View Full Version : Soros Says ‘We Have Just Entered Act II’ of Crisis

10th June 2010, 08:42 AM
By Zoe Schneeweiss and Andrew MacAskill

June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire investor George Soros said “we have just entered Act II” of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen.

“The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,” Soros said today at a conference in Vienna. “Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.”

Concern that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis may spread sent the euro to a four-year low against the dollar on June 7 and has wiped out more than $4 trillion from global stock markets this year. Europe’s debt-ridden nations have to raise almost 2 trillion euros ($2.4 trillion) within the next three years to refinance maturing bonds and fund deficits, according to Bank of America Corp.

“When the financial markets started losing confidence in the credibility of sovereign debt, Greece and the euro have taken center stage, but the effects are liable to be felt worldwide,” Soros said.

Soros gained fame in the 1990s when he reportedly made $1 billion correctly betting against the British pound. He also wagered that Germany’s mark would appreciate after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and that Japanese stocks would start to fall in the same year. His firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, manages about $25 billion.


10th June 2010, 01:34 PM
When does Act III begin? (Looting, burning, cannibalism....) My recollection was that for Katrina they'd reached Act III in about 48 hours, at least inside inside the 'dome.

How does this tie into the '7 stages of grief'? (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance)

It still looks like most of the world is in denial about fiat money and the related problems, so it seems there's a long way to go yet.