What the Irish bailout means for investors

What the Irish bailout means for investors

Concerns about a sovereign debt crisis in Europe have re-emerged in recent weeks, highlighted by the government of Ireland’s November 21 application for tens of billions of euros in aid from the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This action was taken to address weakness in Ireland’s banking system, which has been

Germany shines amid dark clouds

Germany shines amid dark clouds

While Germany emerged from Europe’s recent turmoil with accelerating economic growth and strengthening exports, the Eurozone still faces imbalances. Growth accelerated despite debt turmoil For the second quarter, Germany reported a stronger-than-expected expansion of 2.2% — its best quarterly result since 1990, the year of the country’s reunification. It achieved this despite the market turmoil

China tops U.S. in energy consumption

China tops U.S. in energy consumption

The International Energy Agency estimates that China has just surpassed the United States in overall energy consumption. What opportunities does this present for investors? Robust growth in China’s energy consumption Consumption of energy in China has doubled over the past decade, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that the country has just surpassed the

Sovereign debt troubles weaken euro

Sovereign debt troubles weaken euro

The importance of investment diversification took on more prominence in recent weeks, as sovereign debt concerns in Greece and other European Union (EU) countries played a role in increasing volatility in the equity and currency markets. Putnam Europe Equity Fund is focused on achieving diversification by investing in the securities of established large and midsize

Portugal’s debt downgrade signals larger struggle

Portugal’s debt downgrade signals larger struggle

The recent downgrade of Portugal’s sovereign credit by Fitch Ratings is symptomatic of issues in the broader region rather than an isolated event. In addition to Portugal, we have been watching the deteriorating fiscal position of several peripheral European countries. We’ve also observed that by participating in the EU, there are limitations on the ability