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The Corner has a team of on-the-ground reporters in capital cities ranging from New York to Beijing. Their stories are edited by the teams at the Spanish magazine Consejeros (for members of companies’ boards of directors) and at the stock market news site Consenso Del Mercado (market consensus). They have worked in economics and communication for over 25 years.
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Occupy LSE Sunday Quotes’ Fest

We've selected some comments from public remarks published on social websites by demonstrators and observers of this weekend's globalised protests against the financial state of things. @Izaakson: Occupying the London Stock Exchange twitpic.com/70npad #occupy Sophie Payne What books on economics should we read? Mises and Hayek? Are we allowed to educate ourselves by reading Keynes or Galbraith? Or even…Marx? DMReporter PROTEST: Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters vow to give up worldly possessions and close their bank…


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Bond markets are (sort of) open to peripheral issuers

Iberdrola and Telecom Italia were on Thursday able to issue debt in the primary market, in bonds for a total amount of €600mn at four years and €750mn  at five years, respectively. According to analysts at Banco Santander “issuers took advantage of a perhaps passing opportunity to place debt, long before the critical dates of the European Counci


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A very Chinese affair

How To Get Your Ex girlfriend Back From Barclays Capital | China's sovereign-wealth fund stepped in Monday to buy shares of the country's battered banks, which have been caught in a selloff that analysts say reflects a broader loss of trust in the integrity of corporate earnings and government statistics. The skepticism of investors comes as China has become increasingly exposed to global markets, largely through stock listings of its…


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Agencies trust Botín more than Spain

From Spain's best-seller newspaper El País | The rating agencies consider Banco Santander's solvency stronger than that of the Spanish state. Until now, the ratings given by credit agencies were slightly higher for the debt issued by the Kingdom of Spain than for the bonds issued by the bank that Emilio Botín presides. But the two step downgrade announced on Monday by Fitch, the third largest agency, tilts the balance…


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Merkel & Sarkozy Sunday Quotes' Fest

Doom: “With the turmoil threatening to spiral into financial meltdown as the value of banks' sovereign bond holdings slide, Merkel and Sarkozy are likely to discuss in Berlin both how to manage Greece, prevent contagion and strengthen lenders.” Gloom: “German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy amid signs that some European banks are feeling the strain of the lingering debt crisis which has pushed Greece to the brink…


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Merkel & Sarkozy Sunday Quotes’ Fest

Doom: “With the turmoil threatening to spiral into financial meltdown as the value of banks' sovereign bond holdings slide, Merkel and Sarkozy are likely to discuss in Berlin both how to manage Greece, prevent contagion and strengthen lenders.” Gloom: “German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy amid signs that some European banks are feeling the strain of the lingering debt crisis which has pushed Greece to the brink…


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BoE, ECB prepare field for the unstoppable Greek default

At Bankinter, analysts expect markets to register a further downward move in the coming weeks. In fact, they believe that markets right now “are probably too excited by the prospects of a coordinated and positive outcome for the euro zone. In reality, the only tangible factor one could be led by to optimism is the fact that the ECB has some unconventional measures taken, but these are not decisive in…


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The Guardian and NY Times wonder: “Where's Spain's Law of Transparency?”

From the Spanish newspaper El Mundo | During the last three years, the Spanish government has lashed out against the markets, the speculators, the rating agencies and even against the Anglo-Saxon press because of the ‘distorted image’ it believes they present of Spain and its economy. Spain’s financial minister and deputy president Elena Salgado, and the Secretary of State for the Economy José Manuel Campa have repeatedly had to travel…


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The Guardian and NY Times wonder: “Where’s Spain’s Law of Transparency?”

From the Spanish newspaper El Mundo | During the last three years, the Spanish government has lashed out against the markets, the speculators, the rating agencies and even against the Anglo-Saxon press because of the ‘distorted image’ it believes they present of Spain and its economy. Spain’s financial minister and deputy president Elena Salgado, and the Secretary of State for the Economy José Manuel Campa have repeatedly had to travel…


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JP Morgan to long-term investor: stock markets return to 30-year trend line

According to JP Morgan, taking the last 30 years, it appears evident that the S&P500 has an average annual return of 7.5%, which makes sense considering an average annual inflation of 3.5% coupled with an average GDP increase of 3% (as an average of the cycles), plus a modest risk premium added. “The greatest deviations in the last 30 years from this trend occurred during the tech bubble and the credit…