Europe in Crisis

Created to foster unity and economic stability, the euro zone now finds itself at the center of unprecedented financial stress.
For insights into this fast-changing situation and its impact on the financial markets from Legg Mason’s experienced investment managers, see below:


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Poll

Will the current wave of central bank easing jump-start the world's economies?








Poll

Will the current wave of central bank easing jump-start the world's economies?

No - The real issues are structural - real progress on labor reform and regulatory excess will have more impact
(30%)
No - Deflation is already taking hold, making monetary policy changes ineffective
(5%)
Yes - The US model shows that monetary easing can help economies heal in the medium term
(16%)
Yes, but it will take even  longer than it did in the US, and the delay will have a negative political impact
(49%)



Previous month Poll

What would be the best news for markets for the remainder of the year?

Strong US corporate earnings validate US economic expansion
(33%)
Strength in the US dollar convinces the Fed to keep short rates low longer
(9%)
European Central Bank bond buying rekindles growth in European Union countries
(45%)
Growth in China strong enough to leave room for financial system and structural reform
(13%)