from Breakingviews:

Swiss give positive lesson in negative rate policy

By Edward Hadas
December 18, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Europe could edge past U.S. in race to courthouse

December 17, 2014

By Reynolds Holding

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Russia’s foreign banks have varying pain barriers

December 17, 2014

By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Sorry, this is as good as the global recovery gets

By Edward Hadas
December 16, 2014

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At the beginning of 2014, many people were optimistic about the world economy. For the fifth straight year, it had seemed safe to declare the lingering effects of the 2008 financial crisis over and done with. This time is different: 2015 is likely to begin in a merited atmosphere of gloom.

from Breakingviews:

Rouble free fall throws Russia into ugly spiral

December 16, 2014

The Central Bank of Russia was successful for about two hours. Its overnight decision to hike the main interest rate from 10.5 percent to 17 percent initially shocked markets enough to arrest the rouble’s fall after the currency sank almost 12 percent on Dec. 15. But the Russian currency quickly resumed its slide, smashing record lows – as if the central bank hadn’t moved at all. That leaves policymakers with few sensible short-term options. Further out, only an end to the Ukrainian stand-off and related Western sanctions or sharply higher oil prices could soothe markets. Neither is likely to happen soon.

from Edward Hadas:

Making money safe

By Edward Hadas
December 12, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Sell, baby, sell: Sinking oil prices among global headwinds into 2015: Canadian fund manager, US economist

December 10, 2014

The rout in oil will have wider reaching consequences yet.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision not to cut production amid slowing demand coupled with large increases in U.S. oil output has skimmed some $40 off a barrel of oil inside of five months.

from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Equity bull market ongoing as Fed interest rate raise “years away” – Cumberland’s Kotok

December 3, 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high for the third straight day this week. The S&P 500, since breaking the 2,000 level on Oct. 31 has since remained above that level.

from Breakingviews:

Sinking rouble puts debt squeeze on Russia Inc

December 3, 2014

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

The ‘Worst’ Central Bank, Like, Ever

December 2, 2014

One day ahead of Friday’s key U.S. jobs report, markets will turn their attention to the European Central Bank, which is currently engaging in what strategist Rich Bernstein of Richard Bernstein Advisors calls a quest to become “the worst central bank in all of history.”