On an almost daily basis we hear of countries or central banks preparing for the collapse as politicians refuse to prepare their own citizens. The Swiss Central Bank during the week became one of the latest to announce contingency plans. Although almost all admit it’s just in case, the fact that officially they are admitting such plans, dictates that the situation is worse than that.
Policymakers and firms across Europe are making preparations to cope with a break-up of the single currency, with the president of the Swiss central bank yesterday becoming the latest senior figure to admit to contingency plans for a “collapse” of the eurozone.
“We must be prepared just in case the currency union collapses, although I don’t expect that to happen,” said Swiss National Bank boss Thomas Jordan. He added that his objective would be to prevent funds flooding into the safe haven of the Swiss franc, which could damage his country’s export sector.
BOE has admitted its plans.
Sterling has also appreciated considerably since the beginning of the year as market fears over the future of the single currency have increased. Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, said this month that the Bank was preparing contingency plans to cope with a potential major economic shock to the UK economy emanating from the eurozone.
European Commission has asked member state to prepare.
Last week, the European Commission said that it has asked member states to make plans to deal with a potential Greek exit, ahead of a second round of Greek elections on 17 June.
Insurance market are making contingency plans.
It is not just eurozone officials who are making emergency preparations. The chief executive of Lloyd’s of London, Richard Ward, yesterday said the insurance market was also developing contingency plans. “I don’t think that if Greece exited the euro it would lead to the collapse of the eurozone, but what we need to do is prepare for that eventuality,” Mr Ward told The Sunday Telegraph. “We would switch to multi-currency settlement if the Greeks abandoned the euro and started using the drachma again.”
French and Spanish Banks.
Last week, sources told Reuters news agency that French banks – the most exposed of Europe’s banks to a Greek debt default – have stepped up contingency planning. At the end of December 2011, French lending to Greece was $44.4bn (£28.3bn), according to data from the Bank for International Settlements. Meanwhile, Spain will try to shore up confidence in its fragile banking sector this week. On Saturday, the president of Spain’s fourth-largest lender, Bankia, said that it would be looking to sell off many of its overseas assets, including stakes in British Airways and Iberia, after it was effectively nationalised last week.
….then again, they are just plans………..;-)
Source: The Independent