Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/01/2012 13:50 -0400
Two weeks ago, when commenting on the (first of many) nationalizations of energy companies (yes, the collateral shortage we have been discussing over the past year is particularly in effect when it comes to energy assets, although one does not need superficially complicated theories to explain it), in this case of Spanish YPF assets in Argentina we said “How soon until any and every government follows suit in a world in which excess liquidity sloshing around makes expropriation of vital energy producing assets a key prerogative? And how long until the resultant (accelerating) collapse in faith of the monetary system, leads government to declare “monetary self-sufficiency” and confiscate everything that is not nailed down. In exchange for worthless pieces of paper of course. Just to make it “fair”.” The answer: two weeks. As of a few hours ago, Bolivia has followed in Argentina’s footsteps and has just announced it is nationalizing yet another Spanish company’s domestic assets, in this case Red Electrica.