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    1. December 18, 2014

      European Central Bank to publish account of meetings

      The European Central Bank will reveal some of the details of what is likely to be a heated debate on whether to buy...

    2. FT Alphaville

      December 18, 2014

      The SNB goes negative

      From the SNB, click through for the full thing: Timing is a bit odd no? Worried about all them roubles perhaps?A...

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      The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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    1. December 17, 2014

      Oil price fall offers far more good than bad for Europe

      The negative effects of the sharp fall in the oil price since June have been well aired. As this week has already shown, a...

    2. December 16, 2014

      Drought looms for EU bank bond investors

      The eurozone banking sector has been force-fed cheap finance by Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, since...

    3. 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...

    4. December 15, 2014

      Lower inflation expected as oil drops

      Expectations priced into financial markets about future inflation rates have hit fresh lows on both sides of the Atlantic as...

    5. December 15, 2014

      Investment risks of Europe’s ‘protest’ parties

      When the eurozone debt crisis erupted five years ago, Greece’s woes were the prologue to a much bigger European financial...

    6. December 15, 2014

      Time to leave the German Bund party

      At a time when there is a widespread expectation that the European Central Bank will soon launch its version of...

    7. December 14, 2014

      Central banks lift the veil on more of their secrets

      Central banks used to hide their deliberations from public view more jealously than the papal conclave. Whereas the college...

    8. December 14, 2014

      Divisions weaken the ECB’s hand on quantitative easing

      Fresh splits between the eurozone’s monetary policy makers have brought to the fore the constraints facing Mario Draghi, the...

    9. December 14, 2014

      A topsy-turvy EU world of power, money and politics

      One of the more peculiar characteristics of the EU is an inverse relationship between political power and control over...

    10. December 14, 2014

      Eurozone prospects look better tomorrow than they do today

      The European Central Bank is holding off (for now) on quantitative easing bond purchases, yet it remains on the top of...

    11. December 12, 2014

      The coming Grexit tragedy is really a European farce

      Europe, as in the sovereign and systemic risk playground, is becoming interesting again for US speculators. Thanks to...

    12. December 11, 2014

      Banks tempted with ‘carrot or stick’ plan on packaged loans

      Banks that simplify the bundles of asset-backed loans they sell to investors could be rewarded with lower capital...

    13. December 11, 2014

      ECB fails to woo Europe’s banks

      Neither a borrower nor a lender be, said Shakespeare. Europe’s banks seem to be listening to the counsel of his Polonius,...

    14. December 11, 2014

      ECB to decide what to publish in minutes of governing council

      The European Central Bank is set to decide how much information it will include in the minutes of its governing council...

    15. December 11, 2014

      Eurozone banks: horsing around

      You can lead a horse to water. You can put the water in a tall glass, add ice, a wedge of lemon and a cute little paper...

    16. FT Alphaville

      December 11, 2014

      ECB vs Fed stimulus in two charts

      CreditSights points out today that changes in gross ECB liquidity provided to the euro area’s banking sector closely track...

    17. December 11, 2014

      ECB’s liquidity auction falls short of expectations

      Hopes the European Central Bank will resort to government bond purchases increased on Thursday, after a disappointing...

    18. December 10, 2014

      Athens seen as less of a threat to eurozone

      The announcement of a snap presidential election in Greece prompted the biggest one-day fall in the Athens stock exchange...

    19. December 10, 2014

      Europe’s guardians of monetary orthodoxy need not fear the printing press

      The European Central Bank is sidling towards the printing press. After taking tiptoe steps for more than a year now, in...

    20. Brussels Blog

      December 10, 2014

      Leaked EU summit conclusions: Draghi left hanging?

      The dance had become so routine that we at the Brussels Blog were thinking of giving it a name, the Eurozone Two-Step. Ever...

    21. FT Alphaville

      December 10, 2014

      Keep beholding the (German) Euroglut

      If you don’t you might miss all the capital outflow which, according to Deutsche’s George Saravelos, “not only has...

    22. December 10, 2014

      Look, no gilts: why ECB should ape BoE

      How many gilts did the Bank of England buy during its quantitative easing programme? Trick question: the Bank of England did...

    23. December 10, 2014

      The post-recession slowdown is structural

      The worst postwar recession has been followed by weak growth. It is readily assumed that this is cause and effect. Such an...

    24. December 9, 2014

      Chastened banks called to account for sins of the past

      This has been the Year of the Bad Apples. In 2014, banks were called increasingly to account for the sins of the past,...

    25. December 9, 2014

      Europe’s lonely and reluctant hegemon

      I n 2014, we have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of first world war and the 25th anniversary of the fall of...

    26. December 9, 2014

      Snap election in Greece reignites fears for eurozone

      Greece’s political woes re-erupted as a threat to global financial stability on Tuesday, triggering the biggest drop on the...

    27. December 9, 2014

      European Central Bank loan auction set to miss target

      The European Central Bank will this week make its second offer of cheap four-year loans aimed at reviving the eurozone’s...

    28. December 8, 2014

      ECB blamed for covered bond shortage

      Covered bond supply has reached its lowest level in nearly two decades as the European Central Bank has been accused of...

    29. December 8, 2014

      Details of take-up of ECB’s cheap fixed-rate lending in report

      The week’s biggest news is likely to come on Thursday with the announcement of the take-up of the European Central Bank’s...

    30. December 7, 2014

      The ECB, demigods and eurozone quantitative easing

      The European debate about quantitative easing has reminded me of Zeno’s paradox of motion: Achilles could never catch up...

    31. December 7, 2014

      Quantitative easing is the last throw of the eurozone dice

      For much of this year the equity market story has been about central banks conducting levitation in share prices through the...

    32. December 5, 2014

      Be careful with those 2015 rate rise bets

      “Let’s take it nice and easy, it’s going to be so easy . . . To rush would be a crime,” crooned Frank Sinatra. Following his...

    33. December 5, 2014

      US dollar bolstered by forecast-beating jobs growth data

      The dollar was boosted on Friday by rising confidence in the US recovery following forecast-beating jobs growth. Non-farm...

    34. FT Alphaville

      December 5, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Friday, - Davies: the US Fed and the ECB view the consequences of the oil shock entirely differently. - A...

    35. December 4, 2014

      ECB division on wording fails to impress

      Perhaps this is what happens when Italians and Germans argue in English. The European Central Bank’s governing council...

    36. FT Alphaville

      December 4, 2014

      Fixed income nursery rhymes with Bill Gross

      Everyone’s favourite oddball bond manager is back with a new investment outlook. The theme is what nursery rhymes can tell...

    37. The World

      December 4, 2014

      Live Blog: Mario Draghi's December press conference

      The European Central Bank, as expected, left its benchmark lending rates unchanged on Thursday. Eyes now turn to the monthly...

    38. December 4, 2014

      Draghi looks to QE despite governing council split

      Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, has maintained he can deliver fresh measures to stave off economic stagnation...

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