The bearish case has just gotten another notable supporter in the face of George Soros, who during his remarks at a conference in Vienna, said that the “we have only just entered Act II” of the global financial crisis.
Billionaire investor George Soros said “we have just entered Act II” of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen.
“The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,” Soros said today at a conference in Vienna. “Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.”
Concern that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis may spread sent the euro to a four-year low against the dollar on June 7 and has wiped out more than $4 trillion from global stock markets this year. Europe’s debt-ridden nations have to raise almost 2 trillion euros ($2.4 trillion) within the next three years to refinance maturing bonds and fund deficits, according to Bank of America Corp.
“When the financial markets started losing confidence in the credibility of sovereign debt, Greece and the euro have taken center stage, but the effects are liable to be felt worldwide,” Soros said.
One wonders if Soros, who made a name for himself originally in the currency markets, is involved in the current record FX volatility. Of course, with animosity toward “speculators” at unprecedented levels, it probably would not be very prudent of anyone to disclose they are now taking on Central Banks directly.