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IMF Warns That Sovereign Debt in Advanced Economies is Unsustainable

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

At a conference in Beijing, the International Monetary Fund’s first deputy managing director, John Lipsy, spoke with alarm over his forecast that average public debt to GDP ratios in all advanced economies would exceed 100 percent during 2011. Lipsky and the IMF issued a blunt warning; these ratios, set for continued expansion with public deficits spiraling out of control, are unsustainable and will lead to critical economic consequences. His views were in opposition to those who supported continued government deficits as vital for stimulating advanced economies, which continue to be plagued by low or negative growth.

The IMF official also said that current low interest rates on sovereign debt cannot be sustained for much longer. Higher interest rates are inevitable, Lipsky indicated. The IMF is clearly worried that a sovereign debt crisis of massive proportions is about to metastasize throughout all advanced economies, having already ravaged Greece and Ireland.




Sovereign Debt Crisis Worsening

March 21st, 2010 Comments off

For more than a year, I have been warning in my blog of the acute risk to the global economy stemming from out of control public spending in major and advanced economies. My new book , “Global Economic Forecast 2010-2015: Recession Into Depression,” amplifies my warning  with data  and trend analysis. The bottom line in my forecast: the current level of public debt and deficits in large economies, in particular the United States and United Kingdom, is unsustainable, and will inevitably lead to a profound sovereign debt implosion, sparking a synchronized global depression (my book is available on, can be downloaded as an Amazon kindle, or can be purchased directly from this website, Now, a growing chorus of authoritative figures in the world of economics and finance are echoing my warnings.

As reported in Bloomberg, the International Monetary Fund’s first deputy managing director, John Lipsky, speaking at the China Development Forum in Beijing, said “this surge in government debt is occurring at a time when pressure from rising health and pension spending is building up,” leading to major economies being confronted with “acute” fiscal challenges. The IMF official warned that even if these countries exit from their so-called economic stimulus measures, this won’t even come close to confronting their growing public debt gap.

Lipsky’s remarks follow on the heels of another bleak warning that emerged from the co-chief investment officer at Pimco,  Mohamed El-Erian, which I reviewed in a previous post.  He spoke frankly of the danger that sovereigns will attempt to inflate away their excess public debt, or even default.

When  individuals of the rank of  Mohamed El-Erian and John Lipsky discuss openly, on the public record, the alarming growth of public indebtedness, then only an ostrich can conclude that there exists no sovereign debt crisis.