Friday, November 27, 2009

And I Suppose People Were Not Expecting This ...

From the FT today:

Dubai shockwave hits global markets

Tremors from the shock request by Dubai’s flagship government-owned holding company for a debt standstill spread through global equity markets on Friday, triggering a sell-off in Asia and heavy losses on Wall Street.

While European markets staged a modest but nervous
rally after heavy sell-offs this week, investor sentiment remained jittery amid
a scramble to assess the broader fallout of the problems of Dubai World.
In depth: Dubai in turmoil - Jul-06
Editorial Comment: Dubai reveals the fragility of finance - Nov-27
Lex: Banks’ Dubai exposures - Nov-27
Opinion: Reality catches up with the Gulf’s model global city - Nov-27
Nakheel’s creditors dash to minimise damage - Nov-27
Abu Dhabi expected to prop up smaller brother - Nov-27

Hmm ... a scrap of the most inhospitable, useless land on the planet somehow convinces the world that it's rich simply by fiat. It goes on a spending spree to prove it. It falls flat on its face. I suppose that won't stop people from being shocked and awed.

Merriam-Webster defines a Mirage as:

... 2 : something illusory and unattainable like a mirage
synonyms: see delusion

Get it? A mirage? In the desert?

How's this for a rule, space cadets: nothing times any amount of leverage is still nothing. Remember that next time you are considering what to do with your kids' inheritance.

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