Blokland’s daily sketch

Blokland’s daily sketch


Are sovereign defaults a big deal?

  • Jeroen Blokland
    Portfolio Manager

Sovereign default is nothing special. At least that should be the conclusion of the table constructed by The Economist on external sovereign defaults. Some countries tend to default more often than others, so the surprise effect of a Venezuela or Argentina default, for example, is probably limited. However, others like Brazil and Turkey also know what it is to default, although it has been a while. According to Investopedia there are a number of countries that have never defaulted, these include Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and England.

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