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  1. April 19, 2013

    How the UK’s house price bubble might deflate

    If you’d asked me in 2007 where UK house prices would be by now, I would have told you that they’d be down something in the...

  2. April 17, 2013

    Central bankers say they are flying blind

    Growing concern at the International Monetary Fund over the long-term side-effects of interest rates close to zero came as...

  1. November 13, 2012

    Washington, not markets, calls the shots

    US politicians face formidable challenges putting the country’s public finances in order. One they have escaped is the sort...

  2. February 29, 2012

    Banks should learn to go it alone

    With the €530bn lent to banks through its latest three-year longer-term refinancing operation, the size of the European...

  3. February 1, 2012

    Only eurozone exits will let IMF get its money back

    From Mr Derek Scott. Sir, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi (“How to equip the IMF for the crisis of our time”, January 27) makes several...

  4. January 31, 2012

    Misdiagnosis has made IMF cavalier with taxpayer money

    From Dr Desmond Lachman. Sir, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi appears to be cavalier about using taxpayer money to address the eurozone...

  5. January 26, 2012

    How to equip the IMF for the crises of our time

    After each major financial crisis, from Latin America in the 1980s to Asia in the late 1990s, the International Monetary...

  6. FT Alphaville

    December 23, 2011

    Bini Smaghi calls for QE in face of deflation risks

    Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, ECB executive board member, has called for quantitative easing to be used to boost the eurozone economy...

  7. FT Alphaville

    December 22, 2011

    Bini Smaghi sees role for European QE

    A top European Central Bank policymaker has called for “quantitative easing” to be used to boost the eurozone economy if...

  8. December 22, 2011

    Call for QE to stave off euro deflation

    A top European Central Bank policymaker has called for “quantitative easing” to be used to boost the eurozone economy if...

  9. December 22, 2011

    Bini Smaghi urges bold decisions

    Two of the European Central Bank’s six executive board members will quit Frankfurt this month. Germany’s Jürgen Stark...

  10. December 22, 2011

    FT interview transcript: Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

    Ralph Atkins, Frankfurt bureau chief of the Financial Times, interviewed Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, outgoing European Central Bank...

  11. Money Supply

    December 22, 2011

    Bini Smaghi exit interview

    Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is one of two European Central Bank executive board members who will quit the Eurotower this month. This...

  12. Money Supply

    December 12, 2011

    ECB's Coeuré makes his debut

    Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, who strongly believes the ECB should be acting far more aggressively in combating the...

  13. Money Supply

    November 30, 2011

    Draghi faces spat over ECB economics job

    Just what the eurozone did not need right now: another possible German-Franco row, this time over jobs at the European...

  14. November 24, 2011

    Sarkozy to nominate Coeuré for ECB

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, is to nominate the deputy head of the French treasury to take a vacant seat on the...

  15. November 10, 2011

    Bini Smaghi quits ECB after French pressure

    The European Central Bank has ended a simmering row between France and Italy over its top management by announcing the...

  16. FT Alphaville

    November 10, 2011

    Study the financial crisis with the new Greek PM

    It’s not just the rise of the technocrats, it’s the rise of the professors, too. On Thursday afternoon the ECB announced...

  17. Money Supply

    November 10, 2011

    Bini Smaghi to leave ECB for Harvard

    Nicolas Sarkozy will be pleased. Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is to quit the ECB for Harvard at the end of this year. Below is the...

  18. November 10, 2011

    Euro climbs as Italian bond yields dip

    The euro regained some of its losses on Thursday following a sharp slide the previous day, as Greece announced a new prime...

  19. Money Supply

    October 24, 2011

    Lawyers to Bini Smaghi: stay put

    Lorenzo Bini Smaghi has the European Central Bank’s lawyers on his side. He is under pressure from Nicolas Sarkozy to step...

  20. October 23, 2011

    Big two show rare unanimity over Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, stepped into a hostile environment at a European Union summit in Brussels as...

  21. Brussels Blog

    October 23, 2011

    EU summit: Merkozy gang up on Silvio

    France and Germany may be divided over the key issues on the agenda of today’s European Union summit. But President Nicolas...

  22. Money Supply

    October 21, 2011

    Visco is no ugly compromise

    Ignazio Visco. Image by Bank of Italy. Few predicted Ignazio Visco, the Bank of Italy’s third-in-command, would succeed...

  23. FT Alphaville

    October 20, 2011

    Berlusconi opts for Bini Smaghi

    Silvio Berlusconi is expected to end months of speculation and procrastination on Thursday by nominating Lorenzo Bini Smaghi...

  24. Money Supply

    October 19, 2011

    Bini Smaghi’s Bank of Italy coup

    UPDATE: 20 October 20.06 After outcry from the Bank of Italy, cabinet ministers, and the Italian media, Mr Berlusconi has...

  25. October 19, 2011

    Berlusconi opts for Bini Smaghi

    Silvio Berlusconi is expected to end months of speculation and procrastination on Thursday by nominating Lorenzo Bini Smaghi...

  26. FT Alphaville

    October 5, 2011

    Further further reading

    For the commute home, - How well do financial markets separate news from noise: a case study. - Your reaction to this...

  27. October 2, 2011

    ECB prepares for change as Trichet finale nears

    Sweeping change at the top of the European Central Bank moves a step closer this week when Jean-Claude Trichet, president,...

  28. September 26, 2011

    ECB signals liquidity boost for banks

    The European Central Bank is likely next week to extend significantly its provision of liquidity to banks as it seeks to...

  29. Money Supply

    September 16, 2011

    The ECB's different ways ahead

    European Central Bank policymakers are not shy of setting out their thoughts on the future of the eurozone – but their...

  30. FT Alphaville

    July 15, 2011

    More on fiscal union as the ultimate solution

    On Friday, the theme of fiscal resolution to the European problem was gaining ground once again Pimco’s Mohammed El Erian,...

  31. FT Alphaville

    July 11, 2011

    EU starts considering a Greek default

    European leaders are for the first time prepared to accept that Athens should default on some of its bonds as part of a new...

  32. Money Supply

    June 24, 2011

    The ECB gets Draghi, but at a price

    This time the European Central Bank blinked first. A week ago, Berlin caved into ECB pressure and agreed that private sector...

  33. June 24, 2011

    Draghi confirmed as next ECB chief

    Mario Draghi, head of the Bank of Italy, was formally approved as the next head of the European Central Bank on Friday, but...

  34. Brussels Blog

    June 24, 2011

    [Updated] EU summit: Is day 2 Draghi's day?

    Mario Draghi meets German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last week UPDATE: Draghi has been confirmed, but not before...

  35. June 22, 2011

    Draghi divides Paris and Rome

    France and Italy are locked in a dispute over the future leadership of the European Central Bank that cast doubt over...

  36. Money Supply

    June 21, 2011

    The ECB versus Sarkozy and Berlusconi

    What will happen to Italy’s Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, the European Central Bank executive board member? Last week, Nicolas...

  37. June 17, 2011

    ECB’s Paris rebuttal sparks fresh spat

    The European Central Bank has slapped down an attempt by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, to force one of its top...

  38. June 16, 2011

    Berlusconi moves on ECB row with France

    Lorenzo Bini Smaghi attends conference at the Vatican on Thursday Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s centre-right prime minister,...

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