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    1. FT Alphaville

      February 11, 2015

      The new Hanseatica, now with robot dogs

      So, Apple has taken advantage of the drop in Swiss funding costs to issue SFr1.25bn of bonds. A no-brainer funding...

    2. FT Alphaville

      February 11, 2015

      The shuttering of China?

      This is gonna be speculative, so bear with us. It’s the idea that China will — as more and more capital threatens to flow...

    1. FT Alphaville

      October 17, 2014

      It takes $200bn per quarter to feed the machine

      As usual Matt King et al at Citi’s credit research team breaks things down to the key fundamentals. Here’s the chart that...

    2. FT Alphaville

      September 26, 2014

      Too much competition, overcapacity, arghh!

      Earlier this week we highlighted the following chart from Matt King at Citi representing the corporate sector’s seeming...

    3. FT Alphaville

      September 23, 2014

      Let there be bubbles!

      Citi’s Matt King has jumped on the secular stagnation bandwagon with a really nifty collection of charts that ties the whole...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. October 24, 2012

      Regulation: Collateral damage

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

    20. 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...

    21. 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…...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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...

    30. 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....

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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