Monday, January 3, 2011

Roubini on The EU response to the crisis in Ireland

Nouriel Roubini  : " fear has been that unfortunately in the case of the eurozone and a number of insolvent or nearly insolvent countries in it, their problems may just not be of liquidity but also the amounts of debt in the private sector and the banks.

The robust backstopping of the financial systems by the governments has made them near-insolvent . So, provision of liquidity might not be sufficient. At some point down, there might be coercive restructuring of public debt of countries like Greece and Ireland.

And unfortunately, problems are now spreading to Portugal, possibly Spain and other parts of the eurozone. There is also problem of competitiveness. And now, restoring of not only large stocks of public debt but also private liabilities owned by organisations. ..."

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