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$100B withdrawal from US Treasury
bills hints at Russian move

New York Post, by Geoff Earle

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/15/2014 8:42:28 AM

WASHINGTON — A record $100 billion in withdrawals of Treasury bills is raising speculation that the Kremlin and Russian oligarchs are yanking their money out of the United States to avoid upcoming sanctions over Ukraine. The massive outflow over the past week came as President Obama and other top US officials repeatedly warned Russia would face a “cost” if it didn’t reverse course in Ukraine. The total amount of foreign-held US Treasury securities dropped to $2.86 trillion — lowest in more than a year. Last year, the most moved out in a week was $32 billion. Analysts said that if the switch was made

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 3/15/2014 8:56:09 AM     (No. 9769680)

China´s next. Putin kicks butt again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/15/2014 9:10:06 AM     (No. 9769696)

Hmmm- suddenly, I´m starting to think like a Russian.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 3/15/2014 9:16:15 AM     (No. 9769703)

Does Obama believe he operates in a vacuum? For weeks he telegraphs his possible sanctions and then is taken by surprise when the Russians quietly countermove.

$100 billion is all they took? I´ll bet it is a whole lot more and the Fed Chairman is telling us a little at a time. No sense in making Zippy look too bad all at once.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Shucky, 3/15/2014 9:28:12 AM     (No. 9769721)

Am I the only one who thinks Obama had basically signaled the "heads up" so they could move their money before the policy went into place? It is all an act to fool the US public while empowering Russia.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: uno, 3/15/2014 9:36:28 AM     (No. 9769736)

#4 - Nope.
"Mistake" after "mistake", after "mistake", after "mistake", sure starts looking intentional after a while. Is 5 1/2 years long enough? After all, it´s not like we didn´t know who he was in 2007!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ribicon, 3/15/2014 9:37:19 AM     (No. 9769737)

No problem; Janet will just print more. Good time to invest in a wheelbarrow manufacturer, I say.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 3/15/2014 9:44:42 AM     (No. 9769748)

Interesting, the MSM wasn´t too interested in reporting market manipulation in the fall of 2008. I wonder why?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/15/2014 9:51:49 AM     (No. 9769761)

Appears that Russian government moved possession of US T-Bills to a custodian bank outside of the US. Question is what happens when these 3, 6, & 12 month securities mature? Does the US Treasury pay principal & minuscule interest to this foreign bank or does it seize cash? If Obama tries to keep proceeds, this move will frighten off many foreign governments from further purchases of US Treasuries, causing a sharp increase in US interest rates and sell-off in our stock markets.

If Treasury pays the proceeds to the foreign bank, how will the Russian government invest it? Would appear to be reluctant to purchase EU central government debt for the same political risk. Same issue with Japanese government ´a yen denominated debt. Quandary for both US & Russia.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ziel, 3/15/2014 10:20:54 AM     (No. 9769794)

#8
They will try to diversify and buy gold silver and invest quietly in other assets. They will not buy US and European Treasuries anymore.
They might work with China,I think there were some contacts already.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Vivi, 3/15/2014 10:21:29 AM     (No. 9769795)

For some reason I suddenly had the urge to look up the definition for kabuki dance ... Events designed to create the appearance of conflict or of an uncertain outcome when in fact the actors work together to determine the outcome before hand.

Everyone feeling flexible?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nevernaught, 3/15/2014 10:33:20 AM     (No. 9769823)

I don´t know what Russia´s debt might be, but I bet it isn´t 17 trillion and rising.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: judy, 3/15/2014 10:37:04 AM     (No. 9769827)

We can live without Russia´s investments. It´s their loss. Russia´s stock market has tanked. Putin probably needed the $$$ to build him & his girlfriend a big mansion with a gym.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: comstock, 3/15/2014 11:29:12 AM     (No. 9769895)

They didn´t get to be oligarchs by thinking like liberals.

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