Professor Alejandro Diaz-Bautista Effects of the Economic Crisis in Latin America
Effects of the International Economic Crisis in Latin America. Alejandro Díaz-Bautista, Ph.D.Professor of Economics and Researcheradiazbau@gmail.comhttp://www.facebook.com/adiazbauEconomic and Financial Crisis PresentationGraduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies,UCSDJanuary 9, 2013
Introduction The presentation examines the difficult international economic situation and the outlook for the rest of the decade. The global economy is facing difficult conditions again at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. A number of European economies are mired in deep recession and their governments are having serious difficulties in reconciling the need to regain growth with the urgency of reducing their high levels of deficit and debt. As a result, mounting uncertainty and turmoil are sapping a global recovery that is already the weakest in 40 years. Although the United States is performing somewhat better than the euro zone, its recovery remains fragile. Moreover, its economy could slip back into recession in the first quarter of 2013 if major scheduled tax hikes and spending cuts go ahead.
Introduction Over the next few years, the developing countries, particularly China and other emerging economies, will continue to be the main engine of the global economy and trade, while growth in the industrialized countries remains slow and volatile. The industrialized countries still have some way to go in reducing household and public sector debt. During this process, which could take another three to five years, financial constraints seem likely to continue, as do stringent fiscal consolidation and public debt requirements, short and erratic recoveries, high unemployment and further public sector interventions in finance and the economy.
Introduction Regarding trade policy in this complex international scenario, restrictive global trade practices remain at moderate levels. However, there are significant risk factors that could increase trade restrictions. In trade negotiations, the protracted stagnation of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has accentuated an already strong tendency towards negotiating preferential agreements. Much of this activity involves the economies of Asia and the Pacific.
Introduction The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the first international commercial agreement pursued by this US administration to date from scratch. And, it would be the largest one since the 1995 World Trade Organization. It would link Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada into a free trade zone similar to that of NAFTA. The subject matter being negotiated extends far beyond traditional trade matters. TPP’s 29 chapters would set binding rules on everything from service-sector regulation, investment, patents and copyrights, government procurement, financial regulation, and labor and environmental standards, as well as trade in industrial goods and agriculture.
Financial Contagion Financial contagion refers to a scenario in which small shocks, which initially affect only a few financial institutions or a particular region of an economy, spread to the rest of financial sectors and other countries whose economies were previously healthy, in a manner similar to the transmission of a medical disease. The definition of the term contagion remains highly controversial (see Forbes and Rigobon 2002). A relatively agnostic proposition derives from the asset pricing literature and defines contagion as co- movements of equity returns above and beyond what can be explained by fundamentals.
Financial Contagion Financial contagion happens at both the international level and the domestic level. At the domestic level, usually the failure of a domestic bank or financial intermediary triggers transmission when it defaults on interbank liabilities and sells assets in a fire sale, thereby undermining confidence in similar banks. An example of this phenomenon is the failure of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent turmoil in the United States financial markets. International financial contagion, which happens in both advanced economies and developing economies, is the transmission of financial crisis across financial markets for direct or indirect economies. However, under todays financial system, with large volume of cash flow, such as hedge fund and cross-regional operation of large banks, financial contagion usually happens simultaneously both among domestic institutions and across countries. The cause of financial contagion usually is beyond the explanation of real economy.
Financial Contagion While there was a period of systemic crisis in emerging countries in the early 1980s, both academia and policy circles did not analyze the crisis from a systematic point of view. Even when Latin American countries fell like dominoes with successive devaluations and depreciations, banking crises and deep recessions, much of the blame was placed on poor domestic policies and high real interest rates in the United States, with little attention focusing on the possibility that financial crises could be spreading and contagious.
Financial Contagion The term “contagion” was first introduced in July 1997, when the currency crisis in Thailand quickly spread throughout East Asia and then on to Russia and Brazil. Even developed markets in North America and Europe were affected, as the relative prices of financial instruments shifted and caused the collapse of Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), a large U.S. hedge fund. The financial crisis beginning from Thailand with the collapse of the Thai baht spread to Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong in less than 2 months. After that episode, economists realized the importance of financial contagion and produced a large volume of researches on it.
