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(This whole usurious debt is nonsensical. Greece still pays whatever interest rate it did got quite prior to the crisis on most of its debt.

That is an extraordinary claim - you are arguing that the bulk of Greek foreign debt had a maturity greater than two years in 2009. I find that very difficult to believe, but perhaps you are better informed?

Wait a moment. You are saying all the time that everything depends on CA deficits. But whatever, lets say it was only 8.0% in 2007. So what?

Structural CA deficits. And more like 5 %, since in 2007 the ECBuBa hadn't destroyed a quarter of the Greek GDP yet.

Of course it is nonsense! Tell that to Migeru and his famous table!

I did. You missed the part where I noted that Ireland did not belong in the table?

Oh right, you didn't. You used it to play silly gotcha games with Mig.

But lets talk about structural CA deficits. All I claimed is that structural CA deficits in Italy and France - not to talk about Ireland and Belgium - are low. A lot lower than in Spain and Greece and Portugal. Isn't that a bit of a problem to your CA hypothesis?

No. Italy has had a cycle-averaged nominal GDP growth in the ballpark of 3 % of GDP, and a structural CA deficit in the ballpark of 1½ % of GDP, and the ECBuBa is targeting a "long-run" overnight rate in the ballpark of 1-2 %. This is at risk of blowing up if the average markup over the risk-free rate exceeds 1½ percentage points for any length of time.

If the banks that are lending to Italy are gearing 10:1 and require 7½ % nominal return on their equity, then all other overheads can amount to no more than 75 basis points before the whole edifice becomes unstable.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Sep 8th, 2011 at 07:07:41 AM EST
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