Our fiscal year ends tomorrow. Can you chip in $50, $25 or even $10 to help us reach our goal?
Fitch warning causes U.S. stocks to drop
Share Now on:
Steve Chiotakis: Ratings agency Fitch caused a big slide in American stocks yesterday, after it warned that American banks would take a big hit if the eurozone crisis gets worse. But just how exposed is the U.S. to what’s going on in Europe?
From London, here’s Marketplace’s Stephen Beard.
Stephen Beard: Fitch concedes that American banks have been pulling money out of Europe for over a year, especially from the most vulnerable countries like Greece. But the U.S. banks still have a big exposure to France, and Fitch warns the French could soon be dragged into the crisis.
The ratings agency’s also worried about the insurance coverage the banks have taken out to protect themselves against losses from a default. Fitch says that coverage may be ineffective.
Bob McKee of Independent Strategy says, just look at what’s happening in Greece.
Bob McKee: The Greek government is arranging a voluntary haircut or default with its private sector creditors, which would not invoke what they call a “credit event,” and therefore not invoke the insurance.
Fitch says U.S. banks could suffer in other ways if the eurozone debt crisis worsens. The money markets where they raise a lot of cash could be disrupted.
In London, I’m Stephen Beard, for Marketplace.
There’s a lot happening in the world. Through it all, Marketplace is here for you.
You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible.
Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.