiscates nations pension funds to pay for their debt

First there was Cyprus, where the EU and the world became exposed to a new form of bank bailout called the ‘bail in’.  Now, Poland has taken the next step when on Sept. 4 the government seized and confiscated half of the nations private pension funds, and collateralized them to help towards paying off their sovereign debts.
Interestingly enough however, the primary function of this confiscation is not about paying off the debt in a move towards eventual solvency, but to expand their collateral base to allow them to borrow even more money, and raise their debt limits.
 
 

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