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Those observing the emperor's lack of clothing are multiplying. Earlier today, someone opened their mouth, and remarked on the blatantly obvious. Next thing you know Hungarian CDS was 30% wider, Romanian bond auctions were failing, the euro was tumbling, the PPT was scrambling, US markets closed green with nobody trading, etc. Yet the "letting the genie out of the bottle" award of the day has to go to the head of IMF's policy-steering committee, Youssef Boutros-Ghali who said that the IMF is essentially insolvent in its current form of being the go to backstop for a European bailout. "If we are going to start including funds made available to Europe, then the IMF is not properly resourced," Youssef Boutros-Ghali told Reuters, adding that IMF members were talking of doubling the amount of SDRs. The means the IMF is $318 billion short of solvency. And what is the IMF long? Why gold...3,005 tonnes worth.
The IMF has to have more resources after the support for Greece and needs to "very significantly" increase the amount of special drawing rights, the head of the Fund's policy-steering committee said on Friday.