U.S. Investors Focused on Capital, Counter-Party Risks
By: SEI Investment Management Unit
- As government debt problems intensify in the European Monetary Union (EMU), financial firms outside of Europe have come under increasing pressure.
- MF Global, a small U.S.-based broker-dealer, recently declared bankruptcy due to its exposure to EMU government debt; another, Jefferies, has come under intense investor scrutiny. These episodes illustrate the powerful effects that fear and uncertainty can have on investor behavior and market volatility.
- The larger issue is not individual firms, but the risk of contagion from Europe to the global financial system and world economy.
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