Mark Grant, managing director at Southwest Securities Inc., talks with Bloomberg's David Wilson and contributing editor William Cohan about the choices facing Ireland's government as it asks the European Union to bail out its banking system, and the potential for failures in other EU countries.
Following are comments about Ireland’s 85 billion-euro ($113 billion) emergency-aid package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The three-year package, aimed at propping up the country’s battered banking industry and to help service its sovereign debts, will require Ireland to repay the money at an average interest rate of 5.8 percent.
Germany failed to get bids for 35 percent of the 10-year bonds offered for sale today, propelling borrowing costs in Europe higher and the euro lower on concern the region’s debt crisis is driving away investors.
U.S. stocks slipped, capping the worst Thanksgiving-week loss since 1932, and commodities fell as a reduction in Belgium’s credit rating and reports that Greece is demanding bondholders accept larger losses fueled concern Europe’s debt crisis is worsening. Treasuries fell.
U.S. stocks fell, capping the worst Thanksgiving-week drop since 1932 in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as S&P cut Belgium’s rating and a report said Greece is demanding private investors accept larger losses on their debt.
Stocks fell in the U.S. and Europe amid concern the government debt crisis is worsening in nations such as Ireland and Spain. The dollar weakened and gold touched a record on bets the Federal Reserve will buy more debt.