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German debt ratio sinking despite higher state spending

Solid growth and record employment will allow Germany to abide by EU debts rules sooner than forecast while still hiking overall state spending by five percent each year, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.

Source:  Daily Mail, 2016/04/13

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

El Niño: Feeling the heat

Latin American country ends a 15-year exile from the international debt market

Source:  FT, 2016/04/18

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

IMF: Public Debt at Highest Point in 70-plus Years

Public debt has soared throughout the world’s advanced economies to the highest levels since World War II, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday, with many governments facing weak growth and declining prices for such commodities as oil and metals.

Source:  Voice of America, 2016/04/13

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Britain Can’t Afford to Leave the EU

With the approach of its June 23 referendum, Britain is now mired in philosophical debates over whether to leave the European Union. Lost in all the noise, however, is a practical matter of paramount importance: Never has there been a worse time financially for the U.K. to consider such a move.

Source:  WSJ, 2016/04/05

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

China’s debt explosion threatens financial stability, Fitch warns

China’s huge debt levels will weigh on growth over the next five years and could threaten the country’s financial stability unless policymakers rein in credit, Fitch has warned.

Source:  The Telegraph, 2016/04/06

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Italy raises 2017 deficit goal, sets up tussle with Brussels

Italy on Friday cut its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and raised its goal for the 2017 fiscal deficit, setting up a potential conflict with the European Commission. The Commission, already unhappy about Italy’s reluctance to make decisive cuts to rein in its huge public debt, has not yet signed off on […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Fiscal consolidation to deliver results next year

Saudi Arabia’s economic growth slump resulting from oil price decline is expected to bottom out in 2017, largely driven by revival in non-oil economic activity, fiscal consolidation efforts and stabilisation of Brent crude above $40 barrel according to analysts.

Source:  Gulf News, 2016/04/10

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly ‘end game’ for Japan on debt spiral

Japan is heading for a full-blown solvency crisis as the country runs out of local investors and may ultimately be forced to inflate away its debt in a desperate end-game, one of the world’s most influential economists has warned.

Source:  The Telegraph, 2016/04/11

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Argentina flags up risks ahead of bond sale

Marketing documents for Argentina’s multibilliondollar bond sale underscored its fraught relationship with creditors and history of default, as the country prepared investors for an offering as soon as next week.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/12

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Australia vulnerable to debt crisis, says Forbes

Australia is one of seven countries that Forbes magazine says is the “most likely to suffer a debt crisis” within the next three years.

Source:  The Sydney Morning Herald, 2016/03/28

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |