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Spanish Request for Financial Aid Now in November?

An article published Saturday reports that discussions with Spain over financial aid may be postponed to November, and might be dealt with concurrently with a revised loan program for Greece and a bailout for Cyprus.

It strikes me that valid concerns include:

  • with each passing day it is likely things worsen economically in Spain; and,

  • at some point, as a practical matter the old adage of 'too little, too late' has to come into play both for Spain and the Eurozone viewed as a whole.

Let's hope that November, and the time it will take to bring negotiations over Spain and Greece (Cyprus being rather incidental), does not bring things to the 'too late' position.

Also see Spain says investors' mood improving, liquidity strong that reports Spain (presumably Spain's Economy Minister since he is the person quoted in the article) said:

"investor sentiment over its fiscal situation was improving, leaving the country in a strong position to meet its financial obligations through year-end".

That hardly is a statement to engender confidence in anyone who might be directly or indirectly impacted from a personal financial point of view (which basically might mean most world investors) if Spain's economy continues to deteriorate. Think of a man on oxygen who says "I'm in good shape, I have a two and one-half month supply of oxygen, but 'who knows' after that".

Topical Reference: Spanish aid request from euro zone seen in November, from Reuters, Jan Strupczewski and Julien Toyer, October 13, 2012 - reading time 3 minutes. Also see Spain says investors' mood improving, liquidity strong, from Fox Business, from Reuters, Julien Toyer, October 13, 2012 - reading time 2 minutes.


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