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February 5, 2010

Economic Crises
The Sovereign Debt Dilemma

Markets’ reaction to the sovereign debt crisis in Greece and other European countries suggests global governments "have used up all their ammunition to boost global growth," and could be punished by …

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Sovereign and Sub-Sovereign Debt Restructuring

Countries borrow too much, often in foreign currency, and sometimes cannot repay on time and in full.  Subdivisions of states—such as territories—also can borrow too much.  Puerto Rico is a recent ca…

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Strengthening the Framework for Sovereign Debt Restructuring

The difficulties associated with the Greek debt crisis and Argentina's ongoing legal standoff with holdout creditors has renewed calls to rethink policy for sovereign debt crises. Reformists have cal…

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

May 7, 2010

Greece
Buiter: Sovereign Debt Problems to Continue

Citigroup's Chief Economist Willem Buiter discusses the future of sovereign debt in the wake of the crisis in Greece. This meeting was part of the C. Peter McColough Series on International Economic…

June 3, 2009

Capital Flows
200963externalfundingofdebt1 Financing U.S. Debt

U.S. government borrowing has grown substantially since the start of the economic crisis. Many fear that this trend will diminish U.S. power relative to other countries, particularly large creditor…

February 25, 2009

China
U.S. External Debt U.S. External Debt

This chart compares the Treasury and Agency holdings of China and Japan. As the chart shows, the amount of debt that the U.S. owes to China has increased sharply this decade and the amount owed to …

September 28, 2005

Emerging Markets
Sovereign bankruptcy

Sovereign bankruptcy is hardly a hot topic right now.   Its fifteen minutes of fame are long gone.But it briefly occupied the attention of top policy makers.  And some of you may be interested in my …

May 31, 2018

United States
US-Debt-BGR-Header-2-1160x630.jpg The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $15 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress are poised to add massively to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

September 2, 2008

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Sovereign Wealth and Sovereign Power

Overview In 2000 the Council on Foreign Relations established the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies to examine issues at the intersection of global politics and economics. Few is…