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June’13 Newsletter: New Members Join The European Union, While Bail-Outs And Banking Regulation Are Questioned

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd    17 June 2013    0

Welcome to the clubs! Why should they join? The crisis is not over and doubts about the virtues of the EU and the euro abound. It may therefore seem surprising that not only are more countries seeking to join the EU, but also that some are joining the currency union. Croatia accedes on July 1 (...)

September’13 Newsletter: Have We Really Turned The Corner?

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd    10 September 2013    0

In the two months since we last reported, the media has focussed on the rebound in the EU area, where in the second quarter GDP grew at an annualised rate of 1.1%. The atmosphere has been optimistic, so optimistic, that even the Aug 20 confirmation by Germany’s Finance Minister Schaueble that (...)

October’14 Newsletter: National Debts Reappear, Old Issues Remain Unsolved

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd    15 October 2013    0

Something is rotten in the European Union! It looks like a hide and seek game, where countries and banks are playing a very dangerous game for the citizens’ future. Thus, between political instabilities, stealthy defaults, unhealthy and reckless banks and a real estate market that is (...)

November’14 Newsletter: The 2014 Agenda

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd    20 November 2013    0

More taxation, more banking supervision, more bail-in than bail-out, more banking malpractice... This month newsletter summarizes the trends that are leading the banking world. Is Low Inflation The Main Problem? Consumer prices have risen by only 0.7% over twelve months in Europe. This (...)

December’13 Newsletter: Growth Is Fragile, But Banks Might Be In Better Shape

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd    13 December 2013    0

GDP in the EU area seems to be growing, but at a very slow pace. Although financial market remain sanguine, the real estate sector presents a mixed picture, with bad news coming from heavily indebted countries. While waiting for better news, the authorities are devoting their attention to the (...)

January’14: Confidence Rises and Inflation Stays Low. Is Everything Under Control?

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd    15 January 2014    0

The statistics tell us that recession is over. Yet, while this has triggered tapering in the USA, it has also prompted a new of ECB promises to keep interest rates low. In the meantime, EU authorities do not seem how to deal with the world of banking, which is far weaker than meets the eye. (...)

March’14 Newsletter: A Questionable Recovery

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, John Butler    17 March 2014    0

The quality of the recovery remains questionable. In the meanwhile, banks must deal with new regulation and investors look for higher yields. Money: too cheap for the Ukraine, never cheap enough for the West. Ukraine’s economic woes are connected to the Euro-American cheap money policy more (...)

April ’14 Newsletter: Is the Recovery Sustainable?

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, John Butler    15 April 2014    0

Recovery has started, according to some data. Is it sustainable? Or is it based on asset prices inflated by easy monetary policies? Inside this newsletter: * Bond markets and the real economy * Central Banking – The Illusion of Tapering * The Return of Bubbles? Bond markets and the real (...)

May’14 Newsletter: Three clear questions with unclear answers

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, John Butler    16 May 2014    0

Three fundamental questions have emerged, but clear answers still have not: Free floating for the hryvnia? New bureaucrats in Brussels? New rules for high-frequency trading? Ukraine’s IMF Bailout Too many policymakers seem more concerned with the Ukrainian currency than with the (...)

June ’14 Newsletter

by Enrico Colombatto, Gordon Kerr, John Butler    19 June 2014    0

Central Banking Confidence in the ECB wobbles as commentators on all sides question the effectiveness of supposedly growth stimulating new policies. Markets and Investment At least two big takeover deals are being negotiated in Europe now, both with heavy government involvement. The (...)

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