Gross Domestic Product

Spain Releases Another Stunner: Deficit Could Be Greater Than 8% Of GDP

One of the biggest headlines that floated under the radar late last week was the announcement by Spain that its budget deficit would soar well higher than the expected 6% of economic output and instead be at 8% of GDP, which while ignored by the broader media was certainly noted by the EURUSD which tumbled on the news. Probably the most humorous response came from the neo-feudal viceroy of the PIIGS Olli Rehn who was displeased. From Reuters: "The European Commission regretted missed fiscal targets announced in Spain on Friday, but hailed the government's announcement of an austerity plan intended to slash the Spanish public deficit. "I regret the sizable fiscal slippage" to a deficit of 8.0 percent of GDP instead of 6.0 percent initially targeted, Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said, while welcoming the new measures announced from Madrid." We in turn regret that a year after adopting so-called austerity, Spain still has not understood that it means cutting the deficit, not blowing it up. Because just like in Greece, sooner or later the Germans will come knocking and demanding every last shred of sovereign independence from its bevy of debt/bailout slaves. Unfortunately today's news will not help: in another piece of news that many hope slip under the low volume radar, the government just said that the revised number could well be re-revised even worse as soon as a few days later.

Moody's On U.S.: AAA Stable.... For Now

Moody's noted earlier that the U.S.' AAA rating is stable for now, although it is not clear how the government's interventions in the financial markets and economic stimuli will affect the deteriorating financial position. U.S. Treasuries issued to the public are "most certain" to be paid, wrote Steven Hess, Moody's senior credit officer, in a research report. If that isn't a good example of diplomacy and watching out for one's career, nothing is.