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Then what the fuck are they supposed to spend the money on?

The whole damn point of buying back your own bonds at a discount is that this increases the net social wealth, because it removes a default premium (the default premium on bonds outstanding is a cost to the bondholder but not a gain for the issuer - by buying back the bond at a discount, the issuer gets to book the risk premium as a gain... but this doesn't cost the holder anything).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Apr 6th, 2011 at 07:32:18 AM EST
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You can't use the fund's money to buy back the bonds because that would be market manipulation.

It's insane, I know, but the insanity of the European economic establishment is what we have to live with.

Economics is politics by other means

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 6th, 2011 at 08:14:56 AM EST
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