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14 November 2014

Poll: Do You Believe That the European Sovereign Debt Crisis Is Over?

It has been almost five years to the day since Greece first disclosed that its actual budget deficit was 12.7% of GDP and not 7.3%, as previously reported. The announcement sent shock waves through the markets. In the subsequent two years, government-bond prices in the European peripheral countries (Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Italy) cratered and interest rates soared.

The crisis reached a crescendo in 2012 but has since been mollified by a host of new programs to backstop government bonds, which have restored interest rates to much more sanguine levels. Nevertheless, the Eurozone has experienced anemic growth and the debt profiles of these countries have worsened.

Now, political parties that are against the Eurozone in such places as Spain and Italy are gaining traction, threatening to blow the union apart.

Amid this contrast of relative calm in the markets on the one hand and larger debt profiles, weakening economic growth, and rising political instability on the other, we asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers to comment on whether they thought the European sovereign-debt crisis is over. Of the 811 respondents, 75% responded that the crisis is not over, whereas approximately 19% responded that the crisis is either over or largely over.

Do you believe that the European sovereign-debt crisis is over?
Poll: Do you believe that the European sovereign-debt crisis is over?

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About the Author(s)
Ron Rimkus, CFA

Ron Rimkus, CFA, was Director of Economics & Alternative Assets at CFA Institute, where he wrote about economics, monetary policy, currencies, global macro, behavioral finance, fixed income and alternative investments, such as gold and bitcoin (among other things). Previously, he served as SVP and Director of Large-cap Equity Products for BB&T Asset Management, where he led a team of research analysts, 300 regional portfolio managers, client service specialists, and marketing staff. He also served as a Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager of large-cap equity products at Mesirow Financial. Rimkus earned a BA degree in economics from Brown University and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Topical Expertise: Alternative Investments · Economics

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