Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues

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Financial and Banking Newsletter

Our Outlook for 2018

Our Outlook for 2018

Interest Rates To Stay Low. The Consensus View is that Europe’s Banks are Recovering but we are Not So Sure.

Bitcoin: A fool's Bubble or the Libertarian's Anti-Establishment Currency Dream?

Bitcoin: A fool’s Bubble or the Libertarian’s Anti-Establishment Currency Dream?


The Search for a New Risk-Free Rate

The Search for a New Risk-Free Rate

Merkel wins her fourth term in Germany; will this help drive banking union or will nationalist political parties manage to oppose it?

Merkel wins her fourth term in Germany; will this help drive banking union or will nationalist political parties manage to oppose it?


Ten Years from the onset of the Great Financial Crisis. What has been reformed?

Ten Years from the onset of the Great Financial Crisis. What has been reformed?

European Safe Bonds – Can Europe's problems be Saved by Clever Financial Engineering?

European Safe Bonds – Can Europe’s problems be Saved by Clever Financial Engineering?


Latest publications

By Bailing out unimportant banks Italy has undermined Banking Union

By Bailing out unimportant banks Italy has undermined Banking UnionThe contrast between the actions of the Spanish and Italian governments in the past two months could hardly be more marked. As we reported in June, the Madrid government allowed the relevant European authority – the Single Resolution Board – to apply the bail-in rules to failed Banco Popular. (...)

Large Spanish Bank Failures Raise Investor Fears over Bail-Ins; whilst Pressure Grows in Italy over Monte Dei Paschi

Large Spanish Bank Failures Raise Investor Fears over Bail-Ins; whilst Pressure Grows in Italy over Monte Dei PaschiBail-ins Expected after Banco Popular fails in Spain. Chewing gum accounting
Just as elections of political leaders have become difficult to predict, it is becoming harder to guess which of Europe’s beleaguered banks will be bailed out and rescued, or allowed to fail thus exposing creditors (...)

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