Tag Archives: Euro zone

The Bankia Signal

Another Friday, another wait for economic news out of Spain. The results of the second part of an audit of Spain’s banks  – started in May and with particular reference to their funding needs – is likely to be released … 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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Spain: the Pain the Bailout Forgot

EU leaders hailed it. Merkel & Co. gave their blessing to it. UK leaders nodded in mild approval to it. The IMF applauded it [from the sidelines.] And markets, of course, ‘sold’ it. It’s not that frequent for the political … 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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Real Greek Risk & Fake Cassandras

 Meze JPMorgan still warning portentously of Greece’s ‘Ides of March’ As for the rest of us, we’re almost ‘over it’ already, though no one thinks a default will be an easy option JPMorgan has published a portentous note this morning. It’s … 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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