Investors hope they don't get another disappointment from the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting today (Thursday) like the one the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered yesterday.
After the Fed said that the economy has slowed and unemployment remains elevated, but then took no action, investors turned to ECB President Mario Draghi to rescue the euro.
Yet, many economists think the Eurozone cannot be saved.
The Eurozone debt crisis has reached a point where further bailouts will only highlight their inadequacy to solve the problem. But, the countries involved in the crisis have come to the point where they expect further stimulus and will panic if none is given.
We have already seen riots in Spain where the unemployment rate is a Eurozone high of 24.8%, and it's not the only country facing serious unemployment issues. Behind Spain's depressingly high rate is Greece at 22.6%, Portugal at 15.4%, Ireland at 14.8% and France and Italy both with a 10.2% unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate for the Eurozone reached an all-time high of 11.2% in June. The latest numbers show unemployment increased by 123,000 to a total of 17.8 million. That is 40% higher than the 12.7 million unemployed in the U.S. as of the June jobs report.
The youth unemployment rate in Spain and Greece has topped 50% and this adds even more pressure for ECB president Mario Draghi to back up his emphatic statement that "the ECB is ready to do what it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough."
Unfortunately it will not be enough and if anything it will just make matters worse when Greece eventually exits the euro and it begins to collapse.