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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BlueCrest Capital's Michael Platt on European Crisis & How He's Trading

BlueCrest Capital Management's Michael Platt spoke with Bloomberg Television about the European crisis and how he's trading the current situation.

On the financial impact of a Greek exit:

“I think the order of events would be Greece exits, shock wave across Europe, massive stress in banks, Spain turns into the battleground for the euro because of distresses in their own banking system, and then we either get a very swift and strong European solution or we get a hugely disorderly meltdown in Europe. “

On whether Spanish banks are acknowledging their real estate positions:

“No, they are not. In a country with 24% unemployment, they have a 3% provision against their mortgage book…The mortgage book of Ireland has a 10% provision. What is going on in Spain is that 22% of Spanish mortgages have been reworked, half of them more than twice. In other words, there’s evidence that the banks have been evergreening loans.  In which case, 7% of it, you have to take another allowance of 7% to get it to Irish levels against 650 billion euros. That’s another 50 billion euros there. And the same is going on in the loans to small and medium enterprises.”

On how he's trading Europe right now:

“The problem is you can make a pretty sensible argument for almost any outcome in Europe. It could be a run on the banks very quickly. The Greeks could end up staying in for a little bit longer. They could vote to take themselves out. There could be a eurobond. The whole situation could be overtaken by events. We could have bank runs in Spain. We could have LTRO. We could have a concerted bond-buying action from the ECB. You can make a sensible argument for almost any outcome it's in such a state of flux right now. I think that when you get into these sorts of situations, the first thing you want to do is you want to ensure that your money is in a place where you like the credit so that if there is a major banking problem you're not going to lose money on credit…The reason why the treasury market's doing so well. Treasuries, and the short end of Europe with German government bonds, for two years now yield being essentially zero.”

Embedded below is the video of Platt's interview with Bloomberg Television:

For more on how hedgies are playing the European crisis, head to Marc Lasry on opportunities in distressed debt.

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