Risk South Africa rankings 2011

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Newton's cradle demonstrates how energy travels through a row of touching metal spheres. Once the end ball is lifted and released, the energy of its impact travels through the row, kicking the last one away. A similar dynamic can be witnessed in the current financial crisis, with subprime mortgage defaults translating into structured credit defaults, then bank collapses, sovereign bailouts and – over the last 18 months – fears about the sovereigns themselves.

The spread of the crisis can also be

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