Posts Tagged ‘sovereign debt’

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    Greek Haircuts

    Jul 6, 11 • 385 Views • No Comments

    When people talk about haircuts and Greece, they are no longer referring to the female beauticians that retired at 50 with a generous state pension because their work was “arduous.” Instead, they are discussing the losses, known on Wall Street as......  [read more]

  • Celebrating Economic Independence

    Jul 4, 11 • 337 Views • No Comments

    Alexander Hamilton must have been worried. In 1790, as Secretary of the Treasury, a troubled economy had become his responsibility. He had a huge federal debt to fund, a banking sector that was distressed, and manufacturing to stimulate. Sound familiar?......  [read more]

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    A New Drachma?

    Jun 23, 11 • 390 Views • No Comments

    According to a 2002 BBC report, Greece was the least prepared to make the switch to the euro in 2002. During the transition only 1/6 of all businesses in Greece had received their euros. Now, Greece remains a dysfunctional euro nation. Can it leave? Not......  [read more]

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    Euro-Zone Rates

    Jun 17, 11 • 397 Views • No Comments

    Please match each of the following countries with its unemployment rate and borrowing rate: Countries: Germany, Greece, Ireland; and the U.S. and the U.K. Unemployment rates: 9.1%, 7.7%, 7%, 15.9%, 14.8% 2-year bond rates: .5%, 4.5%, 1.75%, 29.69%, 12.95% The......  [read more]

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    Debt Deja Vu

    Jun 9, 11 • 353 Views • No Comments

    Again, Greek debt was in the news. This time, though, the focus was other defaults. For as long as nations have existed, they have borrowed money and then been unable to repay it. The first report of Greece defaulting on her debt was during the fourth century......  [read more]