Tag Archives: Eurozone

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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Strong Jobs Report Joins Improving U.S. Employment Trends

According to the “establishment” survey, payroll employment rose 257k in January; November and December were revised higher by +147k (257k+147k=406k). The normal annual review resulted in 2014 being revised higher by 245k. (Note: the 147k Nov-Dec revision is part of the … Continue reading

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Central Bank Surprises: Is the FOMC Sounding an Alarm?

The Swiss were first, followed by the Indians, Canadians, Danes (3 times!), Japanese, and Russians (again last week) – central banks are changing policies without telegraphing their intentions in advance. In a period of rising central bank activism and high … Continue reading

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