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TROUBLE: International trade seizing up due to banking crisis

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By way of background, letters of credit of various sorts are essential for trade. For instance, imagine the difficulty if you are, say, a Chinese manufacturer who wants to sell his wares to buyers overseas. How can he be sure the goods he ships will ever be paid for? Imagine the considerable difficulty and cost of chasing a deadbeat in a foreign country. Letters of credit. issued by banks, assure payment. They can also serve to finance the shipment (ie, fund the inventory while it is in transit).

Not only are banks now leery of lending to each other for much longer than overnight, they are also starting to refuse to honor letters of credit from other banks.

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http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2008/10/international-trade-s...

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How long before that grain that's piling up starts to rot?

One scary article.

Then if that grain can't be shipped, why buy more? The farmer can't sell his grain, why plant it?

etc. etc. etc.

Danke, Soule

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