Iceland is living up to its reputation as a land of fire and ice. Burnt fingers and cold shouldering are risks for bondholders in Icelandair. The ratio of debt to earnings has risen, and with it the risk of default on more than $200m of borrowings. With the flow of tourists that powered the airline’s growth slowing down, it is time for Iceland’s oldest airline to scale back its ambitions, the Financial Times reported. What apter way to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis than with debt restructuring talks? Three Icelandic banks collapsed back then.
The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy threw the United States into an epoch-defining financial storm. Imagine 300 of them going bust at once. That, in relative terms, is what Iceland endured a decade ago during its banking crisis, which on this rugged island steeped in myths of gods and giants is now known as "hrunid" — the collapse.