European, Asian Markets Plunge as Recession Fears Spread Worldwide As stock indexes plunge across Europe and Asia, Britain unveiled plans today to inject up to 50 billion pounds—close to $90 billion—into its biggest retail banks. Recent efforts to bolster world credit markets have failed to stem fears that the spreading financial crisis could lead to a global recession. We go to Rome to speak economist Loretta Napoleoni, author of Rogue Economics: Capitalism’s New Reality.
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Australian market plunges 5pc, dollar crashes
Australian shares closed down 5 per cent amidst global economic panic. The Australian share market plunged 5 per cent today, as the dollar hit a new five-year low. Fear of a global recession has seized markets, with big falls across the major indices overnight. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 5 per cent and today the local All Ordinaries index fell by the same margin. It was down 228.1 points at 4369.8. After hitting a fresh three-year low, the ASX 200 closed 231 points lower at 4,388. CommSec's Savanth Sebastian says there are growing concerns about the ability of emerging economies to withstand the financial crisis. The fact that we saw the Indonesian market fall over 10 per cent and actually close trading for the day really had a significant impact on the rest of Asia," he said.
Australian shares closed down 5 per cent amidst global economic panic.
Associate Pofesor Steven Keen. Steven Keen has come increasingly to prominence over the past couple of years specialising in the economics of Australia's spiralling household debt burden.
PROFESSOR STEVEN KEEN: Best case scenario is a recession more severe than 1990 and lasting one and a half times as long.
Worst case is something up to the level of the Great Depression which was 20 per cent unemployment and lasting up to a decade.
$50b Aussie wipe-out
Australian stocks wiped more than $50 billion off the value of the market today after the US House of Representatives rejected a $US700 billion ($860 billion) plan to rescue the financial system.
Upwardly immobile: mortgage stress bites
Reserve Bank statistics do not begin to tell the real story of housing stress in Sydney's western suburbs, according to financial counsellor Mike Young.
Households give up three years of gains
AUSTRALIAN households have been hit so hard this year that their financial gains of the past three years have been wiped out, a Reserve Bank report has found.