Carmignac: eurozone’s ‘fasting is self-destructive’
Competitiveness not austerity will save Europe's peripheral nations, says Carmignac's Didier Saint-Georges, as he also issues a warning over the 'oil price threat'.
by Atholl Simpson on Mar 08, 2012 at 09:34
Europe’s ‘Lehman moment’ has been averted but starving the eurozone of much-needed growth through the enforcement of draconian austerity measures is no long-term solution, according to Carmignac’s Didier Saint-Georges.
In its latest monthly investor note, the firm’s spokesperson and investment committee member said:
‘The ECB has avoided the eurozone’s sudden death but the fasting period that this convalescing region is imposing on itself is self-destructive.’
Radical austerity measures imposed by the European Commission and the IMF on peripheral countries Spain, Ireland, Italy and Greece are crippling them and any chance of boosting their growth levels.
‘Today these countries need to urgently increase their competitiveness, their labour flexibility and their growth and not impose violent reductions on their spending.’
Despite the eurozone situation, the global outlook has improved since last year, says Saint-Georges. It has been bolstered by the ECB’s move to improve banks’ access to liquidity through the LTRO process, liquidity injections by both the Bank of England and Japan and a loosening of emerging markets monetary policy.
His firm has even been on the offensive since the start of year, raising its exposure levels in most of its funds close to their maximum.
But investors must remain lucid to the risks surrounding them and not let themselves be carried away by this increased liquidity, especially in Europe, says Saint-Georges.
‘The ECB initiative has successfully treated the risk of a European “Lehman moment”. The banking sector now has the majority of its refinancing needs secured until 2014. But nevertheless, important risks still remain.’
‘First of all, the risks surrounding the implementation of the second Greece bailout should not to be underestimated.'
‘And, liquidity injected in the banking sector has not yet made its way into the real economy: the contraction of private credit in the eurozone increases the risk of recession, each month rendering more misleading the public debt reduction forecasts.’
Oil price warning
Today's top headlines
- Global viewpoints: how are fund pickers tapping high yield?
- State Street's global equities chief to exit in major shake-up
- Bernanke's bombshell: top managers split on QE tapering comments
- MFS’s Swanson on Merkel, shale oil and the US ending QE
- Overnight Markets: US stocks fall after Fed policy statement
More about this:
More from us
- Carmignac liquidates disappointing thematic fund
- Is Rod Stewart a good market indicator for 2012?
- Edouard Carmignac: 'we are as innovative as Apple'
- Edouard Carmignac heaps praise on Draghi in latest open letter
- Carmignac: 2012 to be a very ‘Rock’n’Roll’ year