Financial Contagion A branch of research emphasizes contagious currency crises, relating such crises to various monetary and financial sector vulnerabilities and trade factors. These studies often look for the underlying causes behind a simultaneous set of speculative attacks. For instance, Goldfajn and Valdés (1997) find that the intermediaries role of transforming maturities is shown to result in larger movements of capital and a higher probability of crisis, which resemble the observed cycle in capital flows: large inflows, crisis and abrupt outflows. Kaminsky and Reinhart (2000) document the evidence that trade links in goods and services and exposure to a common creditor can explain earlier crises clusters, not only the debt crisis of the early 1980s and 1990s, but also the observed historical pattern of contagion.
Financial Contagion The second branch of literature explains contagion transmission as a result of linkages among financial institutions. Alen and Gale (2000) and Lagunoff and Schreft (2001) analyze financial contagion as a result of linkages among financial intermediaries. The former provide a general equilibrium model to explain a small liquidity preference shock in one region can spread by contagion throughout the economy and the possibility of contagion depends strongly on the completeness of the structure of interregional claims. The latter proposed a dynamic stochastic game-theoretic model of financial fragility, through which they explain interrelated portfolios and payment commitments forge financial linkages among agents and thus make two related types of financial crisis can occur in response. Van Rijckeghem and Weder (2000) present evidence that spillovers through bank lending contributed to the transmission of currency crises during the recent episodes of ﬁnancial instability in emerging markets.
Financial Contagion In an era of rapid financial globalization, Gai and Kapadia (2010) prove that while high connectivity may increase the spread of financial contagion and adverse aggregate shocks and liquidity risk also amplify the likelihood and extent of financial contagion.
Financial Contagion A third branch of literature emphasizes financial contagion among financial markets. It tries to explain contagion through a correlated information or a correlated liquidity shock channel. Under the correlated information channel, price changes in one market are perceived as having implications for the values of assets in other markets, causing their prices to change as well, as in King and Wadhwani (1990). Calvo (1999) argues for correlated liquidity shock channel meaning that when some market participants need to liquidate and withdrawal some of their assets to obtain cash, perhaps after experiencing an unexpected loss in another country and need to restore capital adequacy ratios. This behavior will effectively transmit the shock.
Financial Contagion Some explanations for financial contagion, come after the Russian default in 1998, which are based on changes in investor “psychology”, “attitude” and “behavior”. This stream of research date back to early studies of crowd psychology of Mackay (1841) and classical early models of disease diffusion were applied to financial markets by Shiller (1984). Eichengreen, Hale and Mody (2008) focus on the transmission of recent crises through the market for developing country debt. They find the impact of changes in market sentiment tends to be limited to the original region. They also find market sentiments can more influence prices but less on quantities in Latin America, compared with Asian countries.
Financial Contagion Besides, there are some researches on geographic factors driving the contagion. De Gregorio and Valdes (2008) examine how the 1982 debt crisis, the 1994 Mexican crisis, and the 1997 Asian crisis spread to a sample of twenty other countries. They find that a neighborhood effect is the strongest determinant of which countries suffer from contagion. Trade links and pre-crisis growth similarities are also important, although to a lesser extent than the neighborhood effect.
Panics A bank run occurs when a large number of bank customers withdraw their deposits because they believe the bank is, or might become, insolvent. As a bank run progresses, it generates its own momentum, in a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy (or positive feedback); as more people withdraw their deposits, the likelihood of default increases, and this encourages further withdrawals. This can destabilize the bank to the point where it faces bankruptcy. A banking panic or bank panic is a financial crisis that occurs when many banks suffer runs at the same time. A systemic banking crisis is one where all or almost all of the banking capital in a country is wiped out. The resulting chain of bankruptcies can cause a long economic recession.
