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Beware of Greeks bearing bonds.

That is the message the markets screamed at us this week, when yields on the sovereign debt issued by the home of Plato and Socrates rose a gut-wrenching 400 basis points against German bunds. The move is welcome news to the big hedge funds that piled into the Piigs trade over the New Year in expectation of the worsening of the credit worthiness of Europe’s weakest members. To the uninitiated, this is where you go long the debt of German government agencies, a country that has passed a constitutional amendment to balance the budget by 2016. (Hellooooooo! Is anyone in Washington listening?). You then short in equal value amounts the debt of Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. This trade already delivered a home run in a matter of weeks, and could have more to go. I managed to catch this indirectly in my January 4 Annual Asset Allocation Review by warning that the dollar haters had become too numerous and were about to get a severe spanking, getting whacked mercilessly by a greenback punching through to the $1.30’s initially, and eventually to the $1.20’s. This was predictable because the dire straights of the EC’s weakest members are certain to prolong the European Central Bank’s zero interest rate regime far longer than ours. The debt levels in some of these countries make America look like a paragon of fiscal integrity. Some analysts are predicting that the Euro itself might not even survive the crisis. How long can a sober, conservative German grandfather be expected to indulge the disgraceful habits of its party animal, thrill seeking, drug addicted grandchildren? I fear not long.