In a series of papers, De Grauwe and Ji (2013, 2014) explain how participation in a monetary union may lead member countries with high debt-to-GDP ratios to self-fulfilling liquidity crises, which then degenerate to solvency problems, in the absence of a lender of last resort function for the Central Bank. The figure illustrates that the cost of borrowing for Greece was at par with Germany in 2007 and only slightly more in 2008–09. De Bruyckere et al. The third is a belief-coordination shock that will determine whether a country gets the best or the worst possible equilibrium price schedule in a period. It focuses on factors leading to the accumulation of the debts and their impact on the debtor nations. Two main ways of ‘structuring’ foreign debt contracts are found. The origins of the sovereign debt crisis in Eurozone can be traced back to the outbreak of the global financial crisis in 2007 and the measures undertaken by almost all EMU governments which were meant to insulate their banking sector from the direct or indirect consequences of that crisis. As the Deputy General Manager of the BIS commented in a speech: The Asian crisis was special in comparison with previous experiences in that the debt mainly took the form of international credits granted not to governments but to the private sector. During the same period, the average Greek spread (over German bonds) was less than 40 bp (basis points) against 56 bp for European issues.4 A possible interpretation of this is that the underwriters (Goldman Sachs was almost always one of them) knew things that investors did not. They had to borrow more money just to pay off These runs often occur as the result of contagion between countries. The former is made up of national budget surplus (i.e., saving by government) and saving by citizens and firms. The accumulated evidence up to now has unequivocally reached the conclusion that although fiscal performance matters for the sovereign bond spreads, its significance is, at best, moderated by the presence of other factors. All the measures that were adopted, varying from capital injections and guarantees for bank liabilities to asset support programs and the extension of deposit insurance schemes, had as a side-effect the development of severe fiscal imbalances. Jubilee 2000 campaign), an article, titled, How it all Began; Causes of the Debt Crisis originally written in 1998 has been reposted here. M. Aguiar, ... Z. Stangebye, in Handbook of Macroeconomics, 2016. A lot of attention has been given to rating agencies and they have received heavy criticism for their lack of foresight and overreaction. Hence our preferred specification is the stochastic growth case and, so, we discuss this case as well. While we will take the maturity of the debt to be parametric, being able to examine the implications of short and long maturity is an important aspect of the analysis. Greece: fiscal deficit and current account deficit. Though, this reality is underlain by an assumption of future higher level of consumption of the presently foregone items. Local currency crisis How were these huge debts amassed? arms, often to shore up oppressive regimes. Brazil, Argentina and Mexico would render 9 major U.S. banks insolvent. Instead, we will lay out a fairly cutting-edge model of sovereign debt issuance and use that model and its various permutations to gauge the successes and failures of the current literature as we see them. The Borrowing rates for selected European countries. 11.4 illustrates the added cost of borrowing for selected countries in comparison to the cost of borrowing for Germany. The first will feature stochastic fluctuations around a deterministic trend with constant growth. Leonard Onyiriuba, in Bank Risk Management in Developing Economies, 2016. Default by the sovereign will feature two punishments: a period of exclusion from credit markets and a loss in output during the period of exclusion. 2. The first sign appears when the country finds it cannot get a low interest rate from lenders. The world financial market is not just an amazingly powerful institution, it is also a vehicle for powerful externalities.”. In all countries applying SAPs, the poor have been hit hardest. The short-term effect was the closing down of foreign debt markets for a fairly extended period. However, the notion that we have roughly the same uncertainty about where the level of output of a developing country will be in 5 years and in 50 years seems sharply counterfactual, as documented by Aguiar and Gopinath (2007). 2. The eurozone (debt) crisis was caused by (i) the lack of a(n) (effective) mechanisms / institutions to prevent the build-up of macro-economic and, in some countries, fiscal imbalances and (ii) the lack of common eurozone institutions to effectively absorb shocks (also see Rabobank, 2012; Rabobank, 2013). While the authors are agnostic as to the absolute merits (or demerits) of these different ways of packaging, they do provide a discussion in the conclusion of their implications and significance.8, Cristina Terra, in Principles of International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics, 2015. As a result, if creditors believe that other creditors will not purchase new debt issued by the sovereign, they themselves will not purchase these debts leading to a self-confirming default. The usual demand for borrowing is caused by deficiency of aggregate national saving relative to planned investment expenditure of the government. Much like pure panic contagion, investors run from a country simply because it is perceived to have one or more characteristics in common with a country known to be in difficulties. As a result, investors have reduced their exposure to European investment products, and the value of the Euro has decreased. Loans raised from citizens in the domestic financial markets deny such local creditors the use of the invested resources for increased current consumption. The chapter will begin by considering the empirical evidence on spreads. An important example is when a government is counting on being able to roll over its existing debt in order to service it over time. It is a The German newspapers that in 1931 wondered about the geographical knowledge (or otherwise) of American investors might have been echoed by newspapers in Asia during the 1997–1998 financial crisis in which the currencies and financial systems of country after country came under pressure as the result of international investors acting only on the basis of their perceived similarity to other countries that were in trouble. In May 2010 Greece had no choice but to ask the IMF for assistance. And even worse to be in that situation if someone else ran up the debt and left you to carry it. Banks lent lavishly and without much thought about how the money would be used or whether the recipients had We’re seeing that to some extent in Europe . Motivated by these events, part of the research in this area set out to study the “sovereign-bank” loop that was generated and it was reflected in the increased correlation between sovereign and bank default risk. Once exchange rates were no longer pegged, the banking systems almost immediately became insolvent because their local currency-based borrowers could no longer repay their foreign currency loans. And even worse to be in that situation if 3. SAPs consist of measures designed to help a country repay its debts by earning more hard currency - increasing With simple and illustrative way, it will be made an attempt to analyze and understand M. Flandreau, ... S. Nieto-Parra, in Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets, Institutions, and Infrastructure, 2013, The recent European government debt crisis has brought renewed focus on the process through which foreign government debt is packaged and sold. procedure for agreeing this debt relief should be undertaken by an independent body, perhaps under the UN. Finally, Saka et al. Bookmark or share this with others using some popular social bookmarking web sites: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. Then, they show that their estimates of both the PDs and the LGDs were positively correlated with global risk indicators, like the iTraxx, and weakly only related to economic fundamentals and institutional factors. So our notion of a debt crisis covers all of the major negative events that one associates with sovereign debt issuance. Bank Loans in foreign currency By continuing you agree to the use of cookies. Today, underwriters merely act as distributors of foreign government securities. The evolution of foreign governments' bond underwriting during two centuries underscores that the role of financial intermediaries has experienced important transformations between ‘now’ (which is taken to correspond to the period of the reemergence of foreign government debt markets in the 1990s) and ‘then’ (which is taken to correspond to the period that goes from the end of the French Wars in 1815 to the New Deal Financial Acts of 1933 and 1934). Our model will feature both fundamental defaults, in which default is taking place under the best possible terms (fixing future behavior). Their governments owe vast sums But rating agencies do not exist in a vacuum. the first time they had borrowed from commercial banks. This chapter provides a historical perspective on primary markets for foreign government debt and the intermediaries that manage them. This would change millions of lives, without taking away the Another cause for large scale debt has been the corruption and embezzlement of money by the elite in developing countries (who were often placed in power by the powerful countries themselves). living in their countries. We will consider two different growth processes for our borrowing countries. In the recent ‘subprime’ crisis, they have been blamed for having succumbed to conflicts of interest, underwritten poor products, and then exploited inefficiencies in the way rating agencies operate to distribute them. Jaramillo and Weber (2013), using panel threshold estimation techniques, show that it does matter what state a country faces in terms of the global environment. About two-thirds of the Asian banks' interbank debt had a maturity of less than one year, whereas they had lent to their domestic clients long term. This behavior by international lenders typifies the reaction described by Wypolsz (1998, p. 8): [W]hen instability becomes acute in a particular country, lenders' reaction is to abruptly limit or even cut lending to “similar countries.” In typical form of herd behavior, as uncertainty rises financial institutions tend to protect themselves by sticking to the pack. These moneys are often placed in foreign banks (and used to loan back to the developing countries). In any country, the government finances its expenditures primarily by raising In order to obtain more foreign currency, governments implementing SAPs usually have to: a one-off cancellation of the backlog of unpayable debt for the world's poorest countries - which either While new … We will also seek to characterize the extent to which the observed spread is driven by country-specific fundamentals, global financial risk and uncertainty factors, or other common drivers. So farmers The chapter will then develop a quantitative model of sovereign debt that has the following key features: risk-averse competitive lenders, since it will turn out that risk premia are substantial, and a strategic sovereign who chooses how much to borrow and whether or not to repay, much as in the original Eaton and Gersovitz (1981) model. Hence, it will not feature an extensive literature survey, though we will of course survey the literature to some extent, including a brief overview at the end of the chapter. Quantitative Models of Sovereign Debt Crises, Global Financial Brands and the Underwriting of Foreign Government Debt since 1815, Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets, Institutions, and Infrastructure, Principles of International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics, Market Sentiment and Contagion in Euro-Area Bond Markets, Dimitris Georgoutsos, Petros Migiakis, in, Handbook of Investors' Behavior During Financial Crises, Acharya et al., 2014; Ejsing and Lemke, 2011, Arghyrou and Kontonikas, 2012; De Santis, 2014, Panics, Bank Runs, and Coordination Problems, Heidi Mandanis Schooner, Michael W. Taylor, in, Macroeconomic Challenge of Liquidity Risk for Banking in Developing Countries, Bank Risk Management in Developing Economies, Debt Markets, Financial Crises, and Public Finance in the Eurozone: Action, Structure, and Experience in Greece, Akrivi Andreou, ... Christos Nastopoulos, in. All too often the money found its way into private bank accounts. