from MacroScope:

Currency concerns everywhere

By Mike Peacock
March 24, 2015

A bureau de change operator counts U.S. currency notes in Abuja

Currency concerns in the central banking world have come to the fore again.

Sweden cut interest rates further into negative territory out of the blue last week, fearing its strong currency will engender deflation. The Swiss National Bank said it would aim to weaken what it sees as a "significantly overvalued" franc. And the Bank of England flagged the risk that sterling could strengthen further and leave inflation below target for longer.

from Breakingviews:

ECB torn between two roles in Greek bank support

March 20, 2015

REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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

from MacroScope:

Patient: Fed may drop the word, not the idea

March 18, 2015

RTR4R4RY.jpgFed Chair Janet Yellen may signal later today that she is no longer patient about when to consider raising rates but any eventual hike is likely to come after June, judging by how many key economic reports so far this year have undercut expectations.

from Breakingviews:

Wobbly stock markets are in thrall to central banks

By Edward Hadas
March 11, 2015

By Edward Hadas

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

from Breakingviews:

Turkey’s central bank is in a very tough spot

By Edward Hadas
March 9, 2015

By Edward Hadas

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

from MacroScope:

Prescient Yellen saw limits of zero Fed interest rates back in 2009

March 4, 2015

yellen.jpgDespite the Federal Reserve's trillions of dollars in newly printed money, workers' wages and overall U.S. inflation have failed to take off since the recession. Longer-term borrowing costs, from 10-year Treasury yields to 30-year home mortgages, have also compressed without any real signs of reversing. While this has perplexed many economists, transcripts of the U.S. central bank's crisis-fighting meetings in 2009 show that Janet Yellen, then the head of the San Francisco Fed, was prescient in warning colleagues of these very problems.

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Long night of talks in Brussels and Minsk

By Mike Peacock
February 12, 2015

Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem greets Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis during an extraordinary euro zone Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels

A long night of talks in Brussels and Minsk.

Despite going into the early hours of the morning, euro zone finance ministers failed to reach agreement on a way forward with their Greek counterpart and will try again on Monday.

from Breakingviews:

Others will join hryvnia and rouble in FX sin bin

By Edward Hadas
February 6, 2015

By Edward Hadas

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

from Breakingviews:

ECB’s Greek bank warning stays within reason

February 5, 2015

By George Hay

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

from Breakingviews:

Australia underscores urgency of Asian rate cuts

February 3, 2015

By Andy Mukherjee 

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