The latest news on Greece is that it may be considering a euro exit, with German leaders suggesting the country will need a debt restructuring either way.
Germany may be trying to expedite a debt restructuring for Greece by planting the story, but it does seem we are moving with great speed toward that reality.
The countries, banks, and firms exposed a Greek debt restructuring are numerous. It’s time you got up to speed.
Japanese banks hold $500 million in Greek debt
Spanish banks hold $600 million in Greek debt
U.S. banks hold $1.8 billion in Greek debt
Italian banks hold $2.6 billion in Greek debt
UK banks hold $3.2 billion in Greek debt
French banks hold $19.8 billion in Greek debt
German banks hold $26.3 billion in Greek debt
Other Eurozone countries hold $15.7 billion in Greek debt
Banks in Europe have been working to cut their exposures.
If a restructuring does occur, the risk trade will be clobbered.
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If the IMF has to step inwith more cash, other bailouts could be endangered.
Wells Fargo: If IMF has to act on Greece and its neighbors, particularly Spain, its could be hindered in acting in other crisis around the world as it will use up too much of its capital.Note: Data from 2010.
Insurance: Several insurance companies have the potential for contagion risk
Morgan Stanley: There are only a few businesses heavily exposed to one of Greece, Spain, or Portugal, but they include MapFre and Fortis.Note: Data from 2010.
Insurance: Fortis has significant exposure to Greece, Portugal, and Italy
Morgan Stanley: 39% of Fortis’ tangible book value is exposed in Greece, 25% in Portugal, and 69% in Italy.Note: Data from 2010.
Insurance: Potential contagion risks for giants
Morgan Stanley: While not over exposed to Greece or any of the PIIGs, several of the insurance giants have positions in each country which could become difficult if crisis was to spread throughout the debt troubled states after a Greek default or rescue. This is, however, unlikely.Note: Data from 2010.
Other countries will have a much harder time entering the Euro.
ECB: Rate hike cycle may be stalled
Bulgaria and Romania will get slammed by a pullback in Greek lending.
Morgan Stanley: Bulgaria and Romania rely on Greek banks for a large amount of lending, much of which will be cut back in a Greek collapse due to a reliance on government loans. Reliance will shift towards local deposits as a source of lending, but these economies are struggling somewhat themselves.Note: Data from 2010.
Macedonia, and Albania will be hit too
Morgan Stanley: When the Greek economy slides, foreign workers from Albania and Bulgaria may lose jobs and stop sending home remittances. Also, FDI to Macedonia (7% of its GDP) and Bulgaria (8% of GDP) will decrease.Note: Data from 2010.
Extreme Tail Risk: Complete Greek Bank retrenchment crushes Central Eastern Europe
Morgan Stanley: Extreme tail risk scenario points to complete retrenchment by Greek banks from all Central Eastern European markets which results in their loan books not being rolled over to their local subsidiaries.Could spark a credit crisis in countries like Romania and Bulgaria, where 25% and 45% of the respective country’s loans come from.
Note: Data from 2010.
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