First Greece, Then Ireland… and Now Spain?

 

Any bets to who's next?

The weight of bank debt needing refinancing next year could threaten Spain’s solvency and force it to become the next European country to seek a bail-out, according to a report from the investment banking arm of Barclays.

After Ireland was finally forced this week to ask for financial help from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, Barclays analysts now say it is possible that a similar fate could await Spain.

In the first four months of 2011, the Spanish government and the country’s banks must raise about €70bn (£59.2bn) in the bond market, which Barclays said would be a “big test for investor appetite”, adding that it was concerned with the “execution risk”.

“Our view is that the challenges facing Spain remain substantial – with the likelihood of a positive outcome poor until at least the sovereign and the banks have successfully navigated their way over the funding hump facing them both in Spring 2011,” said the analysts.

(See the full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/financialcrisis/8163705/Spain-could-be-forced-to-seek-a-bail-out-within-months-warns-Barclays.html)

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