from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Top Markets Stories of 2015

December 22, 2015

It’s been an interesting year, and the volatility we saw strikes some as a harbinger, with more divergence in monetary policy and the long-anticipated beginning of a Fed tightening cycle careening into the collapse of oil, setting up for an eventful 2016. For now, though, here’s a look at the top 10 stories in the markets over the past year:

from The Great Debate:

Advice for Greece: Never play chicken with Germany

July 2, 2015

Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union offices in Athens, Greece

Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

from Breakingviews:

Hugo Dixon: How Greece can cut a goodish deal

June 4, 2015

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

from Expert Zone:

If Europe gets into a debt crisis

October 29, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

from MacroScope:

Will rounding cents bring euro zone down?

January 24, 2014

The 18-country euro zone has had a rough ride in the past 6 years, and even with the glimmers of good news reaching the darkest corners of the debt crisis, the European Central Bank has been anything but ready to sound a crisis-over siren.

from The Great Debate:

Ending the debt limit crisis: Dear Ben Bernanke

October 9, 2013

Warren Buffett calls the debt ceiling a “nuclear weapon, too horrible to use.” Obama administration official Jason Furman says the consequence of a default on U.S. government debt is “too terrible to think about.” When asked about a default, Wells Fargo strategist James Kochan simply commented, “Holy cripes.”

from MacroScope:

Elusive Greek deal

November 1, 2012

So euro zone finance ministers conferred about Greece and Germany’s Schaeuble came out to declare significant progress although no deal yet. Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker looked forward to a final settlement at the ministers’ face-to-face meeting on Nov. 12.
But a source with no particular axe to grind was much more downbeat, saying there was no real progress with Germany and the IMF at loggerheads over the need for euro zone governments and the ECB to take a haircut on the Greek bonds they hold in order to make the numbers add up.

from Global Investing:

UK investors warm to European stocks

October 2, 2012

British investors are warming up to European equities, with the highest level of positive or rather positive views of the troubled bloc's stocks in a year, an online survey by Baring Asset Management shows:

from MacroScope:

An unpleasant surprise may lurk in euro zone GDP numbers

September 24, 2012

The euro zone economy may be doing far worse than most economists want to believe. That’s not good news for a central bank trying to rescue the single currency through a hotly-contested bond purchasing programme that has yet to get started.

from Unstructured Finance:

UF Weekend Reads

June 22, 2012

By Katya Wachtel

Yes, Germany and Greece have been in a war of words in the unfolding crisis over the latter's membership in the euro zone, but this afternoon the two nations face off in a different (and far more entertaining) way: they go head-to-head in the European Championship quarterfinal.