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Europe Finance

EU court and Greek elections may block QE from the ECB

As the Eurozone battles low inflation and a weak economy, consensus around quantitative easing (QE) has grown. The question is whether the ECB’s meeting on January 22nd will offer more than just

Europe Finance

Draghi risks becoming the Boy Who Cried Wolf over QE

Recent remarks by ECB President Mario Draghi have promised to tackle the near-recession level of activity plaguing the Eurozone. But while words have come often, there has been far less

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

US Fed to give more precise details on timing of rate change at FOMC meeting on Dec 16-17. Greece announces snap elections for Dec 17, prompting stock drop. Mercosur summit will discuss

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Mario Draghi, ECB President, is likely to broaden QE programme early; US Fed may signal the timing of increasing interest rates in December meeting; Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party expected

Economics North America

Are low interest rates deflationary?

The benefits of any activity should outweigh the costs. Risk should be commensurate with return. In fact and theory, risk and return are inseparable.  Analysts say the relationship between risk

Economics Europe

How well could Draghi’s QE work?

Rates in European Countries are already at record lows, which could dampen the effects of ECB quantitative easing. After the European Central Bank (ECB) spent years of waffling over whether

Economics South and Central Asia

Kazakh currency devaluation triggers fuel shortage

The devaluation in February of Kazakhstan’s currency, the tenge, could have far-reaching effects on the availability of fuel in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. On February 11, 2014, the National Bank of

Economics North America

Crises around the world put a wrench in Fed plans

Investors’ flight to safety will eventually limit the Fed’s ability to normalize rates. When the US announced new sanctions on Russian officials before Wall Street opened on July 17, most

Economics International

Erdogan undermines Turkish Central Bank’s autonomy

On 30 April, the Governor of Turkey’s Central Bank, Erdem Basci, announced an interest rate cut in the near future, but specified neither number nor schedule. The announcement came a week after reaffirming the Bank’s