Will wealth need diversification of a tangible hedge as the sovereign crisis deepens?
*The Economist, July 28, 2012:
''THE worst nightmares are the ones you cannot wake up from.
Just ask Spain. A year ago the cost of Spanish government
borrowing soared as euro contagion spread from - Greece, Ireland and
Portugal. Panic seemed to subside with central-bank intervention
and the promise of a new reforming government in Madrid. Since
then Spain has, broadly, been as good as its word and Mariano Rajoy's
government has cut budgets, freed its labour market, played its part in
countless 'make-or-break' summits in Brussels and secured up to 100
billion euros ($121 billion) to prop up its banks. Yet despite
all its efforts and pain, Spain cannot shake off that sense of
doom. On July 25th the yield on ten-year bonds touched a euro-era
record of 7.75%. Two-year bonds have climbed above 7%: investors
fear that Spain must soon ask for a bail-out -- or default.
Spain's nightmare is a symptom of what is wrong with the entire euro zone. As the months drag on, the crisis is deepening. Europe's leaders have asked the world to trust that they will do what it takes to save the euro. They have also pleaded for more time to sort out the mess. Their task is indeed immense, but as they disappear to their chateaux and beach villas, trust is draining away and time is not their friend.''
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