Top Bank Panics 18th century Panic of 1792. Panic of 1796–1797. 19th century Panic of 1819, a U.S. recession with bank failures; culmination of U.S.s first boom-to-bust economic cycle Panic of 1825, a pervasive British recession in which many banks failed, nearly including the Bank of England Panic of 1837, a U.S. recession with bank failures, followed by a 5-year depression Panic of 1847 Panic of 1857, a U.S. recession with bank failures Panic of 1866 Panic of 1873, a U.S. recession with bank failures, followed by a 4-year depression Panic of 1884 Panic of 1890 Panic of 1893, a U.S. recession with bank failures 20th century Panic of 1907, a U.S. economic recession with bank failures.
Crashes A stock market crash is a sudden dramatic decline of stock prices across a significant cross-section of a stock market resulting in a significant loss of paper wealth. Crashes are driven by panic as much as by underlying economic factors. They often follow speculative bubbles. Stock market crashes are social phenomena where external economic events combine with crowd behavior and psychology in a positive feedback loop where selling by some market participants drives more market participants to sell. Crashes usually occur under the following conditions: a prolonged period of rising stock prices and excessive economic optimism, a market where P/E ratios exceed long-term averages, and extensive use of margin debt and leverage by market participants. There is no numerically specific definition of a stock market crash but the term commonly applies to steep double-digit percentage losses in a stock market index over a period of days. Crashes are distinguished by panic selling and abrupt, dramatic prices declines.
Important Crashes Paris Bourse, January 19, 1882 Wall Street 1929 • Black Thursday - October 24, 1929 • Black Monday - October 28, 1929 • Black Tuesday - October 29, 1929 1973-4 UK stock market crash October 19, 1987 Friday the 13th Mini-Crash, October 13, 1989 Asian Contagion Mini-Crash, October 27, 1997 Dot-com Bubble and Crash, peak, March 10, 2000 Flash Crash – May 6, 2010.
Top Banking Crises 18th Century Crisis of 1772–1773 in London and Amsterdam, begun by the collapse of the bankers Neal, James, Fordyce and Down. 19th Century Australian banking crisis of 1893 20th century Panic of 1907, a U.S. economic recession with bank failures Great Depression, the worst systemic banking crisis of the 20th century Secondary banking crisis of 1973–1975 in the UK Savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s in the U.S. Finnish banking crisis of 1990s Swedish banking crisis (1990s) 1997 Asian financial crisis 1998 Russian financial crisis Argentine economic crisis (1999–2002) 21st century 2002 Uruguay banking crisis Financial crisis of 2007–2010, including: Subprime mortgage crisis in the U.S. starting in 2007 2008 United Kingdom bank rescue package 2008–2009 Belgian financial crisis 2008–2009 Icelandic financial crisis 2008–2010 Irish banking crisis 2008–2009 Russian financial crisis 2008–2009 Spanish financial crisis 2008–2009 Ukrainian financial crisis
Crash of 1987: Black Monday Black Monday refers to Monday, 19 October, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong, spread west through international time zones to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 508 points to 1738.74 (22.61%). By the end of October, stock markets in Hong Kong had fallen 45.5%, Australia 41.8%, Spain 31%, the United Kingdom 26.4%, the United States 22.68%, and Canada 22.5%. New Zealand’s market was hit especially hard, falling about 60% from its 1987 peak, and taking several years to recover.
Important Events in the 1990s January 1990 – Crash of Japan leads to the yen carry trade. September 1992 – Sterling’s Black Monday spurs foreign exchange as an asset class. 1994-1995 – Economic and Financial Crisis in Mexico. Tequila Crisis. December 1996 – Alan Greenspan warns against “irrational exuberance”. 1997 – Asian financial crisis prompts Asian countries to build up reserves of dollars.
Tequila Crisis The 1994 Economic Crisis in Mexico, widely known as the Mexican peso crisis, was caused by the sudden devaluation of the Mexican peso in December 1994. The impact of the Mexican economic crisis on the Southern Cone and Brazil was labeled the Tequila Effect.
