Roughly a month ago IMF bureaucrats released an official report which stated, among other things, that Bulgarian banks are “stable and liquid.”
Talk about epic timing. Because less than two weeks later, Bulgaria’s banking system was in the throes of a full-blown crisis.
There was a run on two of the nation’s largest banks—several hundred million dollars had been withdrawn in a matter of hours.
And the Bulgarian central bank had to step in and take over both of them or risk a collapse in the entire system.
This is the modern miracle of fractional reserve banking.
The lesson here is clear: The people in charge of regulating the system and making these proclamations about bank safety are totally clueless.
Clearly, Bulgaria (and Portugal) shows that the entire system can really be a bunch of smoke and mirrors.