Debt bombs face the world

Debt bombs face the world

Concern about rising government deficits and debt levels worldwide has created an alarm in financial markets. The debt crisis may have not been centre on some countries but all over the world. Many economies are struggling in the financial downturn. It always raises the question of how badly indebted are the major countries of the world. Many countries provided economic stimulus package in 2009 and had put debt payment into this year’s fiscal plan. Most members of the euro zone have sailed past the 3% budget deficit cap required for membership in the common European currency. The following list details some indebted countries including world’s leading economies in terms of foreign debt and percentage of GDP.

 

 

Iceland

Iceland was known as the first subprime nation in the world in 2009. The uncontrolled bubble of lending pushed its debt three times higher than its GDP. This country was forced to go cap-in-hand to the International Monetary Fund for a $ 2.1 billion bailout.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: BBB-

Debt-to-GDP ratio (2009): 310%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: -2.0%

Budget deficit ratio 2010 (estimate): -9.9%

 

Portugal

Portugal is one of 16 EU countries to share the euro currency. The adoption of currency means that it can not appreciate or depreciate the currency.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: A+

Debt-to-GDP ratio (2009): 84.6%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: 0.4%

Budget deficit ratio 2010 (estimate): -7.3%

 

France

Unlike other neighboring countries, France is not much affected by the global turndown. This nation aims to bring its budget deficit to fewer than 3% prior to 2014. To meet this goal, it is likely that France will increase rates of two types of credit and apply other measures.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: AAA

Debt-to-GDP ratio (2009): 82.6%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: 0.9%

Budget deficit ratio 2010 (estimate): -7.1%

 

Greece

Greece’s budget deficit in 2008 was 12.7%, three times an earlier forecast. The government wants to raise an additional $ 6.5 billion this year through pay freezes for government workers and new taxes.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: BBB+

Debt-to-GDP ratio (2009): 124%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: -0.1%

Budget deficit ratio 2010 (estimate): -9%

 

Germany

The largest economy and biggest exporter in Europe encounters difficulties tax policy. This nation’s government cut about $ 12.3 billion of tax to bolster the local economy, which makes its budget deficit reach up to record 4.6% in 2010.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: AAA

Debt-to-GDP ratio (2009): 84.5%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: 3.6%

Budget deficit  ratio 2010 (estimate): -4.6%

 

India

Bad debt has been one of major hindrances to India’s economy in the recent years. However, its fast GDP growth along with domestic capital flow may help this economy get out of troubles.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: BBB-

Debt-to-GDP (2009): 88.9%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: 6.4%

Budget deficit ratio 2010 (estimate): -6.8%

 

US

$ 787 billion stimulus package and further billions of dollars pumped into the financial service sector have pushed America’s debt burden to almost 100% of annual GDP to US’s debt. Expected GDP growth of 1.5% in 2010 may help this strong economy partly solve its problem.

 

Sovereign Credit Rating: AAA

Debt-to-GDP ratio (2009): 93.6%

Estimated GDP growth 2010: 1.5%

Budget deficit ratio 2010 (estimate): -9.9%

 

 

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