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Some observers claim that a similar pattern can be identified in foreign government debt. A definition of the debt crisis is also provided. Clearly this was not a sustainable position. They buy and sell, and make recommendations to clients. An excess of international liquidity had characterized the previous decade, with oil producing countries seeking financial applications for their petrodollars. The ‘excess fee’ given the lower spread at issue may have rewarded efforts to gloss it over in promotional ‘road shows.’ Consistent with this view are reports that Goldman Sachs may have shorted Greek debt immediately after it arranged what some observers have called ‘shady swaps.’5, At the end of the day, this failure of gatekeeping (which obviously was not only limited to foreign government debt) has contributed to a massive credit crunch and retrenchment of several capital markets. Furthermore, Camba-Méndez and Serwa (2016) manage to identify separately the probability of default (PD) and the loss given default (LGD) in the CDS prices of a number of euro-area countries. Rather, it would be a once-only gesture to mark the millennium, a gesture This pattern was repeated over and over in the following years as other countries found themselves in similar Entire countries can also suffer from a classic run on the bank. Figure 11.3. In addition, the foreign financial flows meant that the Greek government was not pressured to reduce government spending or raise taxes to eliminate the fiscal deficit. China. together and got the support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a scheme to spread out or reschedule What would cause creditworthiness to get devalued would be a recession or economic slowdown. A synthetic overview of our interpretation is provided in Section 2, while 3 Current account imbalances and macroeconomic fundamentals, 4 The role of the financial system, 5 Imbalances in foreign debt accumulation and management present a systematic assessment of the sources of economic tension at the root of the Asian crisis. But such events are hard to predict, and there are limits to how much responsibility can be reasonably assigned to the rating agencies.1. the interest. Yet it must pay back the loan at compounded interest rate. While the recent crises in the EU are of obvious interest, they come with a much more complicated strategic dimension, given the role played by the European Central Bank and Germany in determining the outcomes for a country like, say, Greece. However, in periods when global risk is high, countries will be affected from their fiscal fundamentals the closer they are to fiscally troubled countries. The same occurred with respect to financial institutions, and not just in the Eurozone. A debt crisis can occur if a country with a weak economy is not able to repay external debt due to the inability to produce and sell goods and make a profitable return. But for others, this was The pressures that banks' profits from traditional activities have been under has also forced them to go in search of lending opportunities in riskier—and therefore potentially higher return—markets, like lending to emerging market economies. In addition to the fiscal deficit, Fig. The chapter will examine two different forms of the output default cost. However, in the 2010–12 period the cost of borrowing skyrocketed for Greece. That line is called bankruptcy. In the past, the underwriting contract included a certification service and the provision of an implicit ‘put’ (which enabled investors to sell back the security at a minimum loss). cannot be paid, or can be paid only with enormous human suffering. This tendency for investors to sometimes see solvency risks as an on–off phenomenon rather than a gradually changing variable was clearly demonstrated within the Eurozone. The trap was sprung - Third World countries were earning less than ever for their exports and paying The element of herding behavior is especially important for understanding how financial crises can spread internationally. from exports now bought less. You can also see the article at their web site: http://www.jubileeresearch.org/analysis/reports/beginners_guide/began.htm. Despite this, we see our analysis as providing substantial insight into sovereign debt crises in developed countries as well. in Western banks. … [W]orse even is when the herd runs for the door as all lenders try to get out of the danger zone. rose again. In Kindelberger's words, the news that the bank had failed caused “runs by foreign depositors on banks in other countries. We include the deterministic trend process because the literature has focused on it. When trouble came, investment banks were in a unique position to hedge whatever exposure they had to subprime instruments. programmes are known as Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs). But it's a different matter altogether to be deeply in debt and unable to repay it. First, international interest rates increased, causing the service on foreign debt contracted under floating interest rates to be more expensive. Local banking systems thus confronted a typical Diamond-Dybvig situation of guaranteeing liquidity to the foreign banks that had lent to them, while having invested their funds in long-term bank loans. However, when global risk aversion is high, there is enhanced awareness to country specific fiscal fundamentals. analysis of the nature, causes, economic consequences, prevention as well as control of the European Debt crisis. Germany and Italy are both in Europe, the US and Mexico are both on the North American continent). Being that there were many restrictions on international private finance transactions, the lion’s share of foreign debt was sovereign debt. The possibility of such a self-fulfilling debt crisis is further strengthened when a country has a large amount of short-term debt