Natixis’ Artus on debt ratios

In his latest FTSE Global Markets blog, Patrick Artus reveals the key drivers behind OECD countries’ high debt ratios, and discusses what can be done to bring them down. Among the many challenges facing OECD countries are a poor return on capital, rising interest rates on some government debt and much private sector debt, concern from borrowers about their default risks and income streams, plus the deterioration in levels of wealth held in property and equity markets. According to Artus, the only remaining hope for countries to redress their high debt rations is for an improvement in corporate profitability

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