If Greece Fails, is Portugal Next?
Greek government bond yields have surged to over 16% in recent days. If Germany doesn’t step into to save the Greeks, a default is not out of the question. But the larger problems for Europe are the risk of contagion. Bond yields on other overly indebted euro-area countries are now surging. Portugal is the market’s next target. Yields on short government debt have surged 230 basis points in a matter of weeks.