Tequila Crisis Some country-risk issues precipitating the Tequila crisis: The EZLNs violent uprising in Chiapas in 1994 along with the assassination of Presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio made the nations political future look less certain to investors, who then started placing a larger risk premium on Mexican assets. Mexico had a fixed exchange rate system that accepted pesos during the reaction of investors to a higher perceived country risk premium and paid out dollars. However, Mexico lacked sufficient foreign reserves to maintain the fixed exchange rate and was running out of dollars at the end of 1994. The peso then had to be allowed to devalue despite the governments previous assurances to the contrary, thereby scaring investors away and further raising its risk profile. When the government tried to roll over some of its debt that was coming due, investors were unwilling to buy the debt and default became one of few options. A crisis of confidence damaged the banking system, which in turn fed a vicious cycle further affecting investor confidence.[
1997 Asian financial crisis The Asian financial crisis was a period of financial crisis that gripped much of Asia beginning in July 1997, and raised fears of a worldwide economic meltdown due to financial contagion. The crisis started in Thailand with the financial collapse of the Thai baht caused by the decision of the Thai government to float the baht, cutting its peg to the USD, after exhaustive efforts to support it in the face of a severe financial overextension that was in part real estate driven. At the time, Thailand had acquired a burden of foreign debt that made the country effectively bankrupt even before the collapse of its currency. As the crisis spread, most of Southeast Asia and Japan saw slumping currencies, devalued stock markets and other asset prices, and a precipitous rise in private debt. Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand were the countries most affected by the crisis. Hong Kong, Malaysia, Laos and the Philippines were also hurt by the slump. The Peoples Republic of China, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam were less affected, although all suffered from a loss of demand and confidence throughout the region.
Currency crisis A currency crisis, which is also called a balance-of-payments crisis, is a speculative attack in the foreign exchange market. It occurs when the value of a currency changes quickly, undermining its ability to serve as a medium of exchange or a store of value. Currency crises usually affect fixed exchange rate regimes, rather than floating regimes. A currency crisis is a type of financial crisis, and is often associated with a real economic crisis. Currency crises can be especially destructive to small open economies or bigger, but not sufficiently stable ones. Governments often take on the role of fending off such attacks by satisfying the excess demand for a given currency using the countrys own currency reserves or its foreign reserves (usually in the United States dollar, Euro or Pound sterling). Recessions attributed to currency crises include the 1994 economic crisis in Mexico, 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, 1998 Russian financial crisis, and the Argentine economic crisis (1999- 2002).
Financial Events during the 1990s March 1998 – Citigroup and Bank of America mergers create banks that are “too big to fail”. August 1998 – Russia defaults on debt and Long-Term Capital Management melts down.
Economic Crisis Economic crisis - a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment. In economics, a recession is a business cycle contraction, a general slowdown in economic activity. During recessions, many macroeconomic indicators like production, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, investment spending, capacity utilization, household incomes, business profits fall during recessions, while bankruptcies and the unemployment rate rise. Recessions generally occur when there is a widespread drop in spending often following an adverse supply shock or the bursting of an economic bubble. Governments usually respond to recessions by adopting expansionary macroeconomic policies, such as increasing money supply, increasing government spending and decreasing taxation.
Economic and Social Effects The living standards of people dependent on wages and salaries are more affected by recessions than those who rely on fixed incomes. The loss of a job is known to have a negative impact on the stability of families, and individuals health and well-being.
Recessions in the United States In the United States the unofficial beginning and ending dates of national recessions have been defined by an American private nonprofit research organization known as the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). The NBER defines a recession as "a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real gross domestic product (GDP), real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales". There have been as many as 47 recessions in the United States since 1790 (although economists and historians dispute certain 19th-century recessions). These downturns are driven by changes in the governments regulatory, fiscal, trade and monetary policies. Cycles in agriculture, consumption, and business investment, and the health of the banking industry also contribute to these declines. U.S. recessions have increasingly affected economies on a worldwide scale, especially as countries economies become more interdependent.
