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04/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Outrageous But Legal: EU Knew Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Use Derivatives to Conceal Deficits


Bloomberg
reports:

Greece turned to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2002, just after adopting the euro, to get $1 billion in funding through a swap on $10 billion of debt, Christoforos Sardelis, head of Greece's Public Debt Management Agency at the time, said in an interview last week. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, was aware of the plan, he said.

This is like your local bank ignoring video footage of a mortgagee borrowing money from a loan shark to make a down payment. Clearly, the EU should have more closely analyzed this financial engineering given the high risk use of derivatives to manage critical sovereign debt.

Outrageous ... But Legal.

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