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December 9, 2019

ref :- "Tills ring out for two-term Trump" , Irwin Stelzer's American Account, The Sunday Times Business Section 8/12/19

No, not the UK .... we'll by-pass those much put-upon British voters and their general election on Thursday .... save to say that even if the polls p...

December 4, 2019

ref :- "Sweden to buck trend with interest rate rise" , The Financial Times, International Section

The Riksbank, Sweden's central bank (and the world's oldest, incidentally) , first took its policy rate into negative territory in early 2015. It has been as low as -0.5%,...

December 2, 2019

ref :- "Five Things to Start Your Day" , Bloomberg Markets

Briefly, we'll just point you to two of Bloomberg's five .....

With stock markets regularly posting new record highs against a global backdrop that is not without some pretty threatening clouds, it would be easy...

November 22, 2019

Rest easy .... we're not getting too UK-centric, it just looks that way at first. The truth is that Brexit chaos and the imminent general election that it has spawned make the UK the provider of many of the finest (which is to say, the most extreme) examples of modern...

November 20, 2019

ref: - "HSBC Says British Pound May Soar. Or Crash”, Bloomberg Markets 19/11/19

Regulars will know that as a rule we've tried to avoid the subject of Brexit like the plague, as much as anything else on the grounds that whatever one's point of view on the matter it's jus...

November 14, 2019

ref: - "Tail Risk" by Tommy Stubbington, The Financial Times, Companies and Markets 13/11/19

Apologies for pointing you to a piece that appeared yesterday… we weren't able to get to it then but it's worth a look as it not only ties in pretty neatly with what we were tal...

November 11, 2019

ref :- "Rising Yields Quiet Bond Market's Key Recession Alarm" , The Wall Street Journal

There is, or at least there used to be, a certain image of the gnarled old trader ..... one who's seen it all before and for whom sensible caution has given way to cynicism. Actuall...

October 31, 2019

ref :- All the post-Fed round-ups

"Semantics : the branch of linguistics concerned with the meaning of words" , The OED

Just a quickie today, and to absolutely no one's surprise the US Federal Reserve cut rates by 25 basis points to a band of 1.50 - 1.75% yesterday.  It...

October 29, 2019

ref: - "ECB chief Draghi uses swansong to call for unity”, International Section, The Financial Times

ref: - "Negative rates and the Swedish experience”, Letters, The Financial Times

First up, just a quick reminder that the US Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee begi...

October 14, 2019

ref: - "The world economy's strange new rules”, The Economist, Leader and Special Report

We are just going to point you towards the Economist, which this week puts an examination of how the economic rules have changed front and centre… figuratively and also literally in...

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