The Spanish savings banks (SSBs) built-up excess capacity and risk concentration influenced by many stakeholders’ interests, including politicians in their decision-making bodies. SSBs were not subject to typical market discipline mechanisms, and blurred competences between the central government and the autonomous provoked the crisis of the Spanish financial system. Read the full analysis by the IMF in the attached documents.
As reported by Investors Offshore, the already fractious relations between Spain and Gibraltar are expected to deteriorate if the People’s Party is elected, as anticipated, in forthcoming Spanish elections, which have been brought forward to November as a result of the country’s debt crisis. Continue Reading
Events are moving quickly in Europe this week and politicians are talking rubbish about raising taxes in a state of desperate panicking, instead of addressing the fundamental problem, which in my view is writing off effective bad debt.