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François Godement August 16, 2011
The debt crisis rocking Greece, Portugal or Italy not only threatens the stability of the eurozone, but also raises serious questions about the region’s relations with the world. This two-part series examines the European crisis and its ramifications. In the first article, François Godement, senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations, points out that minimal attention is...
Nayan Chanda August 15, 2011
In reducing the AAA credit rating for the US, Standard & Poor’s offered a forward-looking opinion on the risk of the nation meeting its obligations in full and on time. Rather than shun US treasury notes, investors sold off equities, putting the US stock markets into a nosedive. The reaction reflects deep skepticism, not about the quality of the debt, explains YaleGlobal Editor Nayan Chanda,...
David Dapice August 9, 2011
Around the globe, national leaders show no clue, no confidence, about how to re-engineer job creation or global economic security, contends economist David Dapice. The US has many resources for resolving its large debt, but bickering and stubborn quests for power prevent speedy resolution. Europe’s resistance to enact long-term policies on unequal accrual of debt among its member states and...
Bettina Wassener, Matthew Saltmarsh July 15, 2011
China, a major lender to the US, urges the president and US Congress to reach agreement on lifting the nation’s debt limit, so that bills can be paid. “China holds more than $1 trillion in United States Treasury securities, making it highly sensitive to any developments that could lower the value of those holdings,” reports the New York Times. Statutory limits have been in place since 1917, an...
Bruce Stokes May 2, 2011
To encourage growth, governments borrowed to finance infrastructure and current expenditures, and anticipated revenues to eventually cover the costs. Low interest rates led to surging debt, investment bubbles and unrealistic growth projections rather than a sustainable economy with jobs and tax revenues. This two-part series analyzes the impending crisis for advanced economies. Europe had hoped...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller January 17, 2011
The world has gross savings of more than $61 trillion, reports the International Monetary Fund. Those holdings are highly imbalanced: China’s surplus is more than $4 trillion while the US owes $14 trillion. Investors relentlessly detect and predict trends in pursuit of higher profits. Japan, the US and many European nations carry high debt loads. The financial markets are impatient with low...
Carmen Reinhart October 7, 2010
In an interview with Nayan Chanda, Professor Carmen Reinhart, co-author of This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, discusses the causes behind the current financial crisis and the measures needed to recover and grow. – YaleGlobal