Category Archives: Euro zone Crisis

Is austerity working in Ireland? Part two

Back on October 6th I discussed whether austerity was working in Ireland or not and it is time I feel to review again where she stands. In the meantime I have seen yet again commentators and the media veer between … Read More

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Eurozone credit crunch eased by ECB lending boost

The ECB’s latest bank lending survey confirms a significant tightening of credit conditions but forward-looking components are marginally less grim, probably reflecting the ECB’s three-year lending operation. The net percentage of banks tightening credit standards on business loans rose to … Read More

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The “currency twins” are telling us that there is currency flight from the Euro

As yet another Euro zone summit makes its way into the distance like a shower on a hot summers day we are left with quite a few ongoing problems. I have reported on various occasions that the Greek debt haircut … Read More

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Will the European Central Bank in effect be bankrupt and does it matter? In other words who pays…..?

Late on Friday evening we saw the continuation of a theme which is becoming more and more familiar. This involves Euro zone government bond markets improving with prices rising and yields falling. Examples of this on Friday, involved the Italian … Read More

Posted in Banks, Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Greek Financial Crisis, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures | 34 Comments

More evidence emerges that Spain and Portugal may bypass recession and go straight to depression

One of the themes of this blog has been concern over the economic situation in the Iberian peninsula where both Spain and Portugal have serious problems to address. This is not as clear-cut as you might think as whilst the … Read More

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The United States Federal Reserve has QE3 (more monetary easing) ready on the slipway

Last Friday I offered the opinion that I expected the US central bank to ease policy further in 2012. At the end of the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) Meeting and these days also after the press conference you might after … Read More

Posted in Banks, Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Greek Financial Crisis, Interest rates, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, The US Economy, Yield | 20 Comments

UK GDP is performing poorly as a consequence of the wrong economic policy being pursued

Today I wish to look at the UK and its current economic policy and in doing so I think I can slay or at least address some of the dragons of the mainstream media. Let me address one via pointing out … Read More

Posted in Banking Reform, Euro zone Crisis, GDP, Inflation, Interest rates, Japan's Economic Situation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | 16 Comments

Why Greece has a one-year bond yield some 425% above that of Germany.Currency Union anyone?

Today has opened with news which hits on a very familiar theme and it is one of the main consequences of the falwer nature of the Euro project. One may call it lack of competitiveness in Southern Europe or you … Read More

Posted in Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Gilts, Greek Financial Crisis, Interest rates, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues, Yield | 25 Comments

Switzerland may be about to face the currency demons of her past and much of Europe will face them with her

Later this week many of the world’s leaders and economists will decamp to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economics Forum. It strikes me as rather odd that a group which spend much of their time warning about global warming are … Read More

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The International Monetary Fund has been perverted by politicians and should go back to its old role

Yesterday saw some potential developments in the role of the International Monetary Fund, or perhaps I should say the size of its role. This was triggered by a press release from the Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde which … Read More

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