Daily News: January 3, 2012

World’s Biggest Economies Face $7.6 Trillion Debt


Bloomberg reported that governments of the world’s leading economies have more than $7.6 trillion of debt maturing this year, with most facing a rise in borrowing costs.

Led by Japan’s $3 trillion and the U.S.’s $2.8 trillion, the amount coming due for the Group of Seven nations and Brazil, Russia, India and China is up from $7.4 trillion at this time last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg said, based on the survey, investors may demand higher compensation to lend to countries that struggle to finance increasing debt burdens as the global economy slows. Bloomberg notes that the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for growth this year to 4% from a prior estimate of 4.5% as Europe’s debt crisis spreads, the U.S. struggles to reduce a budget deficit exceeding $1 trillion and China’s property market cools.

The amount needing to be refinanced rises to more than $8 trillion when interest payments are included. Coming after a year in which Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S.’s rating to AA+ from AAA and put 15 European nations on notice for possible downgrades, the competition to find buyers is heating up, Bloomberg said.

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