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      ECB quantitative easing drives confidence for now

      The launch of eurozone “quantitative easing” less than four weeks ago was a remarkable moment in financial history. Not only...

    2. FT Alphaville

      March 31, 2015

      Eurozone: welcome to your currency board future

      Citi’s Chief Economist Willem Buiter spent some time with FT Alphaville explaining why he believes Draghi’s concession on...

    1. March 9, 2015

      Quantitative easing pushes the bond markets out of sync

      Germany’s powerful Bundesbank fiercely opposed European Central Bank quantitative easing. But it showed no lack of keenness...

    2. The Exchange

      March 5, 2015

      Deflation poses central banks with an existential problem

      In the 1970s, even the best-performing, most credible central banks struggled to tame inflation. Today, even the...

    3. February 27, 2015

      We expect too much of the new masters of the universe

      For City bankers who once thought of themselves as masters of the universe, these have been bruising years. Financial...

    4. February 11, 2015

      ECB breathes sigh of relief over quantitative easing

      On the eve of its historic decision to launch a quantitative easing programme last month, the European Central Bank faced a...

    5. January 29, 2015

      Oil’s fall pushes Germany into deflation

      Germany has become the latest eurozone member state to slump into deflation, with the first fall in prices since the autumn...

    6. January 27, 2015

      Germany should recall its time in Europe’s sick bay

      Not all Germans believe in God,” said Jacques Delors, former European Commission president, “but they all believe in the...

    7. Gavyn Davies

      January 23, 2015

      Mr Draghi finally delivers

      And then there were none. On Thursday, the European Central Bank became the last of the major central banks to announce a...

    8. January 21, 2015

      Axel Weber questions euro’s future without reforms

      The former head of the Bundesbank has cast doubt on the future viability of the euro if countries do not follow Germany in...

    9. FT Alphaville

      January 21, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Will Should the ECB load up on euro denominated equities? - When central bank losses matter. - QE...

    10. FT Alphaville

      January 20, 2015

      Deflaters gonna reflate

      Ahead of the European Central Bank’s possible announcement of quantitative easing in Europe on Thursday, a quick thanks to...

    11. January 18, 2015

      The eurozone: A strained bond

      In his tumultuous time as president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi has always been able to rely on the...

    12. January 18, 2015

      Eurozone QE set to arrive, but with conditions

      The European Central Bank will this week set out plans for an ambitious programme of sovereign bond buying, as the bank...

    13. Gavyn Davies

      January 18, 2015

      The Swiss currency bombshell - cause and effect

      The completely unexpected decision of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to remove the 1.20 floor on the Swiss franc against the...

    14. Gavyn Davies

      January 7, 2015

      A critical few weeks for the eurozone

      The markets are waking up to the fact that the euro area faces a critical few weeks in which its economic path for 2015, and...

    15. December 22, 2014

      Draghi must choose right type of QE

      The European Central Bank’s last meeting yet again focused minds on the debate over quantitative easing in the euro area....

    16. December 16, 2014

      Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann steps up criticism of QE

      com">Jens Weidmann, the hawkish president of Germany’s Bundesbank, has stepped up his calls for the European Central Bank to...

    17. December 12, 2014

      Karl Otto Pöhl, former Bundesbank president, 1929-2014

      When in the late 1970s Karl Otto Pöhl swapped a job at the heart of West Germany’s government for a senior position at the...

    18. December 10, 2014

      Karl Otto Pöhl, former Bundesbank chief, dies at 85

      Karl Otto Pöhl, the president of Germany’s Bundesbank at the time of the country’s reunification, has died on Tuesday. He...

    19. December 5, 2014

      Bundesbank slashes German growth forecast for next year

      The Bundesbank has halved its forecast for German growth next year to 1 per cent, a move that will exacerbate concerns the...

    20. November 28, 2014

      Draghi needs support on QE in the eurozone

      When Mario Draghi announced two years ago he would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro, he must have known that some of...

    21. Gavyn Davies

      November 26, 2014

      Fault lines within the ECB

      The simmering row between the European Central Bank president Mario Draghi and the German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann...

    22. November 25, 2014

      Bundesbank warns corporate debt becoming overpriced

      Germany’s central bank has warned that corporate debt is becoming overpriced and threatens the financial stability of...

    23. November 24, 2014

      ECB in a quandary on asset purchase programmes

      Switzerland votes on Sunday on whether to force its central bank to more than double its gold holding to a fifth of...

    24. October 26, 2014

      German banks surprise after stress tests

      German lenders raised eyebrows among analysts and officials yesterday when they emerged among the surprise winners of the...

    25. October 17, 2014

      Bundesbank hits back at calls for stimulus

      Germany’s top central banker has rejected calls for the eurozone’s largest economy to raid its fiscal coffers to fund an...

    26. October 15, 2014

      After QE: Taking off the stabilisers

      In the six years since Lehman Brothers collapsed, global financial markets have held to one certainty: central banks were...

    27. Gavyn Davies

      October 12, 2014

      It's the "new mediocre", not a global recession

      Financial markets caught a nasty chill last week, when extremely weak activity data from Germany coincided with fears that...

    28. Gavyn Davies

      October 10, 2014

      It's Draghi versus Weidmann on ECB QE

        © CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images Last week’s press conference by ECB President Mario Draghi left the markets disappointed...

    29. October 2, 2014

      Germany is no EU ‘odd man out’ despite stance on fiscal rigour

      A solemn tweet from Germany’s finance ministry accompanied the presentation of the 2015 budget to parliament last month by...

    30. September 11, 2014

      Mario Draghi hits back at critics of asset-backed securities plan

      Mario Draghi has hit back at critics of his plan to revive the eurozone’s recovery by buying hundreds of billions of euros...

    31. Gavyn Davies

      September 4, 2014

      So is this (finally) QE from the ECB?

      The Governing Council of the ECB has announced an important package of new measures, including cuts of around 0.1 per cent...

    32. Gavyn Davies

      September 2, 2014

      Draghi's incursion into fiscal policy

        © Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Mario Draghi’s remarkable speech at Jackson Hole has raised expectations that ECB purchases of...

    33. FT Alphaville

      September 1, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - “If Blair was Teflon man, Brown was Bostik man.” - The ECB and the Bundesbank. - An Olivier Blanchard...

    34. August 22, 2014

      Draghi softens tone on austerity

      Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, has signalled he is becoming increasingly concerned about high...

    35. FT Alphaville

      August 22, 2014

      Deutsch-Rückhalte and le malaise français

      With a hat-tip to our friends at CreditSights, check out the starkly different paths of household indebtedness in France and...

    36. August 13, 2014

      ECB would, for now, prefer to do nothing

      Spring was meant to be the season when the climate of the eurozone’s recovery became sunnier. Instead, as the days...

    37. August 3, 2014

      A desperate Bundesbank has abandoned principle

      When Germany’s conservative central bank calls for wages to rise faster than in the past, you know that something has gone...

    38. July 23, 2014

      Bundesbank chief urges UK to stay in EU

      The head of Germany’s central bank has invoked the ghost of Winston Churchill to urge Britain to stay in the EU, before a...

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