Regardless of the disappointments, the one-off items, a few little surprises and all kinds of explanations regarding their earnings and provisions, the so-called big banks’ results are what they are. And none of them have anything to celebrate. They remain vulnerable and unable to reach cruising speed.Read More
UBS | With central bank balance sheets at their largest on record, yet risk assets struggling, investors are increasingly questioning the efficacy of Quantitative Easing (QE). We take a detailed look at the impact of QE on asset prices through its portfolio effects, as well as throught he dovish policy signal it sends.
James Alexander via Historinhas | Scott Sumner made a somewhat light-hearted comment in a recent post that “no-one can predict recessions”. It made me stop and wonder what was the point of Market Monetarism in that case. The essence of MM is that market forecasts of NGDP Growth should guide monetary policy, should be monetary policy.
It has been 1 year since Telefonica closed a deal to merge O2 (Movistar) with Three, the UK subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa. And the two protagonists are still waiting for the UK and EU regulatory authorities to give the operation the green light.Read More
Low oil prices can be good for the drivers, but they are simply catastrophic for the oil companies and the markets. Many top oil firms have seen their earnings sharply reduced and their credit ratings cut. It is expected that prices will rise again, but not before late this year or 2017. The big question is whether the industry will be able to survive until then.Read More