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Today’s Talk Of The Market in Spain

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Amid the hot debate on when the banking union will be wrapped up, market makers are focusing on the main steps already taken: the ECB gets the decision-making power from the European Council and Germany tries to avoid that public money can be used in the transitional period. Link analysts don’t expect major fluctuations today, but they warn investors about some “red lights.” 

 


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What’s the Deal: How to Make the Financial System Safer

WASHINGTON | Via The Next New Deal | Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal (@rorytomb) explains why banks need higher capital standards to prevent another collapse, how much could they fund themselves through equity and the challenges ahead the U.S. financial reform such as the Dodd Frank Act’s progress, inequality and CEO pay.


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Today’s Talk Of The Market In Spain

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Analysts favor Madrid’s new measure of overhauling loan refinancing rules for struggling companies, which will make it easier for those firms to arrange debt-for-equity swaps with their creditors. Also, the expected ECB’s non-move has been widely commented today, expectations cooled down. AFI experts believe the market is starting to assimilate the ECB will definitely seat on its hands unless unless inflation falls below 0.5% or recovery is threatened. Daimler’s amazing sales in China are also catching market makers’ attention today.


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Today’s Talk Of The Market In Spain

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Market makers are weighing in the new open stage in China after first corporate bonds default since Beijing started this kind of asset trade in the late 90’s. Also, Santander and BBVA saw their debt rating boosted by Moody’s.


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Today’s Talk of The Market in Spain

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Relax: Ukraine’s crisis will not spark gas shortages; Abengoa’s yieldco IPO could amount $1bn at Nasdaq.; renewable energies achieve new historic maximum of 59% of overall production and much more…


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China Wants to Grow ‘Reasonably’

China (which grew by 7.7% in 4Q13) wants to pursue a very different strategy in 2014, setting “reasonable growth” as its macroeconomic goal, meaning by that a rate that will support the country’s economic restructuring and upgrading. But such a technical description fails to meet society’s real needs and achievements, and so new alternative models are booming.


A diabolic loop of stagnation

MADRID | By Francisco López |  Spanish banks face into the new era of banking union with their homework successfully completed, both in terms of adjustments and efficiency in the stress tests. Their balance sheets are healthy, although now a new challenge awaits: how to improve profitability in an adverse economic cycle, with rates close to 0% and with credit lending remaining worryingly low. 


Europe missed an opportunity on banking union

ATHENS | By Kostas Karkagiannis at Macropolis | In June 2012, at the height of the debt crisis in the eurozone, its leaders decided to create a banking union. Their aim was, as the conclusions of that summit stated, to: “break the vicious circle between banks and sovereigns.” In this case, the sovereigns were members of the single currency whose economies were suffering.

Kostas Karkagiannis
In June 2012, at the height of the debt crisis in the eurozone, its leaders decided to create a banking union. Their aim was, as the conclusions of that summit stated, to: “break the vicious circle between banks and sovereigns.” In this case, the sovereigns were members of the single currency whose economies were suffering. – See more at: http://www.macropolis.gr/?i=portal.en.the-agora.705&itemId=705#sthash.BG8qRWo5.dpuf


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What do EBA tests reveal, or fail to highlight, about Greek banks?

Macropolis | The European Banking Authority (EBA) disclosed on December 16 the results of a transparency exercise covering 64 European banks from 21 countries. The aim of the exercise was to share updated information based on first half 2013 data about banks’ operations according to uniform benchmarks.

The European Banking Authority (EBA) disclosed on December 16 the results of a transparency exercise covering 64 European banks from 21 countries. The aim of the exercise was to share updated information based on first half 2013 data about banks’ operations according to uniform benchmarks. – See more at: http://www.macropolis.gr/?i=portal.en.economy.699&itemId=699#sthash.rawJn6MF.dpuf