About three months ago, shortly before Greece’s sovereign debt was restructured, I began to warn about Spain as the next Eurozone country to focus on. That has, indeed, turned out to be ‘all the news’ with reports every day on Spain’s deteriorating financial condition. Given the ongoing world economic uncertainty and volatility, however, I suggest you now begin to pay very careful attention to Italy going forward, but doing so without losing sight of what is transpiring in Spain. [Let me explain why I see ‘Italy’ eventually surpassing Spain as ‘all the news’.] Words: 485
So says Ian R. Campbell (www.StockResearchPortal.com) in edited excerpts from his synopsis and review (a component of a subscription service but presented here with his kind permission for posting on www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) of 3 articles* on the subject. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.
Campbell goes on to say, in part:
The International Monetary Fund released its 2012/2013 forecast for Italy, as reported in the first two articles referenced below, targeting:
- Italy’s deficit as a % of output at 2.4% in 2012 and 1.5% in 2013 as contrasted with the Italian Government’s current forecasts of 1.6% in 2012 and a balanced budget in 2013;
- Italy’s public debt (said to be 2nd highest to Greece in the Eurozone) at 123.4% in 2012, and 123.8% in 2013;
- Italy’s economy to shrink by 1.8% in 2012, and by a further 0.3% in 2013;
- Italy’s ‘primary balance’ (the budget balance excluding debt service costs) at +3% and +4% of GDP in 2012 and 2013 respectively, as contrasted to higher recent Italian Government targets of 3.4% and 4.9% respectively; and,
- Italy’s ‘tax burden’ (fiscal revenues expressed as a % of GDP) at 48.3% and 49.0% of GDP in 2012 and 2013 respectively, as contrasted to lower the recent Italian Government target of 43.8% in both years.
Spain: Measured by GDP, Spain is:
- the fourth largest Eurozone economy, the fifth largest European economy when the United Kingdom is considered, and
- the world’s twelfth largest economy with
- an unemployment rate of around 23% and youth unemployment rate around 51%….
- [Read: Spain is an Absolute Disaster! Here’s Why]
Italy: According to IMF 2011 statistics from Wikipedia, Italy is:
- the third largest Eurozone economy, with only Germany and France being larger;
- the fourth largest European economy when the United Kingdom is considered;
- the world’s eighth largest economy; and,
- measured by GDP, boasts an economy that measured by GDP is about 50% larger than Spain’s with
- an unemployment rate of 9.3%, with a youth unemployment rate of 31.9%….
The above statistics compare most unfavourably with the IMF World and U.S. 2012 economic growth targets which they recently upgraded from 3.3% to 3.5%, and from 1.8% to 2.1%, respectively, while maintaining a +8% 2012 economic growth rate for China….
Given [the above and the] ongoing world economic uncertainty and volatility, I suggest you begin to pay very careful attention to Italy going forward, but to do so without losing sight of what is transpiring in Spain.
- Italy to Miss Budget Deficit Targets, Debt to Rise: IMF
- As We Assured Clients Two Years Ago, Italy’s Riding the Broken Promise Express To Restructuring
- Italy’s Jobless Rate Increases to Highest Since 2001
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Spain is an absolute disaster on a level that [it seems] few, if any, analysts can even grasp. [Let me try to.] Words: 428
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In this article I lay out precisely why the coming Crisis in Europe will be THE Crisis I’ve been forecasting for the last 24 months, why it will have dire consequences on the U.S. and why the Fed can do absolutely nothing to stop it this time round. Words: 1334
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When the supply of something is increased sharply relative to demand, the value of that commodity will decline. If the supply continues to increase rapidly and indefinitely, then that item will become worth less and less, with the potential to finally become nearly worthless. This is the Developing Disaster facing the US Dollar and the world. This is the factor that could become the single most important criterion in investment allocation decisions and possibly even for individual financial survival…[Let me explain this further by reviewing the 7 major problems facing the U.S. (and thus the world) and how they all will lead to problem #7 – devolution.] Words: 1520
According to the latest real-time Worldwide Consumer Confidence Index most respondents believe that their economic circumstances will improve over the next 6 months even though such confidence has declined marginally from 30 days ago. You don’t feel the same way? OK, read on and actually participate in the survey to have your view of things so recorded. It is fast and easy to do. Here’s how. Words: 410