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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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,...

    5. October 3, 2014

      Europe and Japan’s central bankers face toughest challenge yet

      Extra police were drafted in when the European Central Bank governing council met in Naples, Italy, this week. They provided...

    6. October 2, 2014

      Inflation outlook brings QE into view for ECB

      Investors have learnt to listen to central bankers. In Europe, perhaps, they have not listened carefully enough. On...

    7. September 24, 2014

      ECB’s Draghi takes up new weapon in war on deflation

      Runners have target times, golfers judge themselves by their swing, while Mario Draghi watches a technical measure of...

    8. September 21, 2014

      US urges EU to do more to stimulate its economy

      The US and Canada have urged the EU to resolve its internal political differences and do more to stimulate its economy, amid...

    9. September 19, 2014

      Weak ECB loans demand paves way for ‘QE’

      When historians come to write the story of the European Central Bank, they may look back at Thursday as the moment when the...

    10. September 16, 2014

      Wide-eyed faith in central banks exposes markets to political risk

      Are markets being foolishly sanguine about geopolitical risk? At the end of July new economic sanctions against Russia did...

    11. September 4, 2014

      European Central Bank: What to watch for

      The week heats up for investors with the release of the US jobs report for August on Friday. But overshadowing that is the...

    12. September 2, 2014

      ECB: Draghi’s eurozone deal

      About halfway through the speech, Mario Draghi stumbled. The European Central Bank president had reached a passage in his...

    13. August 14, 2014

      A Japanese lesson for bond buyers

      What does it take to persuade the European Central Bank to start quantitative easing? The judgment of investors yesterday...

    14. July 20, 2014

      Eurozone needs quantitative easing

      Should the European Central Bank carry out a large expansion of its balance sheet? The answer is: yes. The ECB must now do...

    15. June 6, 2014

      Euro withstands ECB’s easing onslaught

      If the European Central Bank sees a weaker euro as a crucial weapon in its fight against deflation, policy makers will be...

    16. May 8, 2014

      Draghi dangles hope of monetary easing

      Mario Draghi showed his words still have power on Thursday, when the European Central Bank president all but-promised to...

    17. April 30, 2014

      Investors are ignoring eurozone risks

      Markets awash with liquidity can both conceal and exacerbate underlying economic problems and long-term solvency issues....

    18. April 25, 2014

      Betting that the eurozone crisis is over has its risks

      Crisis over. Well and truly over. That at least is the market verdict on the eurozone. The situation has been calming for...

    19. April 24, 2014

      Difficult bet for investors on eurozone QE

      Hypotheticals are always worth exploring. If inflation in the eurozone fails to rise as expected, and the European Central...

    20. April 24, 2014

      ECB QE: real prospect or fantasy game?

      When Ben Bernanke launched US quantitative easing in late 2008, the Federal Reserve chairman threw a match into a box of...

    21. April 16, 2014

      Portuguese bond yields tumble on ECB QE hopes

      Portuguese government borrowing costs have tumbled to fresh multiyear lows as investors increasingly price-in the launch of...

    22. April 14, 2014

      Bundled debt will quicken recovery

      While the European Central Bank ponders the use of exotic instruments such as negative interest rates and perhaps even...

    23. April 14, 2014

      Draghi intervention has limited euro effect

      Policy makers’ efforts to talk down the euro had a limited effect as investors continued to pile into the bond markets of...

    24. April 13, 2014

      Portuguese finance minister open to unconventional easing by ECB

      Portugal’s finance minister said she would welcome unconventional monetary easing measures from the European Central Bank,...

    25. April 10, 2014

      ECB’s bond-buying not yet a done deal

      No sooner had Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, announced that the institution’s governing council was...

    26. April 10, 2014

      Fears grow over scale of eurozone bond rally

      Greece used to be a byword for bond market trouble. But the country’s successful return on Thursday to global capital...

    27. April 6, 2014

      Global economic recovery ‘hinges on reforms’

      The recovery in the world’s leading economies is strengthening but concerted action by governments is needed to rebuild lost...

    28. April 4, 2014

      Mario Draghi has to back QE words with action

      The power of a central bankers’ jawbone is awesome. But there are limits. After a point, words must be backed by actions to...

    29. April 3, 2014

      ECB says prepared to embrace QE

      The European Central Bank has given the strongest signal yet that it is prepared to embrace quantitative easing to prevent...

    30. April 3, 2014

      Easing would be the wrong move for the ECB

      Will the European Central Bank go down the route of quantitative easing? For some time now, Anglo-Saxon economists and...

    31. April 3, 2014

      ECB seen as unlikely to act despite deflation fears

      Despite increasing warnings that the eurozone risks falling into deflation and the more dovish tone adopted recently by some...

    32. March 30, 2014

      Europe’s central bankers talk too much and act too little

      It is five months since the sharp and persistent drop in eurozone inflation, and the gnomes in the European Central Bank’s...

    33. March 30, 2014

      Weidmann plays tactical game with moderation of tone on ECB policy

      The arch hawk of the European Central Bank has frequently found himself in a minority of one. But for Jens Weidmann, the...

    34. March 28, 2014

      Europe without the euro risk

      Recent columns have focused on prospects for global property and China, but this month I’m looking closer to home. I have...

    35. The A-List

      March 27, 2014

      Reasons to favour eurozone quantitative easing

      The surprising statement by Jens Weidmann, head of the Bundesbank, that quantitative easing “is not out of the question” in...

    36. March 13, 2014

      ECB president Mario Draghi counters euro upswing

      Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, has attempted to counter the strengthening of the euro, saying the central...

    37. March 6, 2014

      Draghi unconcerned by meagre price rises

      Imagine eurozone inflation was running at 3 per cent, and the European Central Bank projected that it would still be above...

    38. March 2, 2014

      Deflation fears drive down eurozone borrowing costs

      Financial market bets that the European Central Bank will be forced to start buying government bonds to stem the threat of...

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