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  • TOP 10 EUROPEAN REGIONAL ETFs 0 comments
    Feb 23, 2012 3:40 PM | about stocks: VGK, IEV, EZU, FEZ, FEU, DFE, GUR, GXF, ADRU, FDD

    It goes without saying that debt troubles in the eurozone have caused sharp declines in equities from the region and a similar loss of AUM (Assets under Management). The problems here may take a long time to resolve and may remain a drag on global investing.

    During 2011 we've seen a great deal of stress in European markets overall due to ongoing debt issues associated with PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain). The European Union (NYSEARCA:EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and important leaders from Germany and France have tried a variety of measures to guarantee the solvency of these countries. But, most measures have seemed temporary at best only to be revisited with more remedies. Clearly the powers that be wish to keep the euro zone and euro currency together and financially sound.

    As 2012 has evolved hopes are high that global central banks and the ECB (European Central Bank) will arrange for a rescue of Greece and other countries mired in debt. Currently the focus is on Greece but contagion issues are always at the forefront if Greek debt agreements aren't reached. Italy and/or Spain would be the next dominoes to fall and present larger problems.


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