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    1. The Exchange

      March 3, 2016

      If QE is not the answer for Europe, what is?

      Central banks around the world are increasingly facing the limits of their own policies, in particular quantitative...

    2. December 18, 2015

      Economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi on managing Italy’s legacy

      Villa I Tattoli, the family home of Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, chairman of Société Générale, the French bank, is set back...

    1. The Exchange

      December 8, 2015

      A common guarantee scheme is vital for eurozone banking union

      It is widely agreed that for a true banking union to be realised, the eurozone needs a single deposit guarantee scheme,...

    2. The Exchange

      November 10, 2015

      The interplay of a Fed tightening and an ECB easing

      The latest Federal Open Market Committee minutes seem to have surprised market participants who were expecting the...

    3. January 19, 2015

      Société Générale splits chairman and chief’s roles

      Société Générale has split the roles of chairman and chief executive as required by European law, appointing the...

    4. June 11, 2014

      Forget inflation targeting – try positive ambiguity

      If anything has survived more or less intact in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is inflation...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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