The GFC on television – Links

Meltdown: A spectacular series on the GFC – of course not US-made, actually a Canadian production and aired on Al Jazeera.

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/meltdown/

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/meltdown/2011/09/201191713542357406.html

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/meltdown/2011/09/201191714104876434.html

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/meltdown/2011/09/2011917141938887360.html

To be fair, should be viewed having first watched Frontline’s The Warning (which is American-made but of course PBS).

http://video.pbs.org/video/1302794657/


Links for Greek debt crisis (updated)

The following links may be useful in keeping track of developments and understanding issues arising.

  1. An essential resource is the financial information portal, capital.gr, a daily online newswire service available in both Greek and English.
  2. Also well worth following is the Greek and English language blog created by Aristides Hatzis of Athens University, Greekcrisis.net.
  3. The FT’s Alphaville blog is also a vital source of information.
  4. For anyone exploring legal aspects of the crisis and the issue of sovereign default the writings of American lawyer Lee Buchheit of New York law firm Cleary Gottleib on aspects of the issue in general and also specifically the Greek case are absolute must-reads. These include

Drafting a Model Collective Action Clause for Eurozone Sovereign Bonds (with G Mitu Gulati);

Greek Debt – The Endgame Scenarios (with G Mitu Gulati);

How to restructure Greek Debt (with G Mitu Gulati);

Sovereign Bonds and the Collective Will (with G Mitu Gulati);

The Pari Pasu Covenant in Sovereign Debt Instruments (with Jeremiah Pam); and

The Dilema of Odious Debt ( with G Mitu Gulati and Robert B Thompson).

The July 21 second bailout agreed by eurozone leaders worth €109 billion ($155 billion) included the use of voluntary private-sector involvement (PSI) in a debt swap that would extend maturities on existing debt. Banks and other private investors are expected to contribute €135 billion to the bailout. The Greek government gave bondholders until September 9 to say whether they intended to take up its debt exchange offer which foresees an average 21 percent haircut on portfolios. It also indicated on 26 August that it might not proceed with the swap if it did not get at least a 90 percent uptake: a development revealed by Reuters in a good old-fashioned scoop. The 9th of September has of course come and long gone with no news on uptake – but plenty of reporting of slowness of joining in the scheme.

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