Ireland remains especially exposed to another financial shock because of the extremely high levels of public and private debt, the open nature of the economy, and Brexit, Irish Central Bank Governor Philip Lane has warned in a pre-budget letter to Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.
“Ireland is especially exposed due to the legacy of high public and private debt levels, the sensitivity of small, highly-open economies to international shocks and Brexit-related vulnerabilities,” Ireland’s Central Bank Governor said.
The letter was covered in the Irish Independent, Irish Times and Irish Examiner. This is something we covered in our interview with Max Keiser last week – see here.
Geopolitical risk remains very high. ‘Brexit’ has created a whole new set of risks to Ireland, the UK and the Eurozone itself. The Middle East remains a powder keg and tensions with Russia remain very real. There is the real risk of conflict and the consequent effect on oil prices, global markets and the global economy.
The governor’s warnings come in the wake of similar warnings from the former deputy governor of the Central Bank who warned in an op-ed in a leading international financial publication, Project Syndicate, that Ireland is at risk of another housing market crash.
These risks are set to impact savers and investors in the coming years. Ignoring them and pretending they have no financial implications for people’s personal finances is imprudent.
Full article: Ireland “Especially Exposed” To “International Shocks” Warns Central Bank (GoldCore)