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Economy in Brief
U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Improves
The ISM Composite Index of Nonmanufacturing Sector Business during June matched expectations and improved slightly to 56.0...
U.S. Labor Market Conditions Index Remains Weak
During June, the change in the index remained roughly stable at 0.8...
German Orders Sink Slowly in May as Foreign Orders Stay Firm
German overall orders fell by 0.2% in May after rising strongly by 2.2% in April...
U.S. Payroll Employment and Earnings Gains Ease; Unemployment Rate Falls to Seven-Year Low
Nonfarm payroll employment during June increased 223,000 (2.1% y/y) following a downwardly revised 254,000 May rise...
U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Nudge Higher
Initial unemployment insurance claims gained to 281,000 (-10.7% y/y) in the week ended June 27...
Euro Area PPI Inflation Still Falls Year-on-Year
In May the PPI excluding construction was dead flat...
by Louise Curley June 4, 2012
Spain is in trouble once again. Capital is leaving the country and interest rates are rising, as can be seen in the attached chart. The 10 year bond rate was 6.5% on June 1st and probably higher today. The European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund together with the Spanish government are engaged in trying to find ways to ameliorate the situation while the foreign banks that have lent to Spanish banks in the past are worried about their exposure to these banks.
Some Information on foreign banks' exposure to Spanish banks, as well as to Greece, Ireland and Portugal, can be found in Haver. In The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) data base, there is a table "Foreign Exposure to Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain" under the section, Consolidated International Claims on BIS Reporting Banks. Data are quarterly and begin in 2010. Most data end in the fourth quarter of 2011. Countries covered are Germany, France, Italy, Other Euro Area, Japan. U. S. U. K. and Rest of the World. U. S. banks appear to have the largest exposure, $227.7 billion dollars, to Spanish banks followed by Germany and other European Countries. Japanese and Rest of the World banks have much smaller exposures to troubles in the Spanish Banks.
|Exposure of Banks to Claims from Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, Q4 2011 (Billions USD)|
|U. K. Banks||137.5||33.3||192.1||22.3|
|Other Euro Area*||179.6||21.9||67.2||33.5|
|Rest of World Banks*||41.3||5.7||57.3||9.5|
|* Data are as of Third Quarter, 2010|