Recessions in the United States According to economists, since 1854, the U.S. has encountered 32 cycles of expansions and contractions, with an average of 17 months of contraction and 38 months of expansion. However, since 1980 there have been only eight periods of negative economic growth over one fiscal quarter or more, and four periods considered recessions: July 1981 – November 1982: 14 months July 1990 – March 1991: 8 months March 2001 – November 2001: 8 months December 2007 – June 2009: 18 months For the past three recessions, the NBER decision has approximately conformed with the definition involving two consecutive quarters of decline. While the 2001 recession did not involve two consecutive quarters of decline, it was preceded by two quarters of alternating decline and weak growth.
Financial Crisis 2007-2009 June 7, 2007 – Ten-year Treasury yields hit 5.05 percent. June 19, 2007 – Bear Sterns Hedge Fund appeals for help. August 3, 2007 – Jim Cramer declares “Armageddon” in the credit markets. August 7-9, 2007 – Big quant hedge funds suffer unprecedented losses. August 9, 2007 – European Central Bank intervenes after BNP Paribas money fund closes.
Financial Crisis 2007 – 2009 August 17, 2007 – Federal Reserve cuts rates after Countrywide Financial funding crisis. September 13, 2007 – The run on Northern Rock. October 31, 2007 – World stock markets peak. November 1, 2007 – Fear of losses at Citigroup prompts a sell-off. March 16, 2008 – Bear Stearns rescued by JP Morgan. July 14, 2008 – Oil and the dollar rebound – the end of the decoupling trade. September 7, 2008 – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nationalized.
Financial Crisis 2007 – 2009 September 15, 2008 – Lehman Brothers goes bankrupt. September 18, 2008 – AIG is rescued, Reserve Fund breaks the buck, money market panics. September 29, 2008 – Congress votes down the TARP bailout package. October 6-10, 2008 – Global correlated crash. October 24, 2008 – Emerging markets hit bottom as China rolls out stimulus package.
Late 2000’s financial crisis The US subprime mortgage crisis was one of the first indicators of the late 2000’s financial crisis, characterized by a rise in subprime mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures, and the resulting decline of securities backed by said mortgages. Approximately 80% of U.S. mortgages issued to subprime borrowers were adjustable-rate mortgages. After U.S. house sales prices peaked in mid-2006 and began their steep decline forthwith, refinancing became more difficult. As adjustable-rate mortgages began to reset at higher interest rates, mortgage delinquencies soared.
Late 2000’s financial crisis Securities backed with mortgages, including subprime mortgages, widely held by financial firms, lost most of their value. Global investors drastically reduced purchases of mortgage-backed debt and other securities as part of a decline in the capacity and willingness of the private financial system to support lending. Concerns about the soundness of U.S. credit and financial markets led to tightening credit around the world and slowing economic growth in the U.S. and Europe.
Global crisis of 2007-2009 The collapse of global equity markets between August 2007 and March 2009 has been part of the most severe global crisis since the Great Depression. While the crisis initially had its origin in the US in a relatively small market segment, the subprime mortgage market, it rapidly spread across virtually all economies, with many countries experiencing even sharper equity market crashes than the US.
The United States debt-ceiling crisis 2011 The United States debt-ceiling crisis can be considered a financial crisis in 2011 that resulted when the United States mentioned it would be unable to continue spending appropriated funds on time unless the debt ceiling was increased. The Obama administration claimed that, without this increase, the U.S. treasury would default on the interest and/or principal of U.S. Treasury securities. The crisis arose because the increase in the debt ceiling required approval of both houses of Congress, which initially could not agree on how the situation was to be resolved.
Default on Debt Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers warned in July 2011 that the consequences of such a default would be higher borrowing costs for the US government (as much as one percent or $150 billion/year in additional interest costs) and the equivalent of bank runs on the money markets and other financial markets, potentially as severe as those of September 2008. In January 2011 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned that "failure to raise the limit would precipitate a default by the United States. Default would effectively impose a significant and long-lasting tax on all Americans and all American businesses and could lead to the loss of millions of American jobs. Even a very short-term or limited default would have catastrophic economic consequences that would last for decades."
