Central Banks Drop Tightening Talk as Easy Money Goes On

The Bank of Canada’s dropping of language about the need for future interest-rate increases and today’s decisions by central banks in Norway, Sweden and the Philippines to leave their rates on hold unite them with counterparts in reinforcing rather than retracting loose monetary policy. The Federal Reserve delayed a pullback in asset purchases, while emerging markets from Hungary to Chile cut […]

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Draghi Says Bank-Aid Rules Must Be Flexible on Forced Losses

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said banks should be able to access public aid without wiping out junior bondholders if regulators decide a lender needs more capital and isn’t on the brink of failure. Draghi urged the European Union to make clear when it will allow exceptions to state-aid rules that require private-sector creditors […]

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IMF Sees Business-Loan Losses of EU250 Billion in EU Banks

“Banks in Spain, Italy and Portugal face about 250 billion euros ($338 billion) in potential losses on their business loans over the next two years, the International Monetary Fund said. About one-fifth of combined corporate loans is at risk of default in the three economies, which are forecast to contract this year, according to the […]

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Greece Can Never Pay Back Its Debt

“Legendary US investor George Soros has called for comprehensive debt relief for Greece. “Everyone knows that it can never pay back its debt,” he said in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. Greece is close to a primary budget surplus after a lot of pain and suffering, says Soros, whose speculation against the pound forced the […]

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Draghi Said to Ask ECB Panel to Weigh Liquidity Options

“Mario Draghi has asked a European Central Bank panel to study options for new bank funding measures, as policy makers try to figure out how to deal with any future liquidity shortages, two euro-region central bank officials said.”   Continue reading on bloomberg.com

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Draghi Seen Putting Words Before Action on ECB Policy

“Mario Draghi is likely to rely on the power of his voice rather than new policies to steer Europe’s banks through the early stages of an economic recovery. The ECB president will hold off from pumping more cash into the currency bloc’s financial system as long as the threat of action keeps market interest rates […]

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Bailed-Out Nations Get Another Four Years of Merkel

“Southern Europeans are facing four more years of Angela Merkel whether they like it or not. Majorities of 82 percent in Spain, 65 percent in Portugal and 58 percent in Italy repudiate the German leader’s handling of the euro area’s debt crisis, blaming her for drastic cuts in social services, recession and record unemployment, according […]

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Fed Officials Rebuff Coordination Calls as QE Taper Looms

“Federal Reserve officials rebuffed international calls to take the threat of fallout in emerging markets into account when tapering U.S. monetary stimulus. The risk that the Fed’s trimming of bond buying will hurt economies from India to Turkey by sparking an exodus of cash and higher borrowing costs was a dominant theme at the annual […]

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Fake Chinese Trade Data Pushes Fake US Futures Higher

“Overnight, just as Japan was threatening to roll risk over even more (at the end of the day, or rather night, it did, sliding over 200 point bringing the two day total plunge to nearly 800 points) China reported trade numberswhich were “better than expected” even though the net GDP contribution from the overall surplus was […]

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Berlusconi Turmoil in Italy Poses Threat to Euro-Crisis Lull

“Italian government instability following the tax-fraud conviction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi threatens to end a lull in the European debt crisis and derail a nascent economic recovery. Berlusconi’s party has rallied around its leader, possibly seeking a presidential pardon and threatening a mass resignation of deputies in parliament, a move that could bring […]

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