|Drop the Debt bus, photo taken by reds on tour|
The sovereign debt crisis recently made headlines and the issue is still ongoing with the European Union endeavoring to work our strategies to help in improving the finances of the Spanish banks. This debt crisis has made it rather complicated for some countries in the eurozone to re-finance their government debt without the help and support of third parties.
With a view to meet the budget-deficit target for Spain in the very near future, the Prime Minister of Spain has initiated new consumption taxes and spending cuts. But reaching the above-mentioned target is still a far cry, as Spain is presently reeling under the stress of an immensely limp economy along with redundancy at nearly 25%, which is something to worry about.
In addition to the above, considering the fact that some countries are trying desperately to meet the shortfalls in their budget, it is almost impossible to take on the Spanish ten-year bond yields that spiked above seven percent and the Italian bond yields that pushed above six percent. Such high-interest payments along with the reduced tax revenue are saddling the countries with more load than they can carry, so the additional burden of sovereign debt cannot be rolled over in the market, considering the seriousness of the continuing recession in the eurozone.
To add to the troubles, Italian bond yields persistently remain spiked, mainly due to the market belief that its sovereign debt will deteriorate further and so Italy’s efforts to reduce its budget deficit by endeavoring to execute its own austerity measures may prove to be fruitless. The European Unions is being relentlessly pressurized by Spain and Italy to make money available at cheap interest rates.
The woes that Greece faces are further saddened because of the requirement of yet another bailout due to its sovereign debt. And the stark fact remains that its target of budget deficit remains far beyond its reach as it grapples with acute recession and crumpling tax revenues.
Presently, the sovereign debt of Greece stands at just over 500 billion euros; quite a sizeable amount of money that would financially impair the European Union members individually in the event that they would require to do a complete bail-out of Greece. But still, it is not an impossible task.
The sovereign debt of Spain stands at a little over 1.00 trillion euros. The question remains whether the European Union countries can unite to raise enough money to cover this amount. Now if the pressure on Italy intensifies, it could default and see its sovereign debt stand at over 2.7 trillion euros.
So while Greece stands a chance of being bailed out, it looks a bit impossible for Spain, while a certain “No” for Italy to be bailed out by the European Union.
Thus it is very imperative that the European Union gathers itself to get economic growth growing again. Similarly, due care should be taken to guarantee that Spain’s sovereign debt does not touch high magnitudes, because if this happens; i.e., if Spain defaults, it will be impossible to bail out the country’s sovereign debt. And if this happens, it would be the end of Spain and hence the end of the European Union.
That is why it is very important that the sovereign debt crisis is resolved at the earliest.
By Contrarian Investing
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