If history repeats itself, first as tragedy, next as farce, the third time is probably “Greece.” The austerity measures to be implemented and the staggering bailout sum together mark another exhibit in the long history of evidence supporting the line about insanity being the thing someone does over and over while expecting a different result. In its most ruthless terms, though, the markets liked it on Monday, the stock market was higher, the Treasury market sold off, and we’re in a kick-the-can scenario that David Kotok of Cumberland Advisors a few weeks ago said would be viewed well because markets like can-kicking. It’s possible it gives investment managers the hope that they’ve found the fountain of youth or something.
from Global Investing:
South Africa is due ratings reviews this Friday. Chances are that the Standard & Poor's agency will cut its BBB rating by one, or possibly even two notches. Another agency Fitch has a stable outlook on the rating but could still choose to downgrade the rating rather than the outlook. What will be the damage?