I just re-opened the thread on "How and why Greece will leave the euro zone" because there has been so much chatter about a Greek exit. I am still a bit in disbelief that Europe would allow the Greek economy to crumble so much thy would be forced to exit. You have to think contagion risk from a Greek exit is still pretty high. That tells me Europe is bluffing about cutting Greece off. But politicians sometimes get backed into a rhetorical position that takes on a life of its own. So bad things can definitely happen.
Here's the thinking behind an exit:
A Greek exit from the euro zone would be traumatic, yes. Nevertheless, Greece’s fiscal path is still not sustainable even after the default and haircut. They have over 100% debt to GDP and a very large primary deficit. Contras...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.