From Russia: Second Wave of Financial Crises or Not?


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Hello,Windows to Russia!

Lets talk a moment over a cup of coffee about the financial crises in Russia:

It seems that all the press has picked up on is a statement by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin saying that “A second wave of the financial downturn was expected in connection with debt repayment problems faced by the real sector.”

Deputy Economy Minister Andrei Klepach said his ministry had a different way to express the issue. At almost the same time, Klepach said. “We do not expect a second wave of the downturn. There is a risk of a second negative wave due to the shrinking domestic demand and the lack of loans, but there is also a chance to avoid that.” Klepach said.

The second statement by Klepach is closer to what Kudrin means. It seems that Kudrin was giving a warning to all that if we ride on our laurels it will be possible to be caught by the next wave of of a possible downturn. Kudrin also said,that the government did a good job and it was a close call as Russia crept to the edge of disaster. But Kudrin is trying to tell Russia that we can not act like all is better yet…

Strange how we are stuck on only a few words of what someone says. Both men acknowledge that a second wave is possible, both men say the government is doing a good job at anti crises, both men say that we are able to avoid a second wave of serious problems.

But only one statement was made front page public and it caused an issue in the stock market. It is all in how you say it, or better yet, it is all in how you don’t say it!

So lets do what both men have said and work hard to not have a second wave of financial crises…

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.