AAA rating downgrade On August 5, 2011, Standard & Poors credit rating agency downgraded the long-term credit rating of the United States government for the first time in its history from AAA to AA+. The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the governments medium-term debt dynamics. A week later, S&P senior director Joydeep Mukherji said that one factor was that numerous American politicians expressed skepticism about the serious consequences of a default, an attitude that he said was "not common" among countries with a AAA rating. The other two major credit rating agencies, Moodys and Fitch, continued to rate the federal governments bonds as AAA.
Fitch reaffirms AAA rating for U.S. The budget cuts in the deal were enough to stabilize the U.S. debt burden at about 85% of total economic output by the middle of the decade. While that would be "substantially higher" than any other AAA-rated company, Fitch said the U.S. benefits from the dollar and U.S. Treasury securities both being global benchmarks. Fitch warned that the country "is at the limit of the level of government indebtedness that would be consistent with the U.S. retaining its ‘AAA’ status despite its underlying strengths." And the company said a downgrade could come if the special congressional "super committee" charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget cuts isnt able to reach an agreement. Even though there would be $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts if the committee cant agree. "In the event that the Joint Select Committee is unable to reach an agreement that can secure support from Congress and the administration, Fitch would be less confident that credible and timely deficit-reduction strategy necessary to underpin the U.S. ‘AAA’ sovereign rating and stable outlook will be forthcoming despite the ($1.2 trillion ) of automatic cuts that would follow."
European sovereign debt crisis On 27 April 2010, the Greek debt rating was decreased to the upper levels of junk status by Standard & Poors amidst hints of default by the Greek government. Yields on Greek government two-year bonds rose to 15.3% following the downgrading. Some analysts continue to question Greeces ability to refinance its debt. Standard & Poors estimates that in the event of default investors would fail to get 30–50% of their money back. Stock markets worldwide declined in response to this announcement. On 3 May 2010, the European Central Bank suspended its minimum threshold for Greek debt "until further notice", meaning the bonds will remain eligible as collateral even with junk status. The decision will guarantee Greek banks access to cheap central bank funding, and analysts said it should also help increase Greek bonds attractiveness to investors. Following the introduction of these measures the yield on Greek 10-year bonds fell to 8.5%, 550 basis points above German yields, down from 800 basis points earlier. As of 26 November 2010, Greek 10-year bonds were trading at an effective yield of 11.8%.
European sovereign debt crisis From late 2009, fears of a sovereign debt crisis developed among fiscally conservative investors concerning some European states, with the situation becoming particularly tense in early 2010. This included euro zone members Greece, Ireland and Portugal and also some EU countries outside the area.
European sovereign debt crisis Iceland, the country which experienced the largest crisis in 2008 when its entire international banking system collapsed has emerged less affected by the sovereign debt crisis as the government was unable to bail the banks out. In the EU, especially in countries where sovereign debts have increased sharply due to bank bailouts, a crisis of confidence has emerged with the widening of bond yield spreads and risk insurance on credit default swaps between these countries and other EU members, most importantly Germany.
European sovereign debt crisis While the sovereign debt increases have been most pronounced in only a few euro zone countries they have become a perceived problem for the area as a whole. In May 2011, the crisis resurfaced, concerning mostly the refinancing of Greek public debts. The Greek people generally reject the austerity measures and have expressed their dissatisfaction with protests. In late June 2011, the crisis situation was again brought under control with the Greek government managing to pass a package of new austerity measures and EU leaders pledging funds to support the country. Concern about rising government deficits and debt levels across the globe together with a wave of downgrading of European government debt created alarm in financial markets. On 9 May 2010, Europes Finance Ministers approved a comprehensive rescue package worth €750 Billion (then almost a trillion dollars) aimed at ensuring financial stability across Europe by creating the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).
