Monday, September 12, 2011

JP Morgan Explains The Euro Crisis With Legos

Click on chart for larger view.

Via Barry Ritholz, here is who is in the picture:
  1. The toreador in a floppy hat, and the F1 driver with his helmet, represent Spain, Italy and the rest of the Euro Periphery.
  2. The three men with helmets, shields, and medieval weaponry represent the CDU, CSU and FDP parties in Germany.
  3. The blue-and-white sailor boy is Finland. Obvs.
  4. The woman with an oversized carrot and her friend in overalls with a shovel represent the Social Democrats and Greens.
  5. Wotan represents the Bundesbank.
  6. The piggy bank is the IMF.
  7. The grey-haired Banque chap is the ECB.
  8. The chap in the red bib is Poland.
  9. The artists are France.
  10. The angry chef, the sweeper with a broom, the airline pilot, and the rest of the motley crew at bottom left, represent EU taxpayers in Core countries.
  11. The storm troopers are the EU Commission and Euro Group Finance Ministers, chaired by Jose Manuel Barroso and Jean- Claude Juncker.
  12. The monocled banker and his assistant are EU bondholders and shareholders.
The positions of all the lego players in the crisis are detailed by JPMorgan, here.

Of note, there is no lego character for free spending Greeks, nor one for the shadow of Karl Marx, who provides egalitarian-lite theoretical cover for the free spending Greeks.


1 comment:

  1. Marvelous! But I think there's an arrow missing from 12 to 10. On second look, I see there are no outgoing arrows at all from 12. I can't quite believe that EU bond- and shareholders aren't maneuvering to stick someone - anyone! - else with their impending losses.