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Bloomberg to Host Sovereign Debt Conference in New York

January 9, 2012

New York — As governments of the world’s leading economies have
more than $7.6 trillion of debt maturing this year, according to
data compiled by Bloomberg, the Bloomberg LINK Sovereign Debt
Conference will gather policy leaders, top economists, fund
managers, and influential institutional investors to discuss the
outlook for global markets in 2012. This comes after a year in
which Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S.’s rating to AA+ from AAA
and put 15 European nations on notice for possible downgrades,
heating up the competition to find buyers.

Speakers at the Conference, which will take place at the New
Museum on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, will focus on where the U.S.
stands in terms of its debt, the potential impact of the
European financial crisis on global markets, and investing
opportunities in emerging economies. The Conference will also
feature a one-on-one interview with José Manuel González-Páramo,
a member of the European Central Bank’s Executive Board.

“With concern that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis will worsen in
2012, the Conference will provide a forum for experts to debate
the year ahead,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK.
“Officials and investors, who are close to the issues at hand,
will provide insight on not only the future for global markets,
but where investors can find new opportunities.”

Participants will also compare budget cutting, bailouts and
bankruptcy in a debate as to how the U.S. should manage its
federal debt and weigh the possibility of the crisis in Europe
spreading to other economies.

Key speakers include:

-Julian Callow, Managing Director, Head of International
Economics, and Co-Head of European Economics, Barclays Capital

-John B. Chambers, Chairman, Sovereign Rating Committee,
Standard & Poor’s

-Lucinda Creighton, T.D., Minister of State for European Affairs,
Republic of Ireland

-Steve Hanke, Economics Professor, Johns Hopkins University

-Michael Hasenstab, Portfolio Manager, Franklin Templeton Fixed
Income Group

-Michael Horgan, Deputy Minister of Finance, Canada

-José Manuel González-Páramo, Member of the Executive Board,
European Central Bank (ECB)

-Jim Millstein, Former Chief Restructuring Officer, U.S.
Department of the Treasury

-Peter R. Orszag, Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup, Inc.

-Barry Topf, Special Advisor to the Governor, Bank of Israel

-David M. Walker, Founder, President and CEO, Comeback America
Initiative; Former Comptroller General of the United States

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