European sovereign debt crisis In 2010 the debt crisis was mostly centered on events in Greece, where the cost of financing government debt was rising. On 2 May 2010, the eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund agreed to a €110 billion loan for Greece, conditional on the implementation of harsh austerity measures. The Greek bail-out was followed by a €85 billion rescue package for Ireland in November, and a €78 billion bail-out for Portugal in May 2011. This was the first eurozone crisis since its creation in 1999. The sovereign debt crisis that is unfolding is a fiscal crisis of the western world.
Total Public Debt vs. Fiscal Balance as a Percentage of GDP
Peso Depreciated during August 2011 Mexico’s foreign currency exchange and stock lost ground due to a spike in risk aversion after the release of weak data in the United States. That while private sector employers in the U.S. created more jobs in July than expected, service sector activity slowed unexpectedly to its lowest level since February 2010. The news added to the growing concerns that the efforts of the world’s largest economy to reduce spending will affect their growth, hitting the willingness of investors to acquire assets that are considered risky.
Global Market Volatility in 2011 - 2012 Global markets seem to have entered another period of instability, which is reminiscent of the traumatic events of 2007-2009. There is no doubt that if the developed world does enter another period of recession that there will be a cyclical impact on emerging market economies, particularly in the commodities, IT and industrial sectors. Domestic growth may slow, but, with many emerging economies operating at or near full capacity, that would not be a disaster. Potentially more disruptive would be a sovereign default by a major country, with Italy and Spain being the obvious candidates. In the long-term the Euro members must either become more fiscally integrated or they will have to go their separate ways. However, neither eventuality appears to be imminent.
Global Market Volatility Unfortunately, all of the world’s economies, including the emerging markets, will be affected to a greater or lesser degree by the events in europe, and therefore the challenge is to mitigate the degree of economic and financial impact.
Opportunities in Emerging Markets The strong fiscal positions and relatively low levels of debt in most emerging market countries stand in stark contrast with the industrialized countries. Some Emerging Markets have a banking system with little exposure to potential problems in Europe and generally have high levels of core tier capital, so their financial systems should not be significantly disrupted if there is a default. The economic case for emerging markets remains fundamentally strong, there is no escaping that in the short-term the degree of correlation between all equity markets remains high.
Mexico’s Economic Growth Mexico is Latin Americas second biggest economy. After lagging way behind other Latin American economies, it has in recent months seen a combination of solid growth and low inflation, but it is dependent on the United States, which buys around 80 percent of its exports. Mexico’s outlook is for an economic expansion of around 3.5 to 4 percent this year in 2012.
Mexico’s countercyclical stimulus’ measures Mexico has $160 billion in foreign-exchange reserves, as well as a more than $70 billion line of credit with the International Montetary Fund. That means that Mexico has more than $230 billion to ensure it can respond in an orderly fashion to any external financial markets shock. Mexico will remain committed to responsible policies and a long-term vision and will apply ‘countercyclical stimulus’ measures consistent with an approved budget deficit equal to 0.5 percent of GDP and public-sector spending growth of 6.1 percent.
Mexico’s Economic Growth in 2011-2012Mexico should approve the structuralreforms to boost the country’seconomic growth and development.Mexico has the need for a secondgeneration energy reform, a fiscalreform, labor reform, educationreform and competitiveness reform.
