On the brink of a global credit crunch

As European bank lending is increasingly constricted by two major, unavoidable forces, the ripples will be felt in lending markets around the world.

It is now apparent that we are facing the likelihood of a major global credit squeeze, which will hit Europe harder than any other region. But its effects will be felt around the globe, including in Australia. In times of credit squeezes, asset values are put under pressure. To some extent global share and commodity markets are beginning to adjust for the looming squeeze. Other assets, like property, may follow if the squeeze intensifies.

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