With stocks at record highs and the U.S. economy improving, the European debt crisis seems like a distant memory….[While] Europe is no longer the market’s focal point, however, that doesn’t mean the euro zone’s financial problems have gone away.
So writes Ian Wyatt (wyattresearch.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled The European Debt Story No One Is Telling You.
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Wyatt goes on to say in further edited (and paraphrased in some instances) excerpts:[As] we’ve seen before, European debt problems spread like wildfire – every time one country’s debt problems worsen, it impacts several others.
The Latest: Portuguese bond yields spiked to 8% last week amid rumblings that the country will need a second bailout. Turmoil among Portugal’s three main political parties has fueled fears that the country may not be able to satisfy terms of its current $102 billion bailout from 2011…
Update: The country’s austerity measures are working. Portugal’s fiscal deficit has fallen to 6.4% from 10.1% in 2010 but with thousands of workers losing their jobs, the country’s Socialist Party wants to put an end to austerity – which would be a violation of the current bailout agreement. Should that happen, Portugal could plunge even deeper into recession and become the second country (along with Greece) to request a second bailout.
In addition to Portugal’s problems, here’s what’s happening in four of Europe’s largest economies:
The Latest: Fitch downgraded France’s credit rating to AA+ from AAA last week, citing forecasts of even higher indebtedness.
The Latest: The mayor of Athens was assaulted by workers protesting the country’s recent austerity measures. Greece recently [eliminated] 15,000 civil service jobs and reduced wages for thousands of others even as the country approaches a 30% unemployment rate.
The Latest: Standard & Poor’s downgraded Italy’s credit rating to BBB on July 9 as the country’s economic prospects grew even weaker. It might not stop there – the firm said another downgrade could be coming later this year or early next year. Fears of a bailout are starting to grow.
The Latest: Yields on 10-year Spanish bonds surged to their highest level in 11 months due to lack of demand at an auction of 4 billion euros of debt.
All of the [abovementioned] problems have a domino effect. We’ve seen before that European debt problems spread like wildfire. Every time one country’s debt problems worsen, it impacts several others and the worse Europe’s debt problems get, the more exposed U.S. banks and other businesses become to the contagion.
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*http://www.wyattresearch.com/article/the-european-debt-story-no-one-is-telling-you/30058 (© 2013 Wyatt Investment Research & Business Financial Publishing LLC; Click here to sign up for Daily Profit today!)
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