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  1. FT Alphaville

    August 15, 2014

    The leverage clock tolls for thee

    If you buy this… … keep reading. The basic idea from Citi, orignally from Matt King and built on here by the Global Strategy...

  2. FT Alphaville

    August 1, 2014

    All aboard the US$ flow merry-go-round!

    Money managers have been stung hard this year due to US government bonds not performing the way their traditional...

  1. FT Alphaville

    July 24, 2014

    Dryness alert, the Liquid-o-Meter siren has sounded

    RBS have joined the chorus of concerns about dangers in credit markets from thin trading volumes and a lack of risk takers...

  2. FT Alphaville

    May 6, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE US labour market slack: the difficulty with “structural” vs “cyclical” labels: The...

  3. FT Alphaville

    May 6, 2014

    "The urge to merge meets the dash for trash"

    That’s the title of the latest from Matt King, one of the credit strategists we dubbed “bearullish” earlier this year. King...

  4. FT Alphaville

    April 8, 2014

    Borrowing time

    Returning to that theme of sticky risk, the search for yield and returns and what happens when the Federal Reserve et al...

  5. FT Alphaville

    March 3, 2014

    The economic consequences of geopolitics

    Clear enough where Russian assets are concerned at least… the CBR has gone to war just hiked by 1.5 percentage points to put...

  6. FT Alphaville

    December 12, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE It’s all been about QE: Paul reports from Citi’s European Credit Conference, where the...

  7. FT Alphaville

    December 12, 2013

    It's all been about QE

    We’ve infiltrated Citi’s European Credit Conference, underway in Westminster on Thursday. Updates follow, until we’re thrown...

  8. FT Alphaville

    November 4, 2013

    Tapering, dealer inventory and bond market liquidity

    Citi credit strategist Matt King has responded to our QE downsides post with some thoughtful remarks via email. He wanted to...

  9. FT Alphaville

    September 11, 2013

    Italian bank funding more fragile that it looks

    The Italian government has not collapsed in a flurry of post-bunga bunga recrimination, at least not yet. With the ECB...

  10. FT Alphaville

    August 5, 2013

    Threats to a European rebound

    A hopeful outlook on the European economy has apparently become a non-contrarian view. This was bound to feel strange and...

  11. March 4, 2013

    Market with a weakness for withdrawals

    In September 2008 Matt King, a strategist at Citigroup, took note of a remote corner of financial markets. While investors...

  12. FT Alphaville

    December 21, 2012

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Ah, ah, ah… Staying Alive: Lisa takes you through pop-star survival probability rates....

  13. FT Alphaville

    December 7, 2012

    Low yielding assets, and sausages

    Plenty of analysts and pundits have gone to the trouble of explaining the challenge confronting savers in the current...

  14. October 24, 2012

    Regulation: Collateral damage

    Pawnbroking – lending money against valuable assets – dates back to biblical times. By some accounts, Queen Isabella of...

  15. September 14, 2012

    QE3 serves up a post-summer pop

    The start of an autumn market rally – or the last hurrah of summer? Ben Bernanke, US Federal Reserve chairman, achieved the...

  16. FT Alphaville

    August 17, 2012

    The Weekender

    This week on FT Alphaville, - Bundesverfassungsgericht was word of the week. - As the eurozone crisis took another week off…...

  17. FT Alphaville

    August 14, 2012

    'Don’t be a hero – start from zero'

    Matt King, Citi credit strategist, strikes again in a new presentation — this time on capital preservation and making...

  18. May 23, 2012

    Bond exodus on a par with eurozone bank run

    A great deal of attention is being heaped on the possibility of a bank run across the eurozone. But something just as...

  19. April 13, 2012

    Investors brace for a market re-run of 2011

    Intense worries about the future of the euro, followed by a dissipation of sovereign debt woes and better economic news. But...

  20. April 9, 2012

    Broker-dealers unlikely to see renaissance

    On September 5 2008 – days before the financial crisis kicked into high gear – Citigroup strategist Matt King sent a 22-page...

  21. FT Alphaville

    March 27, 2012

    The ever-moving goalpost of retirement

    Are we ever going to be able to retire? It’s a question many ponder… Defined benefit pension schemes are dead, the...

  22. November 18, 2011

    Investors move to price in euro split

    The eurozone infection this week moved decisively from the periphery of the continent to its core. Many investors are no...

  23. FT Alphaville

    November 18, 2011

    The great de-leveraging

    Or as Matt King at Citi put it in his latest presentation, “Payback Time: The Coming Decade of Deleveraging”. In short,...

  24. November 17, 2011

    Spain pushed to frontline of euro crisis

    Spain was thrust on to the frontline of the eurozone’s debt crisis on Thursday as investors forced its borrowing costs...

  25. November 7, 2011

    Bond investors fear cliff risk as Italy teeters

    It’s known as cliff risk – and it is the point at which a small shift in a bond’s value can have a big impact on its price....

  26. FT Alphaville

    November 3, 2011

    Approaching the Italian endgame

    Amid EFSF revamps, Greek politics, and ECB rate cuts, remember that in the end, it all comes down to Italy. In...

  27. FT Alphaville

    November 2, 2011

    MF Global - 2008 parallels like you wouldn't believe

    For today’s edition of history rhyming, have a look at this (seminal) piece of research from Citigroup’s Matt King. On...

  28. August 11, 2011

    French banks rally on short selling ban rumour

    French banks had a turbulent session, falling heavily in morning trade, before climbing sharply after more rumours that...

  29. July 15, 2011

    Obama says time to get ‘serious’

    By Richard McGregor in Washington Barack Obama has urged congressional leaders to “avert Armageddon” as the deadline...

  30. FT Alphaville

    June 27, 2011

    What's wrong with markets in seven easy slides

    Hot on the heels of the BIS’s annual report – criticising how prolonged low interest rates can create ‘distortions’ and...

  31. April 28, 2011

    Banks braced for knock-on from credit downgrades

    Reduced confidence in the creditworthiness of developed economies’ government finances has caused significant knock-on...

  32. FT Alphaville

    April 20, 2011

    The coming QEnding

    Or, supply dynamics in quantitative easing. Required reading for a quiet Wednesday, really. Remember how QE works. The...

  33. FT Alphaville

    April 20, 2011

    QEased credit - but maybe not for long

    It’s money money everywhere and not that much to buy. Citigroup credit strategist Matt King has a nice note out on Wednesday...

  34. March 21, 2011

    The next bubble: Follow the line of debt to spot a coming crisis

    Mark Thomas, a business strategy specialist at PA Consulting, has a single sheet of paper he shows to clients that could...

  35. March 9, 2011

    Eurozone periphery borrowing costs soar

    The cost of borrowing for Portugal, Ireland and Greece has hit euro-era highs, amid concern in the market that European...

  36. January 3, 2011

    Battles loom between creditors and borrowers

    ‘Everyone has to bear the great burden’ of debt and taxes, warns a French engraving circa 1789. Now, 222 years on, concern...

  37. November 28, 2010

    Government bonds: A coinage debased

    National coins, common currency: the 16-country eurozone is under pressure as never before. The debt of Hungary, not a...

  38. FT Alphaville

    November 26, 2010

    Eurozone borrowing costs hit record

    The cost of borrowing for the eurozone’s peripheral economies rose to record highs on Thursday amid signs the debt crisis...

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