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Aug 6, 2015

Crisis, what crisis? say tourists flocking to Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) – At London’s Heathrow Airport, a traveler to Greece is offered a deal by Aegean Airlines: the flight is booked solid, take a different flight and get 400 euros ($440) and a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in Europe.

Some hours later in Athens, a long queue moves slowly forward to passport control, while smiling but harried officials shout out “Santorini”, “Mytilene” and the names of other sun-drenched Greek destinations as they try to herd tourists quickly toward connecting flights.

Aug 5, 2015

Greek bank shares plunge for third day, drag down broader market

ATHENS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Greek bank shares sold off sharply
for the third day in a row on Wednesday with buyers yet to
emerge on a scale large enough to counter continued dumping of
the stocks.

The losses follow a 50 percent plunge in the bank sub-index
over the previous two sessions and dragged down the wider Athens
market, where non-financials were generally outperforming banks.

Aug 4, 2015

Greek market divides as banks sink, other shares rise

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s banking stocks plunged for the second day in a row on Tuesday, holding down the main Athens index which otherwise looked as if it was turning the corner after the previous day’s record rout.

With lenders in dire need of recapitalisation after a flight of euros from deposits for most of this year, the banking index was down more than 29 percent, bumping up against the 30 percent daily loss limit at which trading is halted. It hit that limit on Monday.

Aug 4, 2015

Greece’s financial woes see banking stocks plunge again

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s banking stocks plunged for the second day in a row on Tuesday, dragging the main Athens index down in a graphic illustration of the country’s financial and economic woes.

There were signs, however, that the rout that took 8 billion euros off the market on Monday may be ending as already historically low valuations fall to levels at which investors start moving back in.

Aug 3, 2015

War, invasion, coups and finances have prompted Greek stock closures

ATHENS (Reuters) – When Greece shut its stock market in late June it was far from a unique occurrence. Financial issues have plagued Greece, but the history of closures on the 139-year old bourse is also the history of war, invasion, coups and natural disasters.

It reflects the complex story of modern Greece, which has struggled to develop against a wave of outside and self-inflicted setbacks since gaining the first foothold of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Aug 3, 2015

Greeks brace for stock market carnage after five-week shutdown

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will take another step away from full-on crisis mode on Monday by opening its stock market for the first time in five weeks, although immediate heavy losses are expected.

Trading on the Athens bourse was suspended in late June as part of capital controls imposed to stem a debilitating outflow of euros that threatened to collapse Greece’s banks and hurl the indebted country out of the euro zone.

Jul 20, 2015
via MacroScope

Interest rates hikes are not done and dusted


The U.S. and British central banks are scrambling to be the first of the majors to raise interest rates after a long period of unprecedented monetary generosity. It won’t happen immediately but both Janet Yellen, who chairs the U.S. Federal Reserve, and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney say there will be a hike this year (Yellen) or around the end of the year (Carney). Might this be a bit of a rush? Not everything in the world economy is as sanguine as the U.S. and British economies purport to be.

In the euro zone, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has promised rock-bottom interest rates for the foreseeable future and pledged to see through the bank’s monthly 60 billion euro asset purchases until September next year. In Asia, China’s policymakers are struggling to contain stock market mayhem that could still undermine attempts to reverse a growth slowdown. Japan is still embarked on a massive quantitative easing asset-buying programme and has just cut its growth outlook.

Jul 17, 2015

Distraction of Greece aside, is all well with the world economy?

LONDON (Reuters) – The race is on between the U.S. and British central banks to be the first major economy to raise interest rates after a long period of unprecedented monetary generosity.

It won’t happen immediately but both Janet Yellen, who chairs the U.S. Federal Reserve, and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signaled in the past week that higher rates are close.

Jul 14, 2015

Europe fails to rid itself of deflation threat

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) – Europe is failing to shake off
the threat of deflation, with prices falling in Sweden,
flat-lining in Britain and barely registering any increase in
Germany and Italy.

Data on Tuesday underlined that central banks across the
continent are making little headway in boosting inflation
despite flooding their economies with cash through rock-bottom
interest rates and/or outright money-printing.

Jun 9, 2015
via MacroScope

Grexit and Brexit


There is one day to go before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is supposed to meet EU bigwigs in a push for a political agreement on cash-for-reforms. Oneᅠglitch, though: the EU has only just received Tsipras’s new proposal, one that was supposed to have been  handed over on Friday. Germanyメs Angela Merkel, Franceメs Francois Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are not being given much time to prepare for their chat with the Greek leader.

Juncker, formerly as about as close to a Tsipras supporter as you could find in the EU, was  very annoyed at the delay. So much so that he refused a telephone call from the Greek  premier last week.

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