Friday, September 28, 2012

Roubini: France on the Cusp of Becoming Periphery Country

The Financial Post reports:
[Nouriel] Roubini says that France is currently on “honeymoon” with French investors who have cut their holdings of PIIGS debt and rotated into French sovereign debt due to a “home bias.”

However, according to Roubini, “many problems are brewing in France” at the moment, and there are a few reasons for serious concern if you’re holding French bonds.

Roubini gives four, which we summarize here:

Growth is stalling and could go negative next year if austerity is enacted. Unemployment is already rising. 
“Hollande was not elected by his base to pursue austerity and reforms, but rather to boost growth and hiring in the public sector,” writes Roubini. Talks of austerity is causing unions to become restless and riots could begin among the poor and affected minorities. 
Government revenues are around 50% of GDP and economic contraction will increasingly put pressure on the deficit. This will make achieving a balance budget through spending cuts extremely difficult. 
Some policy decisions are upsetting the business and financial community. Bernard Arnault left France over talks of a 75% marginal tax rate on the wealthy.

Roubini watches economic data and events closely, but it is still striking for him to recognize the depth of the problems in France, given that Roubini is a Keynesian. France is in serious trouble.

1 comment:

  1. Come on. The guy has pussy's plastered to his wall, the fucking moron lost almost 2 million in his investment company.

    He calls gold a barbarous relic, like putting a females birth canal on a wall is civilized.