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  1. FT Alphaville

    February 27, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - What PayPal’s past means for Bitcoin’s future. - Ryan Avent is book-club blogging Thomas Piketty’s...

  2. FT Alphaville

    January 15, 2014

    Nigerian Fannie

    Nigeria intends to set up a mortgage finance company along the lines of the US agency Fannie Mae, according to Bloomberg,...

  1. FT Alphaville

    January 15, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Wall Street gains spurred a rally in Asian markets, but the rebounds have failed to compensate for an ugly session...

  2. FT Alphaville

    January 14, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Felix Salmon on why data isn’t everything. - Martin Wolf: Failing elites threaten our future. -...

  3. FT Alphaville

    January 14, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York FT ALPHAVILLE What if Karlsruhe and the OMT just got along?: David presents the argument from JPM that...

  4. FT Alphaville

    January 8, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Brad Plumer on the US oil-export ban. - How the NSA almost killed the Internet. - The dark side of...

  5. FT Alphaville

    December 13, 2013

    Friday banks chart, Italian-American edition

    OK, one country can print in its own currency, while the other can’t. There is also no suggestion of an intimate circle of...

  6. FT Alphaville

    November 21, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: After minutes from the US Federal Reserve suggested a scaling back of its stimulus programme was likely in the...

  7. FT Alphaville

    November 15, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Greenspan’s dilemma revived again: Izzy notes that the famous dilemma keeps...

  8. FT Alphaville

    November 15, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian bourses continued their ascent on the prospect of extended monetary stimulus in the US. Investors have been...

  9. FT Alphaville

    November 14, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian markets pushed higher after comments from the nominee for US Federal Reserve chairman suggested sustained...

  10. FT Alphaville

    November 13, 2013

    Private capital now, say hedge funds with Frannie preferreds

    From the FT’s Stephen Foley and Henny Sender, comes the pitchbook which hedge funds including Blackstone’s GSO and Paulson...

  11. FT Alphaville

    October 23, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Has China’s debt crisis moment arrived? - Is a currency crisis bad for you at the ZLB? - A chance...

  12. FT Alphaville

    September 5, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, NEWS US consumers are buying new cars at the fastest pace since the beginning of the financial...

  13. FT Alphaville

    August 15, 2013

    Further Reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - Egypt in pictures. - What construction boom? Beijing running out of office space. - Paulson half...

  14. FT Alphaville

    August 6, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Apparently if you want more babies you just have to let people have them: End the...

  15. FT Alphaville

    August 6, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    “Asian stocks fell for a second day as stronger growth in U.S. service industries fueled speculation the Federal Reserve...

  16. FT Alphaville

    July 26, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks fell and the Nikkei and Topix both slumped more than 2% as the yen strengthened and earnings from Advantest and...

  17. FT Alphaville

    July 8, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE China slowdown predictions, metals and oil edition: Now that the possibility of a sharp...

  18. FT Alphaville

    June 3, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - “No, the IT revolution is not over” – says this Fed paper. - Those “great vampiric beasts that...

  19. Westminster Blog

    May 28, 2013

    Banks won't join "Help to Buy" says former CML head

    Ministers’ flagship “Help to Buy” housing support scheme is set to be undermined by banks refusing to take part, the former...

  20. FT Alphaville

    May 22, 2013

    Guest post: Pledged collateral in an IS/LM framework (Part 2)

    This is a guest post by Manmohan Singh, a senior economist at the IMF. Views expressed are his own and not those of the IMF....

  21. FT Alphaville

    May 13, 2013

    The Fed can keep buying for a while, if it wants to

    The “danger zone” referenced in the chart above by Lewis Alexander of Nomura is a kind of arbitrary area between the Fed’s...

  22. FT Alphaville

    May 10, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE A Co-op mess: Moody’s cut Co-operative Bank’s credit rating late on Friday, notes...

  23. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP Equities pause as focus shifts to FX: “Wall Street’s run of record highs finally came to an end as the focus...

  24. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2013

    Frantastic?

    There was big news early Thursday morning when Fannie Mae announced that it will be paying the Treasury a whopping $59.4bn...

  25. FT Alphaville

    May 8, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP FT markets round-up: “Encouraging macro data releases from China and Germany offered further support to equity...

  26. FT Alphaville

    April 2, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP FT markets round-up: “Further signs of underlying weakness in the eurozone economy did little to curtail demand for...

  27. Westminster Blog

    March 21, 2013

    How Mervyn King warned against government mortgage guarantees

    Mervyn (now Sir Mervyn) King did not cover himself with glory during the credit crunch, preferring to lecture on moral...

  28. Westminster Blog

    March 21, 2013

    The risks of Osborne setting up a UK Fannie Mae

    George Osborne is edging Britain closer to an American-style government-backed mortgage market by promising to underwrite...

  29. FT Data

    March 20, 2013

    Did government-backed lending cause the US housing bubble?

    Britain’s Chancellor has today announced a substantial expansion of the government’s intervention in the housing market....

  30. FT Alphaville

    March 4, 2013

    Damn straight I'm a college grad! Paper or plastic?

    It’s the kind of motto one sees on a T-shirt in a shop in the touristy part of town, but over the last few years it’s had a...

  31. FT Alphaville

    January 8, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, ALPHAVILLE On the transient necessity of central bank independence: Izzy wades into the platinum coin...

  32. FT Alphaville

    January 8, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Banks reach mortgage settlements of more than $20bn: BofA agreed to pay $11.6bn to Fannie Mae to resolve a protracted legal...

  33. The World

    December 14, 2012

    Rice withdrawal paves way for Kerry

    It may not be official. But it seems a fair bet that John Kerry will be the next US secretary of state. Susan Rice’s...

  34. FT Alphaville

    November 7, 2012

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP The Dow lost 312 points, its biggest drop this year, while the S&P 500 fell its hardest since June. It declined 2.4...

  35. FT Alphaville

    October 24, 2012

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP FT markets round-up: “Markets recovered some ground on upbeat Chinese economic data after weaker-than-expected...

  36. FT Alphaville

    October 24, 2012

    Another day, another BofA mortgage suit

    Although actually, this is being touted as “the first civil fraud suit brought by the Department of Justice concerning...

  37. FT Alphaville

    October 15, 2012

    Dudley on mortgage market impairment

    NY Fed president Bill Dudley weighs in on something written about here and many, many other places — the impairment of...

  38. FT Alphaville

    September 13, 2012

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP FT markets round-up: “Stocks on Wall Street jumped while the US dollar fell after the US Federal Reserve outlined a...

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