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Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto

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February’16 Financial & Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    12 February 2016    0

Jittery January Markets - Does the ECB have Contingency Plans? The ECB must be aware that investors’ confidence in stock markets, particularly bank shares, dropped in January. If contingency plans exist, they are likely to fall short of purchasing non-performing loans. The media consensus in (...)


March’16 Financial & Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    11 March 2016    0

Central Banking Bank share prices recover after further falls early February. However, credibility of ECB increasingly questioned as it considers further expansionary policies. Fears of a renewed banking crisis, which had seemed a possibility in January, abated in February. By March 7th, (...)


April’16 Financial & Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    15 April 2016    0

Central Banking The European Commission accepts that EU law requires accounts to provide a “true and fair view” of assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss as specific indicators of financial health of companies, including banks. That is something that that IFRS accounting (...)


May’16 Financial & Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    9 May 2016    0

Central Banking – Embracing the Blockchain In a recent speech, Bank of England deputy governor Ben Broadbent opined that the key innovation underlying Bitcoin is not the unit of account itself but blockchain – the digital settlement ledger in which all transactions are recorded chronologically (...)


June’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    11 June 2016    0

Central Banking Brexit Fervour Underscores the Weakness of Economic Forecasting. Increasingly Outlandish Economic Arguments on Both Sides of the Brexit Debate. The Bank of England’s intervention is questionable. As apolitical neutral observers, your authors seek to draw attention to (...)


July’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    10 July 2016    0

Post Brexit, Sterling weakens. Brexit will retest Central Banks’ Firepower. Will Scotland’s Resurgent Independence Campaign Want to Keep the Pound? The reaction of financial markets to the Brexit vote was well covered by the press. After initial sharp falls, stock markets throughout the (...)


September’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    13 September 2016    0

The absence of structural reforms brings the effectiveness of ECB policy increasingly into question. The Financial Stability Board claims that banking reform is largely complete. Despite a quiet summer, there is plenty of evidence that it isn’t. Central Banking Policymakers are concerned (...)


November’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    7 November 2016    0

The European Banking Can Nears the End of the Road “The key thing to know about Lehman Brothers is that it did not cause the financial crisis, it revealed the financial crisis” Central Banking The Credibility of Central Banks is Irreparably Damaged. Critics of Policy Grow as More Evidence (...)


December’16 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    11 December 2016    0

The Eventual Impact of Rising Bond Yields. Further Cracks Appearing in the ‘Global Consensus’ of Bank Supervision. Central Banking Global Bond Market Yields are Rising The ECB’s recently announced 6 month extension of its QE programme reminds us that the speed at which the programme will (...)


January’17 Financial and Banking Features Newsletter

by Gordon Kerr, John Butler, with Enrico Colombatto    17 January 2017    0

Central Banks Pray for Electoral “Shocks”. Forced to Nationalise Monte dei Paschi, Italy Looks in Trouble, but Cleverly Plays its Sicilian Defence. Central Banking How will Central Banks cope with 2017 shocks? Perhaps new rules, one-off solutions, doubtless lots more QE. Populism will (...)


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