Iced? Iced!… maybe?

A followup to the Iceland note from yesterday: This morning, the ISK reached a nadir of 350 ISK to the EUR, and I was placing phone calls to travel agencies trying to book the cheapest holiday of my life.

Then, suddenly – a 4 billion EUR loan from Russia (which might or might not exist?) and the imposition of a currency peg, and ISK traded as high as 140 to the EUR. Think about that for a sec: the value of the Icelandic economy doubled in less than an hour.

…and then the ISK promptly slumped back to 220-ish, because you can’t impose a peg if you don’t have anything to defend it with.

Update: here’s a better link about the indefensible peg.

Also iced today: Britain’s entire banking system (except for HSBC).

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