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Debt in 2012

Updated Wednesday 11th January 2012

Find out more about debt in 2012 at an international level and a household level with these articles

As 2012 opens, debt is very much on everyone’s mind, whether you're a developing nation, Eurozone country, the UK government, an international bank, a small business or a household. Global events that started to unfold - some would say unravel - in 2008 have shown that everyone’s debt is everyone else’s business. The smallest household, regardless of whether it's a borrower itself, is not immune from national and international events when the debt realities come home to roost.

Read the articles below to discover more about wiping the slate clean in international debt and how decisions at this level can affect households.


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