Financial meltdown averted – but how deep and how widespread will the recession be?

Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Oxford Economics
Abstract
The credit crunch that began in July 2007 intensified dramatically in September 2008, with a series of bank failures prompting rescues and effective nationalisation of major financial institutions in the US, the UK and the Eurozone. Despite massive intervention, financial stress rose to new highs at the start of Q4 2008 as financial markets dried up, with treasury bond yields falling, interbank lending rates still high, emerging market spreads widening sharply and stock markets plunging further. Faced with financial sector meltdown, many governments have recapitalised banking sectors and guaranteed interbank loans and bank deposits to try to shore up confidence in the financial system. These moves have averted a meltdown, but the spotlight has moved onto the rapidly weakening real economy – both world growth and world trade are now expected to decline in 2009, making it the worst year since 1945.
Topic
Economics, Markets, Financial Crisis
Political Geography
United States