Mexico Sells $1 Billion of 100-Year Bonds During August 2011, Mexico sold $1 billion worth of 100- year bonds overseas, taking advantage of a plunge in benchmark U.S. borrowing costs to bring back a record-long maturity it unveiled a year ago. The government sold the bonds due 2110 to yield 5.96 percent, or 242 basis points above 30-year U.S. Treasuries. Mexico first sold the securities in October, issuing $1 billion at a yield of 6.1 percent to become the only Latin American country with dollar bonds of that maturity. Yields on the Mexican bonds have declined 16 basis points, or 0.16 percentage point, in the past month to 5.95 percent in the secondary market, tracking a tumble in U.S. Treasury yields that was sparked by concern the global economic expansion is faltering. Thirty-year Treasury yields have dropped 67 basis points during the past month to 3.54 percent, the lowest in almost a year. Mexico’s foreign debt is rated BBB by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, the second-lowest investment-grade ranking. The sale is Mexico’s third this year in international markets. The country has raised $2 billion of debt overseas this year, compared with $4.1 billion in the year-earlier period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Global FDI Flows 2011- 2012 Global FDI inflows are likely to be around $1.6 trillion. Foreign direct investments worldwide are projected to return to pre-crisis 2008 levels this year, with inflows expected to be up to USD 1.6 trillion. Recovery of FDI inflows would continue this year while pegging the amount at around USD 1.4 trillion to USD 1.6 trillion. Brought down by the 2008 financial meltdown and its ripple effects, FDI worldwide tumbled to just USD 1.19 trillion in 2009. Last year, the inflows were slightly better at USD 1.24 trillion.
International Economic Policy Implications Financial contagion is one of the main causes of financial regulation. How to make domestic financial regulation and plan the international financial architecture to prevent financial contagion become the top priority for both domestic financial regulators and international society, especially when the global economy are being under challenge from the US Subprime mortgage crisis and European sovereign debt crisis.
Conclusions European Union leaders have made two major proposals for ensuring fiscal stability in the long term. The first proposal is the creation of the European Financial Stability Facility. The second is a single authority responsible for tax policy oversight and government spending coordination of EU member countries, temporarily called the European Treasury. The stability facility is financially backed by the EU and the IMF.
Conclusions The European Parliament, the European Council, and especially the European Commission, can all provide some support for the treasury while it is still being built. Strong European Commission oversight in the fields of taxation and budgetary policy and the enforcement mechanisms that go with it have sometimes been described as potential infringements on the sovereignty of eurozone member states.
Conclusions The institutional, legal and financial infrastructure supports business growth and innovation and Fitch continues to forecast that the US economy (and tax base) will, over the medium term, be one of the most dynamic amongst its high-grade and ‘AAA’ peers and support the stabilization and eventual reduction in government indebtedness. The US long term economic growth will be of at least 2.25% a year. Mexico’s expected growth is between 3.5 to 4% in 2012. Mexicos economic growth will likely slow down in 2013 to 3.5%, mainly due to the uncertain backdrop in the euro zone and the U.S.
Conclusions A main finding emerges from the analysis of the determinants of contagion, which turn out to be mainly the strength of countries’ fundamentals and the quality of their institutions. Countries with poor macroeconomic fundamentals, high sovereign risk, and poor institutions experienced by far the largest equity market declines and are most severely affected by contagion. The fact that domestic fundamentals played such a key role in the transmission of a crisis is reminiscent of the old “wake-up call” hypothesis, whereby a crisis initially restricted to one market segment or country provides new information that prompts investors to reassess the vulnerability of other market segments or countries, ultimately spreading the crisis across markets and borders around the world.
Conclusions There’s a chance that Greece will leave the euro, with prolonged economic weakness and spillover for the currency bloc. Worsening turmoil in Spain and Italy may make European politicians less willing to give further help to a country that keeps on missing its targets. Even with the Spanish bank rescue, both Spain and Italy are likely to need some form of full bailout in 2013. Latin America is exposed to risks in Europe, where many indebted countries havent been able to find a definitive solution, and to the fiscal uncertainty in the U.S.
Conclusions Of all the external channels through which the economic and financial crisis has been transmitted to Latin America, the drop in remittances is the least important. The most widespread effects come the exchange rate, the decline in the volume of international trade and the sharp deterioration in the terms of trade for commodities. In addition, a period of very restricted external private-sector financing lies ahead. The Latin American regions economies have entered this crisis in a stronger position than in the past, mainly because public debt is lower and international reserves are large.
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Effects of the International Economic Crisis in Latin America.Alejandro Díaz-Bautista, Ph.D.Professor of Economics and Researcheradiazbau@gmail.comhttp://www.facebook.com/adiazbauEconomic and Financial Crisis PresentationGraduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies,UCSDJanuary 9, 2013