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May 31, 2018

ref :- "Italy Bonds Rise for Second Day as President Waits on Populists" , Bloomberg Markets

The answer to the question is : "No, it wasn't a dream .... or if it was, it's likely to be a recurring one." Today sees a second day of recovery after Tuesday's panic over Ital...

May 29, 2018

ref :- "Italy's deadlock sets the stage for a battle over the Eurozone" , Opinion by Tony Barber, The Financial Times.

The trouble with trying to point readers to a particular article or two is that on a morning like this things are moving so fast that they're out of da...

May 25, 2018

ref :- Various

It's been quite a ride, and traders in the US and UK will think they probably deserve the upcoming long weekend ..... depending which side of the Atlantic you are, Monday is Memorial Day / the Spring Bank Holiday in those two countries respectively.


May 24, 2018

ref :- "Currency crisis worsens Erdogan siege mentality" , The Financial Times, International Section

What exactly constitutes a "currency crisis" ?  Mmmm...... a good question and to be frank we're not sure that there is a simple definition. Whatever the answer is thou...

May 22, 2018

ref :- Various

We hope that it comes as no surprise that things can move pretty quickly in markets. They moved pretty quickly yesterday .... we'd only just got round to examining what a populist coalition is doing to Italy's markets when further moves meant that our obs...

May 21, 2018

ref :- "Italy waits to find out who its new Prime Minister will be" , Bloomberg Markets

Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Silvini, leaders of the anti-establishment Five Star and the far-right League parties respectively, are off to see Italian President Sergio Matarella today....

May 16, 2018

ref :- The Financial Times, Markets and Investing Section

Louis Armstrong used to sing about having "so little time, so much to do" ..... we know how he felt. There's really quite a lot to take in this morning, but we'll just point you towards the FT's Markets and Inves...

May 14, 2018

ref :- "It is too soon to mock Argetina's century bond" , The Financial Times, Markets and Investing, 11/5/18

ref :- "How Argentina went from selling 100-year bonds to an IMF rescue in a matter of months" , QUARTZ (qz.com) 12/5/18

Oh dear, it all looked so optimistic, to...

May 11, 2018

ref :- "Here's What Oil at $70 Means for the World Economy" Bloomberg Markets

Given its importance and our own fascination with the oil market over many years, it comes as a bit of a surprise to be reminded that we've focused very little on its recent journey to higher...

May 10, 2018

ref :- "Stormy weather from the US is creating headwinds for EM economies" , Markets Insight by John Authers, The Financial Times

see also :- "In a Dollarized World, a Rising Dollar Spells Pain" , Wall St Journal May 9th 2018

Was there ever a time when the world wasn't l...

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