US Financial Crisis: Iceland's Unintended Consequences


Code : ECC0009

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Industry : Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

Region : US,Iceland

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US Crisis: Impact on Iceland's Financial System In early 2000s, during the US subprime market boom, the financial system of Iceland bulged by taking loans heavily from across the globe. Attracted to the high interest rates, Icelandic businesses and individuals borrowed abroad on cheaper interest rates and deposited in their home country. Speculators and borrowers made superior...

Iceland on Brink of National Bankruptcy: A Result of Crossing Limits? The whole banking structure of Iceland was constructed on a trembling base of foreign debt. The major banks of the nation, Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir bank, which have combined assets of 14.4 trillion ISK (or about $128 billion)6 were in danger. Top banks of Iceland hold foreign liabilities in excess of $100 billion. The banking debt amounted to £35 billion and the country's banks were facing escalating credit defaults (Exhibit V). Topping all this was the capital outflow and subsequent reduction in currency value. These factors culminated in strangling the banks for credit and thereby capital inflow to the country...

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