You thought Alessio Rastani was scary?
So it turns out that Alessio Rastani was more of an “attention-seeker” than he was a seasoned financial whiz, but don’t get too comfortable yet. Rastani’s cherished dream of worldwide economic collapse was like Teletubbies compared to the picture conjured up by this guy.
First of all, Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy has a way scarier name, and secondly, you can’t exactly dismiss his credentials as the Head of Global Securities Services at UniCredit Group in Milan. Before that, he was the Chairman of the Hungarian stock exchange. Today he’s your worst nightmare, laying out a chilling scenario for the Hungarian website Index.hu that has those cold-blooded observers at Zero Hedge saying, “And now… it is really time to panic.”
Szalay-Berzeviczy predicts a Greek default that “will trigger an immediate ‘magnitude 10’ earthquake across Europe… the southern European nation will stop paying salaries and pensions and automated teller machines in the country will empty ‘within minutes.’”
“In other words,” writes Zero Hedge, “welcome to the Apocalypse...”
Mind you, those guys tend to be a bit jumpy.
Anyway, if you’d like an idea of what next week might look like, Alan J. Pakula took a whack at depicting financial Armageddon in his 1981 thriller Rollover.