Europe is facing a make-or-break month. Its economy is sinking and the debt crisis that has hit some of its members threatens global economic disaster. Now its central bank is poised to hold off from helping — in the hope that Europe's divided leaders will be pushed into action.
In a way, Europe should be thrilled that financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus, which reached a bailout deal with the eurozone Sunday.
But Europe has a problem on its hands that’s bigger than Cyprus: The economy stinks.
In a way, Europe should be thrilled by the week that was because financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus. But Europe has a problem on its hands that's bigger than Cyprus: the economy stinks.
When Goldman says sell, everyone knows they really mean buy. However, when less specialized banks in the art of Kermit rapage, such as Bank of America, come out with a report saying that now is a good time to hunker down, they may just actually mean that. From BofA's Ethan Harris:
By Simon Johnson
The Group of 20 summit for heads of government this weekend will apparently “hail bank reform,” particularly as manifest in the Basel III process that has resulted in higher capital requirements for banks. According to leading authorities on the issue, however, the Basel process is closer to a disaster than a success.