Sunday, May 23, 2010

Global economy can handle Europe strains: Geithner

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said a strengthened global economy was now in better shape to handle the strains emanating from Europe’s crisis, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
“You see some of the challenges in Europe now. But I think we are in a much stronger position to manage those challenges,” he told Xinhua in an interview in Washington before heading to Beijing for high-level economic discussions.
Geithner also said the dollar was on the rise because confidence was growing about the strength of the US recovery.
The US Treasury chief was due to arrive in Beijing on Sunday for meetings of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, cochairing the US side with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The economic component of the Monday and Tuesday talks are expected to explore ways to better balance the two countries’ $400-billion trade ties, steering clear of an open clash about the yuan’s peg to the dollar.
The United States still has the world’s largest economy and China has the fastest-growing one, so Geithner said cooperation between the two was vital for healthy global growth.
“China and the United States are doing what we need to do to help contribute to a broader global economic recovery,” he said. The US administration was going to tackle the deficit situation very seriously, Geithner told Xinhua. As he tries to reinvigorate the US economy, President Barack Obama has set a goal of doubling exports in five years, which can be met only with a big increase in sales to China.
Geithner said both the US and Chinese economies have undergone a major transformation in recent years and struck atheme that he is expected to pursue by praising rising levels of domestic consumption in China. The Obama administration has been urging China to rely less on exports, and more on increased consumer spending at home, to fuel its economic growth. Geithner also noted the US economy’s expansion now was being led by investment and exports, rather than consumer spending, and that savings were rising.
Europe concern
Europe’s debt crisis has become an issue of concern, partly for fear that it might spread to other regions but also because it means a diminished market for exports from countries such as China.
That has led to speculation that Beijing will be less likely to let its yuan currency rise in value, as the Obama administration was urging, since the euro’s decline has made Chinese products more expensive in its top export market.
A $1-trillion safety net, provided by EU nations and the International Monetary Fund to stabilise the euro zone — following a rescue of debt-ridden Greece — has not stopped the bloc’s currency tumbling.
Several euro zone governments have followed Athens in announcing or planning austerity measures to shore up their credit ratings and avoid having to seek a Greek-style bailout.
But doubts remain about their ability to push through savage spending cuts in the teeth of public opposition.
Geithner added last-minute stops in Britain and Germany to his itinerary when the S&ED talks wrap up on Tuesday to discuss conditions with his counterparts in London and Berlin and with European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet in Frankfurt.
“You see some of the challenges in Europe now. But I think we are in a much stronger position to manage those challenges,” said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

My Comments:
What we have to make out from this is anybody's GUESS...........All I can comment here is those who will sell and remain in CASH may repent later...or have to getin at higher rate.....
This is my view and I may prove wrong...

1 comment:

  1. Guys, my simple view is that we will go through a 2nd dip recession in the US. The housing market is back to the softness after the $8K and $6.5K credit ended. Houses in my area are not selling like hot cakes as they did in Mar and Apr.

    Geithner can say what he wants, it is just a wish and a plan. What cannot be stopped is the 2nd dip recession since the banks are TOO TIGHT with money. I went through a mortgage and with a solid FICO score, a great cash/debt ratio, good steady income, these guys were doubting me like I am going to steal their money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to write documents after documents, for every little thing they saw that was not upto their standards. And, these are the same things they were ignoring 2-3-4-5-6-7 years ago!!!!!!!!! So, if someone has one big blemish/short-coming, that person can forget getting a loan.

    Therefore, my view is a 2nd dip. Plan on it. Act as if it is coming, and you will be vigilent about it.