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A bailout of a country involves guaranteeing non-usurious interest rates on new issues during the 18-24 months it takes for the hysterical children to calm down after a sovereign default.

A bailout of the bondholders involves having other countries roll over the bonds so the current bondholders get their money back.

I will leave it to the reader to decide which of the two descriptions is the more apt for what the ECBuBa, EFSF, et al have been doing

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Sep 7th, 2011 at 03:49:33 PM EST
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