Portugal Aims to Avoid Second Bailout

Portugal is committed to doing whatever it takes to avoid requesting a second international bailout, the country’s finance minister told CNBC.

Speaking to CNBC over the weekend in Bratislava on the sidelines of a meeting of the euro zone’s finance ministers, Mario Centeno said his main focus was to fix the country’s economy so that it wouldn’t be forced into asking for further assistance from its fellow euro zone countries, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“That’s my main job, what we are putting together a commitment on the fiscal front and a reduction in public expenditure in precisely that way,” he said.

In 2011, Portugal was rescued by a 78 billion euro ($85 billion) bailout from the European Union and IMF, a process that involved swingeing spending cuts and reforms. The country successfully exited the process in 2014 and, at the time, did not need any further financing.

Nonetheless, concerns remain about Portugal’s economic health and its commitment to stimulating its businesses over boosting income levels.

In July, Barclays warned in a note to analysts that Portugal was “struggling with a systemic banking crisis, the lack of a convincing medium-term fiscal plan and excessive public and private sector leverage.”

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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