The EU decison to sweep 10% of deposits may signal the beginning of the end for kicking the can down the road. Cyprus itself is small, but its banks have been attracting deposits and lending to high risk countries like Greece in amounts much beyond the Cyprus economy - and attracting foreign depositers (particularly Russians) with high interest. (In the US this is restricted - as a bank gets into trouble it is not supposed to be able to issue high-yields on deposits.)
Banks runs have swept Cyprus, and the government has called several days of bank holidays to get a vote on the bailout through before depositers can get their cash out. It is not clear the votes are there.
Sunday evening in the US, currencies are racing to "risk off" (ie out of the Euro and into the USD). The S&P is approaching the point of the Triple Top, and is certainly close enough that any drop from here may signal the end. Technical signals are sending warning signs, such as this chart from Zerohedge that shows stocks again at nosebleed levels vs. forward earnings, just like the prior two tops of this Triple:
The Cyprus bank-runs are eerily like the beginning of the sovereign debt crises in 1931-2 that drove the global economy off the edge. The same sorts of events seem to be unfolding, but in slow motion as central banks dump liquidity to stem the crises.
You might think that it can't happen here in the US, but it did, in 1933: FDR confiscated gold in exchange for paper Dollars, then re-valued the gold ratio from $20/oz to $35/oz - effectively confiscating 40%, well beyond the Cyrpus action. Because transactions in the US stayed priced in Dollars, it appeared to be a wash, but inflation began as US prices re-marked to real money.
Martin Armstrong, a student of financial history, looks at this and conjectures that when the Fed faces a similar crisis, for example when it begins losing control over interest rates and has to get more buyers of Treasury debt at low rates, Treasury may issue Savings Bonds and Congress pass a law to force purchases of them. This acts like a gold swap or deposit sweep in that the forced savings are likely to be traded into an illiquid and below-market asset, the savings bond. He calls it Patriot Act II - a good patriot woud buy the bond.
Short term, however, this may be bullish for the US as money races to US assets as a safe haven. After an initial jitter in stocks, the on-rush of foreign capital spikes the S&P to new highs. Looking at the market since 2000, it appears to be in a trading range, but over-shot below the bottom in 2009; typically it would now over-shoot above the top of the range before the end.