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European Mess Deepens As Economy Slumps, Bank Capital Hole Grows!

 May 25, 2012 03:40 PM


(By Mike) Fire and brimstone are raining down on the European economy and the European banking system.

That's not just my opinion. That's the word coming from the world's top economic forecasters, credit ratings agencies, and industry trade groups!

Just get a load of the latest outlook from the OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The supranational group releases a twice-yearly report on the global economy, and the one out this week warned that …

"The risk is increasing of a vicious circle, involving high and rising sovereign indebtedness, weak banking system, excessive fiscal consolidation and lower growth" and that it would "spill over outside the euro area with very serious consequences for the global economy."

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The group now expects the European economy to shrink 0.1 percent this year, as opposed to a November forecast for 0.2 percent growth. Spain will slump 1.6 percent, Italy should contract at a 1.7 percent rate, while Greece will plunge 5.3 percent. Growth in Asia will also slow as China decelerates, according to the OECD.

So What about the Banks?
Fasten Your Seatbelts!

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) is one of the largest global trade groups for banks. It represents more than 400 top world financial firms, so if anything, it has an incentive to DOWNPLAY the financial risks of a European debt market collapse.

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The IIF said the majority of Spain's bank losses are from commercial real estate loans.

But that's not what it did this week. Instead, the IIF warned that Spanish banks alone are facing total loan losses of up to 260 billion euros ($332 billion). That means the banks there could need ANOTHER 60 billion euros of capital to absorb losses, money the government simply can't afford to inject into the system without torpedoing its own finances!

The IIF is far from alone, too …

Moody's Investors Service slashed its ratings on 16 Spanish banks a few days ago. The cuts of up to three notches stem from the fact "banks will continue to face highly adverse operating and market funding conditions that pose a threat to their creditworthiness." Moody's also cut its ratings on 26 Italian banks earlier in May.

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The OECD slashed growth forecasts across the euro zone.

The simple truth is the European crisis is deepening by the day … and many European banks are taking on water and sinking beneath the waves. Plus, as the OECD said just this week, the crisis will likely spread from Europe to the rest of the world … just like our credit crisis did a few years ago.

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