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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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My Word is (Not) My Bond

In what we believe to be a stunning (and perhaps even shocking) move yesterday, the Swiss National Bank (“SNB”) announced the immediate termination of its policy to floor the Swiss franc to the euro. The reaction was swift and brutal. … Continue reading

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Europe’s Banks – Great Expectations or Groundhog Day?

Consensus expectations for earnings in the Eurozone are reaching new highs, with Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) growth expected to be 15% in 2015. To be fair, we have heard bullish forecasts like this for a number of years now. While … Continue reading

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ECB and QE – Doomed to Fail Before It Starts?

Today, the December inflation number for the eurozone area was reported as having fallen -0.2%, compared to November’s +0.3% rise. Yes, that’s right! Prices across the whole eurozone area are falling. In reality, most of the fall has been driven by the extraordinary fall … Continue reading

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Russia: Where might we be wrong?

As the last hours of the year slip through our hands, it is sometimes important to remind ourselves that today’s gallstones can become tomorrow’s pearls. This time last year, we expected the Federal Reserve to begin to raise rates, as … Continue reading

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