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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kicking The Can Down The Road

In a clear sign that the financial crisis is far from over, Joerg Asmussen, a member of the executive board at the ECB, has backed calls from the IMF to consider targeted debt relief for homeowners in financial trouble.

The IMF report, published earlier this week, outlined evidence from a number of countries where mechanisms have been put in place to cut household debt levels; thereby boosting personal spending and helping economic growth.

"Bold household debt restructuring programmes can significantly reduce the number of mortgage defaults and foreclosures and substantially reduce debt repayment burdens."
That is all very well as a short term palliative to keep us afloat. However, at some stage we will have to significantly boost our earnings (from hard real productive value adding work, not by printing money) if we are to ever get ourselves out of this mess!

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