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Archives: October 2011

Euro Crisis Fix: Mounting Questions

Posted by: Andy Reinhardt on October 31

After the euphoric initial reaction to the breakthrough reached by European leaders on Oct. 27 to save the euro zone, analysts are casting a more skeptical eye toward the...

Merkel Stamps Her Style on Europe's Crisis Talks

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 28

Angela Merkel has stamped her particular style on the EU crisis debate. Her flair for negotiation and compromise is what you might expect from the head of a country...

Not Even Your Life-Insurance Policy Is Safe

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 28

Europeans working now can't win. Not only will many of them bail out the banks through their tax payments in years to come and work longer as the retirement...

Is Italy Too Far Gone?

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 27

What is wrong with Italy? In a few short months it has taken the place of Spain as the country that in many minds may spark the dreaded contagion...

Reading From the Same News Sheet

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 26

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are said to be planning to meet bankers tonight in Brussels to negotiate the terms of a writedown on Greek...

Spain's Businesses Are Hooked on Bank Loans

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 26

Europe's banks have turned up the pressure on politicians in Brussels, saying a push to increase bank capital may limit their ability to lend to the region's companies. The...

British Anti-EU Vote Hurts Cameron, Solidarity

Posted by: Andy Reinhardt on October 25

It's no secret that segments of Britain's populace and political class have never reconciled themselves to being a part of the experiment in supranational government known as the European...

The Single German Market

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 25

Jean-Claude Trichet, in his last scheduled speech as ECB president on Oct. 24, was keen to point out there is a winner in the euro crisis from whom lessons...

Where Are the Buyers?

Posted by: Ben Vickers on October 24

UBS, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Credit Suisse all report third-quarter results over the next eight days. They will show again how much, or probably how little, banks have done...

Markets Like Weekend Summit Progress

Posted by: Andy Reinhardt on October 24

I had Sunday roast yesterday with a friend who happens to be a hedge fund manager here in London. (Both he and his firm shall remain nameless to protect...


Financial markets are on the edge as investors await a solution to the European debt crisis. This blog examines the banks that hold billions of euros worth of Greek, Italian, and other sovereign debt; the governments that must pay off or refinance that debt; and the implications for the worldwide financial system if they can't.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the author and or commentators, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

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