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Fed Decision – A Minority Report

The analogy sort of fits; and what put me in mind of it was the news this week that the FBI has commenced a project to create a hi-tech facial recognition database. We of course, are concerned about a different … Continue reading

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ECB Floats Yield Target Idea; U-Boats Launched

Late this morning the markets seem to have sobered up a bit following earlier barely fettered optimism about a Der Spiegel article over the weekend. It said: “The European Central Bank is considering setting limits on yields of euro area sovereign … Continue reading

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ECB Bullets To Shoot Down High Hopes [Sorry]

The views below are based on my soundings, readings and common sense. Responsibility my own: ESM banking licence: crisis would need to deteriorate significantly (threaten the core) before such a politically contentious and legally complex policy change is considered. Bear … Continue reading

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Negative Benchmark Omens – How Imminent is the Doom For Yields?

Discussion of whether [or when] there is likely to be a collapse in ‘core’ government debt prices appears to be increasing. One example Specifically in Europe, the question of when Bunds in general [and perhaps the Euro Bund Future contract … Continue reading

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UK ‘Back in Technical Recession’ – Views From The Mile

Overall, yes, today’s ‘Flash’ UK GDP figures aren’t pretty.    But in perspective, the result is generally being taken to indicate a far less dire state of play for the UK’s economic state and performance than the headlines [data and … Continue reading

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LTROverdose Vs LTROver*

Part I Pre-load: Critical series of posts about LTRO Facts, figures, a few fatuous opinions and a bit of fun Part I touches on LTROs we’ve had so far and their apparent effects Another indecisive session for equity markets, albeit … Continue reading

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Staying Sharp At The Summit

Personally, I’m making an effort to remain alert as we go into the 2 millionth Summit [slight exaggeration] to discuss the euro-zone crisis. No matter how monotonous this newsflow has become though, it can still spring surprises – including for … Continue reading

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ECB Will Still=’Extremely Cautious Behemoth’ In January

At this point, the ECB seems unlikely to produce any material changes in policy with its announcements on Thursday. ======================================================== T&C reminders: please see disclaimer at head of this blog. please note the peculiarities of my discursive style: I try … Continue reading

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What’s Worrying Bernanke?

Fed Chairman Bernanke gave a curious and worrying signal in his appearance yesterday before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. He said, in the Q&A session that followed his testimony, that the recovery was ‘close to faltering.’ This subtly contradicted … Continue reading

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Why More From Operation [Oliver] Twist May Not Be Enough

http://youtu.be/sZrgxHvNNUc The problem is, ‘more’ has been given, and yet ‘more’ still, and it has not proved to be enough, for markets or the real economy. What you will not find this afternoon, is an economist or anyone attentive and … Continue reading

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