The Great Debate UK

The EU and the hedge funds: the vendetta goes on

May 24, 2010

You might have thought that, with the Eurozone in turmoil, the EU would have its hands too full to pursue its vendetta against hedge funds.

Sovereign default risk, fact or fiction?

May 14, 2010

-Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

German elections bring forward a possible stalemate situation for EMU

April 28, 2010

-Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

Subject of Europe set to trip Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg

April 22, 2010

Jane Foley- Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own. -

from MacroScope:

Brit shock horror: euro to survive

March 10, 2010

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Britons have never really got the euro zone. "Its not really going to happen, is it?" was a typical question from a City analyst to Reuters back in the mid-90s. The political drive behind the creation of the monetary union was beyond many in eurosceptic Britain.

from The Great Debate:

Embrace reality, not fight speculation

March 2, 2010

Stock up on canned goods, the authorities appear to be opening a new front in the War Against Speculation; this time taking aim at the people who might profit from Greece and its European partners' woes.

An alternative view of the crisis in Greece

February 17, 2010

Mark Bolsom1-150x150.jpg-Mark Bolsom is the Head of the UK Trading Desk at Travelex, the world’s largest non-bank FX payments specialist. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Is a queue forming at the EU’s fiscal soup kitchen?

February 11, 2010

copelandl- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from MacroScope:

Political economy and the euro

February 8, 2010

The reality of  'political economy'  is something that irritates many economists -- the "purists", if you like. The political element is impossible to model;  it often flies in the face of  textbook economics;  and democratic decision-making and backroom horse trading can be notoriously difficult to predict and painfully slow.  And political economy is all pervasive in 2010 -- Barack Obama's proposals to rein in the banks is rooted in public outrage; reading China's monetary and currency policies is like Kremlinology; capital curbs being introduced in Brazil and elsewhere aim to prevent market overshoot; and British budgetary policies are becoming the political football ahead of this spring's UK election. The list is long, the outcomes uncertain, the market risk high.

from MacroScope:

The euro gets a warning shot of Greek fire

January 6, 2010

Juergen Stark , Germany's ECB executive board member, is well known as a true believer in tight fiscal discipline, so his reported comments in Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore about not bailing Greece out of its financial difficulties are not out of character. But the market reaction must have at least given pause for thought to EU leaders wondering how far to go in coddling their wayward child.