The third-biggest U.S. city has been mired in a financial crisis largely fueled by its $20 billion unfunded pension liability. Moody’s, which dropped Chicago to the “junk” level of Ba1 with a negative outlook in May, laid out four scenarios facing Chicago based on the fiscal 2016 budget it passed last month.
The district, which serves about 400,000 students at more than 600 schools, faces a $1.1 billion structural deficit and thousands of possible teacher layoffs after Christmas.
The state’s two largest public pension systems, the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, have an unfunded liability of more than $53 billion, according to a state budget report in March. McGinnis says it’s more than that.
The Treasury sold $52 billion of four-week bills in its biggest regularly scheduled offering on record as it ramps up sales of short-term securities after cutting back as the U.S. approached its borrowing limit.
The Japanese government’s debt is expected to reach just over 1,167 trillion yen ($9.469 trillion) in the 2015 fiscal year, according to data released by Japan’s finance ministry on Tuesday. This translates to about 8.3 million yen per Japanese citizen.
Years of low interest rates and a boom in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have made American companies spend without looking back. This has resulted in the highest corporate debt in a decade, close to $1 trillion, according to a report by Goldman Sachs.
The IIF estimated that combined global household debt was now more than 44 trillion and that $6.2 trillion of a $7.7 trillion rise in the amount since 2007 – prior to the global financial crisis – was in emerging markets. That equated to a rise in those regions of more than 120 percent to around $3,000 per adult, according to latest data.
The euro zone’s inflation and growth prospects are facing downside risks, European Central Bank’s governing council member Erkki Liikanen said on Tuesday, adding the ECB is “willing and able” to act to achieve its price growth target.
“With its euphemistically so-called Quantitative Easing policy, the ECB is seeking to inflame inflation by printing huge amounts of money,” said Gauweiler, who was behind a case that resulted in a ruling from the EU’s top court earlier this year. “This program is economic policy and first and foremost serves private banks from which the ECB purchases problematic loans. It is turning itself into the bad bank of Europe.”
Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles contracted 38.5 percent from a year earlier after a 29 percent drop in September, the Association of European Business in Russia said in a statement on Tuesday. That was worse than the median of six estimates in a Bloomberg survey for a 33 percent decline.
Prices of vegetables like onions, tomatoes and potatoes have already been rising, with some staples up as much as 20 percent in a month. Palm oil prices have also climbed in the last two months, while milk prices have risen by 10 percent.
Brazil’s sovereign rating was cut to junk by Standard & Poor’s in September. Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service rate the country the lowest level of investment grade. The rating companies have cited concern over slow growth and the fiscal scenario.
Sweden’s central bank stands increasingly ready to use a full range of policy tools to keep any strengthening of the crown in check, even as inflationary pressures rise, minutes of its latest meeting showed on Tuesday.
After Draghi announced a 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) bond-buying program on Jan. 22, holdings by euro-area residents of debt and equity in the nine European Union countries outside the currency bloc soared to fresh records, ECB data show. Total portfolio investments rose more than 9 percent in the first quarter to 2.05 trillion euros.
South Africa’s rand plunged to a record against the dollar on Tuesday, increasing pressure on the central bank to raise borrowing costs at a policy meeting next week.
Krung Thai Bank , Thailand’s second largest lender, has cut its 2015 loan growth target as the bank is more cautious on lending amid slowing economic growth and rising bad debts, its president Vorapak Tanyawong said on Tuesday.
Office vacancies in Seoul will probably remain high this year due to weakened demand for space from companies as South Korea’s economic growth slows, according to Savills Plc.
Indonesia’s PT Bank Permata Tbk said on Tuesday it has experienced “significant” pressure on its portfolio in the third quarter of this year due to the weakness in the economy, and sees more downside in the remaining quarter.
Canada’s budget watchdog says the outlook is growing more bleak just weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won power with a pledge to stimulate the country’s struggling economy.
China will maintain policy support for the economy as it faces headwinds caused by a sluggish world economy and domestic structural adjustments, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.
Emerging-market debt has grown $28Tn since 2009, according to the Institute of International Finance, which on Monday introduced a database tracking 18 developing markets. Global debt has soared $50Tn during the period to surpass a total of $240Tn, or 320% of global gross domestic product, in early 2015. That’s right, the Planet Earth is now more than 3 TIMES it’s annual gross salary on debt!
The European Commission, the OECD and the EBRD all say Greece is heading into recession again this year and next, sinking back into the mire after last year’s positive reading ended a six-year depression.
Sumitomo Metal slashed its operating profit forecast by 37 percent to 74 billion yen ($600 million) for the year to March 31, after posting a 6.9 percent decline in the first half to 51.5 billion yen. It cited a significant fall in prices for the cut and warned that capital expenditure for the year would fall to 77.5 billion yen from 85.1 billion, according to a statement to the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Diron cautioned that authorities worldwide “lack the large fiscal and conventional monetary policy buffers to protect their economies from potential shocks.”
China’s consumer inflation waned in October while factory-gate deflation extended a record streak of negative readings, signaling policy makers may need to hit the gas again to ease deflationary pressures.
“China is moving to adjust excessive investments that have accumulated since the 2008 global financial crisis, which could plunge the economy into a hard landing and have a chilling effect on South Korea,” the report said.
The mainstream Socialists are joined in opposition by the Left Bloc, the Communists and the Greens — three far-left parties that oppose Portugal’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and are willing to abandon Europe’s common currency.
The debate is noteworthy with the central bank on the verge of hiking interest rates for the first time in nine years. Many experts at the conference expressed concern the Fed might not have the tools needed to ward off the next financial crisis.
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