Archives: December 2011

Euro-Zone Calm Before the Storm?

Posted by: Linda Yueh on December 21

It's been quite a year, but leading economists warn that next year could be worse. The euro crisis is still unresolved, plus the economic outlook has darkened. Nineteen months...

The Euro Crisis Is 'Single Biggest Threat' to U.K. Recovery

Posted by: Linda Yueh on December 13

The euro crisis isn't just affecting economic growth in the U.K., but may also unleash another credit crunch. Spencer Dale, the Bank of England's chief economist and member of...

Italy's Debt Looks More Sustainable

Posted by: Ben Vickers on December 12

Italy's paying more to borrow money, but exactly how much more the government will end up paying to finance itself over the next few years isn't easy to assess—and...

It's Still Up to the ECB to Stem the Crisis

Posted by: Linda Yueh on December 09

The euro-zone leaders adopted a pact to move toward fiscal union and stepped up stabilization measures to face the immediate crisis. This is progress, but as Thomas Mayer, chief...

S&P Tells It Like It Is in Europe

Posted by: Andy Reinhardt on December 06

In some ways it wasn't surprising when Standard & Poor's warned late on Dec. 5 that it was putting 15 of 17 countries using the euro on negative credit...

ECB May Skirt Funding Role With IMF Help, Puts Focus on Euro-Zone Fiscal Rules

Posted by: Ben Vickers on December 02

The European Central Bank may have found a way around the restrictions on it helping fund euro member governments: national central banks will give money to the International Monetary...

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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.

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