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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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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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As 2014 Winds Down, the ‘Santa Claus Rally’ Rolls On

Final Q3 U.S. GDP growth was revised up 5.0% last week, at the fastest pace in 11 years (since Q3 2003). A revision up from 3.9% to 4.3% was expected. Through three quarters of the year – including the weather-impacted … Continue reading

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3 Things that Could Make European QE More Likely

1. Economic data and Political Instability: Recent economic data continues to disappoint. Meanwhile, the political situation in Russia could create adverse headwinds for surrounding economies, notably Germany. The ECB should surely be concerned by these developments.

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OPEC + Central Banks = Volatile Markets

Last Week in the Capital Markets OPEC’s failure to cut production shocked the market: Commodities: On Thursday, OPEC didn’t cut production. WTI crude lost $7 on Friday, ended the week down $10 to $66 (lowest since 2009). Gold fell $21 … Continue reading

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