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21 November 2011

Guide to the European Sovereign Debt Crisis

Given the many moving pieces, it can be difficult for investors to keep track of the various elements of the European sovereign debt crisis. Here then is a multipart guide for understanding the origins, causes, and unresolved issues of the ongoing economic emergency in the eurozone. Each of the links below provides a more detailed discussion of the underlying issues.

  • Overview, Analysis, and Timeline of Major Events: Most commentators trace the origins of the European sovereign debt crisis to 5 November 2009, when Greece disclosed that its budget deficit was 12.7% of gross domestic product (GDP) — more than twice what had previously been announced. However, the real origins of the crisis lie in the structures that govern Europe’s institutions.

  • Key Players In the European Sovereign Debt Crisis: Complicating matters in resolving the European sovereign debt crisis have been the large number of players, each of whom has a stake in the outcome of the crisis. This section provides an overview of the key players — from institutions to individual personalities — who are struggling to address the crisis.
  • Pertinent Statistics: It is one thing to talk about the European sovereign debt crisis and its many details — and another to look at the statistics that are germane to understanding the crisis. Here are select data that help shape the story and provide context for understanding the key issues.


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Jason Voss, CFA

Jason Voss, CFA, tirelessly focuses on improving the ability of investors to better serve end clients. He is the author of the Foreword Reviews Business Book of the Year Finalist, The Intuitive Investor and the CEO of Active Investment Management (AIM) Consulting. Voss also sub-contracts for the well known firm, Focus Consulting Group. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., where he co-managed the Davis Appreciation and Income Fund to noteworthy returns. Voss holds a BA in economics and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Colorado.

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