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Fitch Puts EU Rescue Fund on Watch for Possible Downgrade

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:28 PM

Fitch ratings agency on Wednesday put the EU's 500-billion-euro bailout fund on review for a possible downgrade, triggered by concerns over France's battle to tame a ballooning budget deficit.

The agency said in a statement that it had placed a "rating watch negative" on the "AAA" score of the European Stability Mechanism — a $650-billon fund set up during the eurozone crisis to bail out troubled countries and their banks.

The move comes a day after Fitch placed a rating watch negative on France's 'AA+' score.

A downgrade of France, the eurozone's second-largest economy and a key contributor to the ESM, would call into question the creditworthiness of the bailout fund, Fitch said.

France is battling through a deep economic crisis, with zero growth in the previous two quarters and sky-high unemployment.

Paris announced last month that next year's budget deficit — the shortfall between revenue and spending — will hit 4.3 percent of annual economic output, well above the 3.0-percent ceiling set by the European Union for member states.

Fitch also placed the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) on rating watch negative. The EFSF, rated "AA+", was created as a temporary mechanism and no longer gives out fresh loans.

"Fitch anticipates any downgrade of France would be limited to one notch; hence, the impact on ESM... and EFSF's debt issues would be of the same magnitude," it said.

 

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Fitch ratings agency on Wednesday put the EU's 500-billion-euro bailout fund on review for a possible downgrade, triggered by concerns over France's battle to tame a ballooning budget deficit.
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2014-28-15
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:28 PM
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