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The dangers of preferential treatment for sovereign debt
Under current rules, eurozone countries’ bonds are classified as “zero-risk,” meaning banks are not required to hold any capital against such assets. The system creates a perverse incentive for banks to stock up on sovereign debt, creating a toxic mix – but what can be done? Putting risk assessments on government bonds could destabilize some countries’ economies. Not doing so risks another financial crisis.