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Monday, June 18, 2012

Successor Currency Protected Investments in Europe?


Successor Currency protection indicates an incredible lack of faith in the current currency and they are now being offered in Europe. Much preceded the following but what follows concerned Successor Currency protected investments:

Via Bruce Krasting:

The Bonds that have DM protection clauses are new to me. The following link is to a prospective of the securities issued by VW on June 12, 2012. (Link - PDF) The language regarding “Successor Currency” is here:

References herein to a "Specified Currency" shall include any successor currency provided for by the laws in force in the jurisdiction where the Specified Currency is issued or pursuant to intergovernmental agreement or treaty (a "Successor Currency") to the extent that payment in the predecessor currency is no longer a legal means of payment by the Issuer on the Notes.

A number of “DM protected” bonds have been issued in the last month. If someone has a full list, I would appreciate it. The timing of this issuance is interesting. I understand the bonds were lapped up by the market.

I’m tempted to short the EURUSD on this information. But FX markets are not at all predictable, and there is no assurance that things go in the way this article suggests. One thing that I am pretty sure of is that volatility in FX markets is going to take a very big leap.

This does not bode well for the euro, as paths to a future without are being forged.

When we see these offered here in the US ....


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