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Debt with Less Drama: A Conversation with Gillian Tett

May 25, 2011 | New York, NY

As policymakers in advanced economies confront the overhang of excess debt, developments in the unfolding
debt restructuring and liquidation drama episodically threaten to roil financial markets. Meanwhile, emerging
market economies faced with excessive credit expansion and overheating, battle to avoid further indebtedness.
Join us as Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, discusses the challenges of debt and their
implications for the global economy and financial markets.

  • What are the growth implications of the debt overhang?
  • Will any of the advanced economies be able to grow their way out of debt?
  • Even if politicians muster the will, how effective is fiscal austerity likely to be in the EU, and in the U.S.?
  • What alternative, and potentially smoother and less disruptive, routes to debt liquidation might be taken, and what are their macroeconomic and financial market implications?
  • If policymakers do not act, at what stage and under conditions will market discipline most likely kick in?
  • What policies should be pursued in emerging markets to avoid excess credit expansion?
  • Will emerging economies increasingly limit exchange rate fluctuations and rely on capital controls to manage the pressures from capital inflows, the commodity price boom, and advanced economy monetary policy?
Speaker: Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Host:
Sidley Austin LLP
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