Spain has floated a number of bad-bank proposals recently, all of which were fundamentally flawed and doomed from the start.

The latest shell-game proposal will supposedly take bank assets, put them in a non-bank, while forcing the banks to come up with sufficient capital to cover losses.

Please consider Spain in Talks Over ‘Bad Bank’ Scheme

Spain’s government and its banks are discussing a new scheme to segregate problematic property loans into one or more asset management companies to relieve the burden on struggling lenders, according to officials and bankers.

The “bad bank” scheme is the latest attempt by the centre-right government of Mariano Rajoy, prime minister, to avoid an international rescue programme of the sort required by Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

Ministers had decided they had no need of an Irish-style bad bank. But economists say the crisis is so dire that weak banks will need further recapitalisation of about €100bn.

Government officials insist that the scheme should not be called a bad bank, because it will not be a bank and participating lenders will be able to park assets in it only if they have set aside sufficient bad loan provisions, independently valued.

The scheme is being developed by Luis de Guindos, economy minister, and is in line with a recommendation by the International Monetary Fund.

Can One-Winged Pigs Fly?

If banks have sufficient loan-loss reserves then why don’t they simply take the losses now? If they can raise capital now, then why don’t they? If they cannot raise capital now, how will will they be able to do so in the process of moving the assets to a non-bank bank?

This ludicrous plan has the flight capability of a one-winged pig.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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