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Is the risk free asset an outdated concept?

Guy Fraser Sampson discusses the US debt crisis.

In this week's Cass Talks private equity expert Guy Fraser Sampson, visiting lecturer at Cass, discusses the US debt crisis and the reasons why countries amass such huge debts.

Exploring the various options open to debt-ridden sovereignties, Mr Fraser- Sampson suggests that the current crises in global markets could threaten fundamental financial concepts in financial theory.

"It is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no such thing as a risk free rate of return, in fact I was an investment conference recently when I heard a UST (United States Treasury) bill referred to as a return free risk."

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