Europe’s Banks Brace For UK Debt Crisis

14 Mar

From the UK’s Telegraph:

UniCredit has alerted investors in a client note that Britain is at serious risk of a bond market and sterling debacle and faces even more intractable budget woes than Greece.

“I am becoming convinced that Great Britain is the next country that is going to be pummelled by investors,” said Kornelius Purps, Unicredit’s fixed income director and a leading analyst in Germany.

Mr Purps said the UK had been cushioned at first by low debt levels but the pace of deterioration has been so extreme that the country can no longer count on market tolerance.

Sound familiar?

Our economy too, was once cushioned by low debt levels. Not any more.

In my view, the only really fundamental difference between the UK’s dire economic situation and Australia’s, is this: as happens so often, with so much in Australia, we are simply running a couple of years behind on the major international trend.

The UK property bubble has already burst. Ours hasn’t … yet.  Only because the Government had cash in the bank to prop up our property bubble – and thus, our banking sector – by doubling the First Home Owners Boost.

When another wave of the GFC rolls in, we no longer have a “low debt” position to cushion the blow.

The only question seems to be, from which direction will the next wave come?  From Europe?  From the UK? From the USA? Or, from China?

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