Turkey Will Be Ground Zero in the Next Global Debt Crisis

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Turkey is a beautiful country with a rich history including Greek, Roman and Muslim influences that make it one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is literally a bridge between East and West: The mile-long Bosporus Bridge just north of Istanbul connects Europe and Asia across the Bosporus Strait.

Turkey has been a magnet for direct foreign investment from abroad and dollar-denominated loans by international banks to local enterprises. This investment enthusiasm is understandable given Turkey’s well-educated population of 83 million and its rank as the 17th-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of just under $1 trillion. Continue reading

This global economic ‘canary in the coal mine’ hasn’t looked this sick since the Great Recession

South Korea’s exports dropped by a huge 10.9% in dollar terms between May 2014 and May 2015, the biggest annual decline since the depths of the Great Recession in August 2009.

South Korean exports are a huge deal, and several economists view this figure as a global economic “canary in a coal mine.” Continue reading