Tag Archives: Europe

Investing for Income – Are Risk Assets Now a Choice or a Need?

The Pioneer Investments European Equity team have noted that a recent report by the Pension Protection Fund in the U.K. estimates that, on average, U.K. defined benefit pension funds saw liabilities increase by 29% in 2014 alone, as low interest rates have meant … Continue reading

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The Fed is Waiting Patiently…Are You?

The FOMC’s January meeting didn’t break new ground; I’m waiting for the March press conference for any significant action to be discussed. As we know, patience continued to be the theme, as the Fed signaled a rate hike before June … Continue reading

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Greece is the Word

The three key take-away points from last Friday’s deal: 1. Greek politicians shouldn’t play poker: Whether the new government was faced with a lack of time or simply wasn’t experienced in bail-out negotiations, we don’t know, but neither Greek Prime … Continue reading

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ABBA Time

Mamma Mia!! Yesterday morning (Thursday February 12th 2015) the Swedish central bank (the Riksbank) decided to take a chance on Quantitative Easing (“QE”), cutting the repurchase rate to -0.10% and announcing a bond-buying programme of SEK 10bn (approx. €1bn). The … Continue reading

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7 Things You Need To Know About Today’s ECB Quantitative Easing Announcement

1. Size and duration: Purchases totalling €60bn per month, starting in March 2015 and lasting until September 2016, giving a total size of €1.1trn. This is much higher than expected. Note also the phrase that the programme will continue until … Continue reading

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