- A debt crisis that would threaten the European economy and the Euro currency itself.
- A significant cheapening of the U. S. dollar.
- A disruption in oil supply from Libya caused by a series of uprisings in the Middle East and a corresponding spike in fuel prices.
- An earthquake and tsunami in Japan that would disrupt world trade including components for global auto production.
- Flooding in Southeast Asia that further disrupts the global supply chain.
- An attempt by a U.S. political party to hold a lifting of the country’s debt ceiling resulting in a lowering of the credit rating.
- The bankruptcy of a major legacy U.S. airline.
- Continuing U.S. housing foreclosures and a further decline in home values.
GM recently began paying a dividend on preferred stock while Ford just announced a 5 cent per quarter dividend, its first since 2006.