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Understanding The Endgame

The User's Profile Chris Martenson June 8, 2011
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Understanding The Endgame

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Executive Summary

  • Greece as a case-study in sovereign debt collapse
  • Why peak oil assures we will not be able to pay our debts
  • Understanding the dynamics of a future of less/no growth
  • Steps we as individuals need to be taking in preparation
  • How to preserve purchasing power during the coming market rout

Part I – Death by Debt

If you have not yet read Part I, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Part II – Understanding The Endgame

How might the end game for a debt crisis play out?  We need look no further than one of the PIIGS for our answers.


Greece is in immediate danger of defaulting on its sovereign debt.  As one of the charts in Part I makes clear, the pain of such a default will land primarily on German, French, and UK banks.  Sure, they can probably kick the can down the road a bit longer, but it won’t change anything. 

The levels of Greek sovereign debt alone are far beyond anything that can reasonably be repaid, even under very aggressive growth scenarios.

Debt May Exceed Size of Economies This Year for Greece, Portugal, Ireland

May 13, 2011

Greece, Ireland and Portugal, the euro region countries that needed 256 billion euros ($366 billion) in emergency aid to avoid default, may all see their debt loads exceed the size of their economies this year.

Greece’s debt, already the biggest in the euro’s history at 143 percent of gross domestic product last year, will jump to almost 158 percent this year and 166 percent in 2012, the European Commission said today in Brussels. Portuguese debt will surpass total economic output for the first time this year, growing to 101.7 percent of GDP, while Irish debt will reach 112 percent, the forecasts show.

As European Union officials consider boosting aid for Greece a year after its 110 billion-euro bailout, today’s report shows little sign of debt levels becoming more manageable.

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Top Comment

Thanks Chris. Nicely put.
Someone needs to tell Dave Ramsey though, and get his Baby Steps modified from stock market based retirement investments to gold and...
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