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    1. December 16, 2014

      Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann steps up criticism of QE

      com">Jens Weidmann, the hawkish president of Germany’s Bundesbank, has stepped up his calls for the European Central Bank to...

    2. December 15, 2014

      Time to leave the German Bund party

      At a time when there is a widespread expectation that the European Central Bank will soon launch its version of...

    1. December 14, 2014

      Divisions weaken the ECB’s hand on quantitative easing

      Fresh splits between the eurozone’s monetary policy makers have brought to the fore the constraints facing Mario Draghi, the...

    2. December 14, 2014

      A topsy-turvy EU world of power, money and politics

      One of the more peculiar characteristics of the EU is an inverse relationship between political power and control over...

    3. December 14, 2014

      Eurozone prospects look better tomorrow than they do today

      The European Central Bank is holding off (for now) on quantitative easing bond purchases, yet it remains on the top of...

    4. December 11, 2014

      ECB’s liquidity auction falls short of expectations

      Hopes the European Central Bank will resort to government bond purchases increased on Thursday, after a disappointing...

    5. December 10, 2014

      Europe’s guardians of monetary orthodoxy need not fear the printing press

      The European Central Bank is sidling towards the printing press. After taking tiptoe steps for more than a year now, in...

    6. December 10, 2014

      Look, no gilts: why ECB should ape BoE

      How many gilts did the Bank of England buy during its quantitative easing programme? Trick question: the Bank of England did...

    7. December 8, 2014

      ECB blamed for covered bond shortage

      Covered bond supply has reached its lowest level in nearly two decades as the European Central Bank has been accused of...

    8. December 8, 2014

      Eurozone bond markets position for QE

      Investors in European credit are pinning their hopes on action by the European Central Bank to juice returns in 2015....

    9. December 7, 2014

      Quantitative easing is the last throw of the eurozone dice

      For much of this year the equity market story has been about central banks conducting levitation in share prices through the...

    10. December 4, 2014

      ECB division on wording fails to impress

      Perhaps this is what happens when Italians and Germans argue in English. The European Central Bank’s governing council...

    11. December 4, 2014

      Draghi looks to QE despite governing council split

      Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, has maintained he can deliver fresh measures to stave off economic stagnation...

    12. December 3, 2014

      Confusion over interest rate impact of eurozone QE

      If the European Central Bank launched “quantitative easing” and bought government bonds, would benchmark eurozone yields...

    13. December 3, 2014

      How QE can jam the financial plumbing

      A layman may not differentiate between central bank actions like quantitative easing, as undertaken by the Federal Reserve,...

    14. December 2, 2014

      ECB poised to dash bond-buying hopes

      The European Central Bank holds its first meeting at its new Frankfurt headquarters on Thursday but expectations of a...

    15. December 1, 2014

      Telecoms play vital role in European rally

      When Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his investment plan last week, he said Europe needed a kick-start and the European...

    16. November 30, 2014

      The Juncker fund will not revive the eurozone

      As a financial instrument Jean-Claude Juncker’s new investment fund is very clever. As an economic measure it will not work....

    17. November 28, 2014

      Draghi needs support on QE in the eurozone

      When Mario Draghi announced two years ago he would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro, he must have known that some of...

    18. November 27, 2014

      Government bond yields hit record lows across Europe

      Government borrowing rates across Europe fell to historic lows on Thursday as speculation grows that the central bank is on...

    19. November 27, 2014

      Central banks not equals in investor affections

      Global financial markets’ love affair with central banks has blossomed since the US Federal Reserve started quantitative...

    20. November 26, 2014

      ECB set to decide on QE ‘early next year’

      The European Central Bank will wait until the start of next year before considering whether to embark on mass government...

    21. Gavyn Davies

      November 26, 2014

      Fault lines within the ECB

      The simmering row between the European Central Bank president Mario Draghi and the German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann...

    22. November 25, 2014

      The bull case for European equities

      European equities are not an obvious buy for US investors, who see their own economy forging ahead, corporate earnings...

    23. November 24, 2014

      EU bond yields smash records on QE hopes

      Another hint of government bond buying by the European Central Bank, another set of records smashed for low government bond...

    24. November 21, 2014

      Dovish Draghi boosts hopes of ECB stimulus

      Mario Draghi has boosted hopes the European Central Bank is close to backing more aggressive monetary easing, with the ECB...

    25. November 19, 2014

      ECB inflation target fails credibility test

      Here is a thought experiment. What do you think inflation is going to be in the US or the UK seven years from now? While we...

    26. November 18, 2014

      ECB warns of ‘pessimism’ risk to eurozone recovery

      The European Central Bank’s chief economist has warned of the risk that “growth pessimism” may undermine the eurozone’s...

    27. November 11, 2014

      ECB impotency makes eurozone stagnation inevitable

      Yields in the eurozone sovereign debt markets have fallen to such low levels that they are, in effect, predicting recession...

    28. November 6, 2014

      European Central Bank united on €1tn liquidity injection

      Mario Draghi secured unanimous support from the European Central Bank’s governing council for his plan to inject €1tn to...

    29. The World

      November 6, 2014

      Three things to watch at today's ECB meeting

      The European Central Bank’s governing council gathered in Frankfurt on Wednesday for its monthly meeting, which will end on...

    30. November 5, 2014

      Bank of Japan raises the bar for European Central Bank

      The Bank of Japan’s shock move last week to increase its asset purchases from Y60tn-70tn to Y80tn ($699bn) a year has fixed...

    31. October 31, 2014

      Farewell to the Fed’s QE3, a monetary job well done

      The Federal Reserve this week quietly ended its third bout of quantitative easing, an experiment that contrived to attract...

    32. October 31, 2014

      Eurozone inflation rate rises to 0.4%

      Eurozone inflation rose from its lowest level in five years but core inflation slowed down unexpectedly, yielding a mixed...

    33. October 20, 2014

      ECB’s bond move whets appetite for QE

      News that the European Central Bank has begun its programme of buying covered bonds from banks in Spain, France and Germany...

    34. October 20, 2014

      Europe may be main obstacle for bulls

      The danger of rallies in bearish markets is that enough investors are tricked into thinking the causes of the recent wobble...

    35. October 10, 2014

      How to break Europe’s economic taboos without shattering its union

      Here is a glass half-full story about Europe: asset prices have rebounded, growth has turned positive, reforms are taking...

    36. Gavyn Davies

      October 10, 2014

      It's Draghi versus Weidmann on ECB QE

        © CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images Last week’s press conference by ECB President Mario Draghi left the markets disappointed...

    37. October 9, 2014

      Draghi vows to fight eurozone deflation

      Mario Draghi has vowed the European Central Bank is determined to prevent the eurozone falling into deflation, but warned...

    38. October 8, 2014

      The eurozone and quantitative easing

      The eurozone’s economy appears to have stalled. It was widely expected that growth would pick up to 1 per cent this year,...

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