It’s all Greek

By Mike Peacock
November 4, 2013

The EU/IMF/ECB troika is due to return to Athens to resume a review of Greece’s bailout after some sparring over budget measures.

A question of liquidity

By Mike Peacock
October 31, 2013

The Federal Reserve’s decision to keep printing dollars at an unchanged rate, mirrored by the Bank of Japan sticking with its massive stimulus programme, should have surprised nobody.

Italy versus Spain

By Mike Peacock
October 30, 2013

Italy will auction up to 6 billion euros of five- and 10-year bonds after two earlier sales this week saw two-year and six-month yields drop to the lowest level in six months. Don’t be lulled into thinking all is well.

Beware the bias in euro zone forecasts (again)

October 29, 2013

Next time you ask an economist a question about the euro zone, be sure to enquire where their head office is based.

Spanish sums

By Mike Peacock
October 29, 2013

Spanish third quarter GDP figures tomorrow are likely to confirm the Bank of Spain’s prediction that the euro zone’s fourth largest economy has finally put nine quarters of contraction behind it, albeit with growth of just 0.1 percent.

The Italian Job

By Mike Peacock
October 28, 2013

Italy has dropped out of the spotlight a little following the protracted political soap opera surrounding Silvio Berlusconi. But it remains perhaps the euro zone’s most dangerous flashpoint.

Humdrum summit

By Mike Peacock
October 24, 2013

A two-day EU summit kicks off in Brussels hamstrung by the lack of a German government.

Stress, stress, stress

By Mike Peacock
October 23, 2013

The European Central Bank will announce the methodology which will underpin the stress tests of about 130 big European banks next year.

Forever blowing bubbles?

By Mike Peacock
October 22, 2013

UK finance minister George Osborne is speaking at a Reuters event today, Bank of England Deputy Governor Charlie Bean addresses a conference and we get September’s public finance figures. For Osborne, there are so many question to ask but Britain’s frothy housing market is certainly near the top of the list.

How many politicians does it take to change a government?

By Mike Peacock
October 17, 2013

Talks between Angela Merkel’s CDU and the centre-left SPD will resume on forming a German grand coalition but any agreement is probably weeks away yet.