The sovereign debt crisis — centered on Greece for the moment, but bound to spread to other heavily indebted national governments — has taken an ominous turn.
The European Central Bank (ECB), the Federal Reserve, and the International Monetary Fund unveiled a trillion-dollar bailout package for the bankrupt Greek government. The intent was to defend the euro, which has been depreciating rapidly vis-a-vis the dollar.
Indeed, the bailout worked—for all of a few hours. Then the market dismissed it as ineffectual and the euro resumed its downtrend. Read More»