from MacroScope:

Putin faces the music

By Mike Peacock
December 18, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow

With a deep recession looming and the nose-diving rouble poised to push inflation through the roof, Russia’s Vladimir Putin faces the music at his end-of-year news conference when he will field questions from a studio audience as well as television viewers.

from MacroScope:

ECB QE drifts from if to when, say many analysts

December 4, 2014

RTR3OB5X.jpgSerious deflation risks in the euro zone mean it is no longer a question of if, but when the ECB will purchase sovereign bonds -- at least among many of those who are paid to forecast policy.

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.”

from MacroScope:

Euro zone bank lending: not as bad isn’t good enough

November 27, 2014

More cheap loans to banks was the European Central Bank's answer to boost bank lending to private businesses in the euro zone. But the latest data show credit growth is still contracting and the best some economists came up with is that at least it's not as bad as it was a year ago when it was shrinking faster.

from MacroScope:

Euro zone private loan data still looking more like groan data

November 24, 2014

It's been more than two years since euro zone banks increased net lending to private businesses. And it's been nearly half a year since the European Central Bank launched a new plan to turn that situation around.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Radio-free Europe

November 5, 2014

Election Day having come and gone, attention in markets turns to Europe ahead of the results of Thursday’s European Central Bank meeting.

from Breakingviews:

Draghi can only dream of moving like BOJ’s Kuroda

October 31, 2014

By Swaha Pattanaik

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

from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Aberdeen asset manager focuses on value amid market turmoil

October 29, 2014

Volatility has cooled for the moment, even as the U.S. Federal Reserve lifted its quantitative easing program on Wednesday, but Europe, China and Brazil are still concerns for financial markets, according to a veteran investment manager.

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 Breakingviews:

EU bank stress-test winners still short of capital

October 27, 2014

By George Hay

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