by Nyree Stewart Magazine: Investment Adviser Published Friday , June 17, 2011
A default by Greece could drive the US back into recession, according to the former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan.
In an interview with Bloomberg Mr Greenspan said the "chances of Greece not defaulting are very small".
His comments came as Greece’s prime minister George Papandreou's failed to win support for more austerity measures to help address its debt problems.
Mr Greenspan told Bloomberg the chances of Greece defaulting are now "so high that you almost have to say there’s no way out," which could put pressure on some US banks.
He argued Greece's debt crisis had the potential to push the US into another recession, as without it the probability of a recession "is quite low".