falling due that it would like to roll over: that is, it would like to repay these debts by issuing new debts. We use cookies to help provide and enhance our service and tailor content and ads. Debt Relief Measures: In view of deep debt crisis faced particularly by the LDCs, it is necessary to adopt appropriate remedial measures. There will be three shocks in the model. If anything, macroeconomic fundamentals seem to play a more important role for the core Eurozone countries while peripheral countries seem to be more vulnerable to episodes triggered in other countries in the periphery of the euro-area (see also, Arghyrou and Kontonikas, 2012; De Santis, 2014). In addition, because the Asian banks had borrowed in U.S. dollars, which they had lent to domestic borrowers whose own cash-flows were (mainly) in their local currencies, a currency mismatch problem developed at the system-wide level. Mexico owed huge sums of money to banks in the US and Europe, and they didn't want to lose it. Their results indicate that both the deterioration of the debt sustainability in the euro-area as well as market sentiment factors lie behind the observed increase in the sovereign risk premium. Heidi Mandanis Schooner, Michael W. Taylor, in Global Bank Regulation, 2010. High government borrowing often leads to selling bonds to oversees investors. At the time external loans fall due for repayment or even for service, economic condition of the country could deteriorate to a level that it might not be in a position to meet the obligation. Surely the main cause of the debt crisis was rising interest rates. help countries pay off other loans. The causes of the crisis included high-risk lending and borrowing practices, burst real estate bubbles, and hefty deficit spending. According to Martin Wolf, “Estonia, Ireland and Spain had vastly better public debt … (frequently foreign investors make bad judgements and buy debt from countries who later default.) We will seek to gauge the extent to which this debt features a risk premium in addition to default risk. This run affected the banking system as a whole, rather than just individual banks, as foreign banks withdrew the funds and cut the credit lines they had provided to Asian banks. World Bank stepped in with new loans under strict conditions, to help pay the interest. more than ever on their loans and on what they needed to import. The second form is a nonlinear output cost such as was initially pioneered by Arellano (2008). cancelling all debts repeatedly. (2014), by making use of an exhaustive compilation of data, show that local macroeconomic variables can partially only explain the rise in sovereign risk in core and peripheral euro-area countries. This wouldn't be setting a precedent for Since then the IMF and the World Bank - the two main international financial institutions - have been involved When individuals become deeply indebted, we draw a line under the debt. Among the countries affected was Greece, which saw its cost of funds increasing sharply. For many years after the creation of the euro, sovereign risk spreads of the Eurozone governments were extremely small and a number of analysts expressed concerns that risk was priced much too low. The money they made The foreign debt of African nations has increased so rapidly in recent years that threats of bankruptcy hover across the continent, raising the prospect that Africa's most serious crisis will be triggered not by drought, but by debt. The latter ranged from a complete disapproval and even punitive disposition toward Greece to acquiescence for financial support under conditions: The German Chancellor A. Merkel was rigorously stating that “we can’t have a common currency where some get lots of holiday time and others very little” (Guillén, 2012) and that there will be no European bonds “as long as I live.”72 The German Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schaeuble was always highlighting the importance of discipline in the application of austerity measures contending that “European solidarity isn’t a one-way street.”73 In February 2010, A. Merkel was stating that “Greece is a part of the European Union and won’t be left on its own, but there are rules and these rules need to be adhered to.”74 Finally, Germany agreed with the provision of help to Greece conditional to the IMF’s participation in the rescue program. Initially, causality was detected which was running from banks’ to sovereigns’ CDS spreads but the deterioration of the fiscal position of most EMU countries and their perceived inability to support their banking sectors soon reversed the direction of this causality (Acharya et al., 2014; Ejsing and Lemke, 2011). For countries outside of the Eurozone, fiscal crises can generate currency crises in the same manner as banking crises, through large net shifts in capital flows. This is what happened to the Asian banking systems. There is no exact combination of such factors that makes a fiscal situation unsustainable, and market opinion often shifts rather rapidly from seeing little risks to having great concerns. So in 1973 they hiked their prices. We focus on debt crises in developing countries because the literature has focused on them and because these countries provide the bulk of our examples of debt crises and defaults. Many governments started large-scale development projects, some of Investment banks systematically talk up their issues and thus appear to take side not with the investor but with the borrower, from whom they receive fees.2 When Greece's debt crisis erupted, allegations were made that Goldman Sachs had structured a number of swaps that had the effect of concealing the rise of Greece's debts by deft exploitation of the way through which official reporting occurred.3 There is a casual evidence of excessively high fees associated with underwriting ‘bad’ governments. If those countries had defaulted, it would have been worse than the 2008 financial crisis. The second is a shock to lender wealth. Such concerns can also make banking crises more likely as financial institutions face increasing difficulties in borrowing abroad. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. 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