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ECB Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged At 1%

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Thu, 06/10/2010 - 07:59 | 405556 wintermute
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I usually take Robert Peston with a pinch of salt. But hat-tip to him. His latest article is a must read for those who want the big picture on eurozone funding risks:

"Well, I've taken the annual average for a country's deficit over the period 2009 to 2011 (as per the IMF's figures) and then added the maximum repayment in a single year faced by that country.

What this should show is the vulnerability to investors losing their appetite to lend - and should also identify the year of greatest susceptibility to a liquidity crisis.

The results are perhaps not quite what you would expect.

Within the European Union, Greece (predictably) comes top of the list for annual financing requirement - with the need to raise 23.2% of GDP in 2012.

Second place however may surprise you: it's Belgium, with a 19.3% financing requirement this year.

Third is Spain, with the need to raise debt equivalent to 19.2% of GDP in 2011.

Fourth: France, an 18.9 financing requirement per cent this year, because debt equivalent to 11.2% of GDP is due for repayment.

Fifth: Italy, with a refinancing requirement of 18.8% of GDP this year and not much less next year.

Sixth: Portugal, whose peak refinancing requirement would be 18.6% (in 2011).

Germany looks pretty sound on this measure, with a peak financing requirement of 15.4% next year.

But here's what I thought was extraordinary. Ireland, despite its huge current deficit, has a peak financing requirement of 14.3%, because so little of its existing debt is coming up for repayment."

Those ECB rates will be 1% or less for a long time to come.

The whole article is an excellent read:


Thu, 06/10/2010 - 08:51 | 405624 mephisto
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Anyone here know the figure for the US?

#EDIT# - Pesto quotes 25%, worse than anyone in Europe.

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 09:00 | 405645 ZeroPower
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This 1% is perfect for some EU countries (ITA, SPA) and horrible for others where they actually save money (GER, FRA).

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 11:08 | 405947 Grand Supercycle
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The EURO breakout I suggested yesterday, has made its move ...



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