LATEST NEWS : The Economy Of The Largest Superpower On The Planet Is Collapsing Right Now

How do you fix a superpower with exploding levels of debt, that has a rapidly aging population, that consumes far more wealth than it produces, and that has scores of zombie banks that could collapse at any moment.  You might think that I am talking about the United States, but I am actually talking about […]

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LATEST NEWS : Draghi Devaluing Euro Cheers ECB as Inflation Seen Fading

Mario Draghi’s strategy for reviving the euro area looks like devaluation. While the European Central Bank president says the exchange rate isn’t a policy target, officials aren’t secretive about their approval of the currency’s almost 10 percent slide. The depreciation increases the cost of imports and boosts exporters’ competitiveness, aiding the effort to revive inflation […]

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LATEST NEWS : Euro-Area Confidence Falls as Low Inflation Alarms ECB

Euro-area economic confidence fell more than forecast, Spanish consumer prices dropped the most in five years and German unemployment unexpectedly rose in a burst of data backing Mario Draghi’s warning that more stimulus may be needed. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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Iran Agrees to Deal With Powers to Curb Nuclear Work

Iran’s accord with world powers to limit its nuclear program in exchange for as much as $7 billion in relief from sanctions left Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani the task of selling the deal to critics. By agreeing to curtail its nuclear activities, Iran won an easing of certain sanctions on oil, auto parts, gold and precious metals […]

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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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Germany Summons U.S. Ambassador to Explain Merkel Phone Tapping

Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over reports ChancellorAngela Merkel’s mobile phone was monitored by U.S. spy agencies as European Union leaders prepared to discuss tighter data protection. Ambassador John B. Emerson was called in for talks with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwellein Berlin this afternoon, a ministry spokeswoman said, speaking under customary condition of anonymity. France summoned […]

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Frexit fever reaches heart of French establishment

Calls for EMU break-up are spreading into the upper echelons of the French foreign policy establishment, and the pro-European core. An astonishing new book by François Heisbourg – La Fin du Rêve Européen (The end of the European dream) – argues that the “euro cancer” must be cut out to save the rest of the EU Project […]

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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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