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Spain banks ready for a new round of mergers

A new round of mergers amongst Spanish banks could just be round the corner. The Bank of Spain has also added its voice to the market rumours, the “off the record” comments from bank directors and the warnings from international organisations about the sector’s delicate health.

Alexis Tsipras

Tsipras is at his strongest, but for how long?

ATHENS | By Nick Malkoutzis via MacroPolis | Working out how Alexis Tsipras went from anti-austerity crusader to comfortably winning an election while promising to implement the third bailout, and in the process turning a resounding “No” in the July referendum to a humiliating “Yes” a week later, is something that political scientists will study for years to come.


Markets focus on EM weaknesses again

MADRID | July 23, 2015 | By Francisco López | Until just over one year ago, funds with high exposure to emerging economies were the start product. Now the trend has reversed. Investors are rolling back their positions due to the vulnerabilities that present many countries due after the fall in commodities prices, China’s economy slowdown and expectations of US Fed rates hike.

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What Icelandic business practices can (possibly) tell us about China

LONDON | July 13, 2015 | By Sigrún Davídsdóttir | Many controlling shareholders in China have pledged shares as collateral for bank loans – this was a common practice in Iceland up to the October 2008 banking collapse. Now this practice seems to be causing share trading suspensions in China.

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The umpteenth Chinese bubble

BEIJING | July 10, 2015 | By Alberto Lebrón | Can you imagine a country capable of losing, in just three weeks, nearly five times what Greece owes the Troika? Chinese stock markets have lost ten billion yuan. In euros, that is almost one and a half billion, more than Spain’s entire GDP. 


Don’t give up on politics!

MADRID | June 18, 2015 | By Luis Martí | The negotiating tactics of the Greek government can only be understood against the backdrop of an impossible set of electoral promises –impossible, that is, unless the government gained access to an unlimited inflow of financial resources from abroad at no charge. This not being the case, President Tsipras has to act within a constrained framework. 


Cheap euro boosts Spanish exports

MADRID | May 22, 2015 | By Francisco López | The Spanish economy is beating new records mainly thanks to external factors. According to the latest data, exports of goods totalled €23.2 billion in March, the best monthly figure since 1971. The euro price fall has been crucial.

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Are copper prices signalling an improvement in global manufacturing?

The Corner | May 19, 2015 | Copper prices were back above $6,300/t in April for the first time in 2015. Since this commodity is used in so many industries, it is crucial to know if this move will be sustained and send a positive signal to global manufacturers or it is only driven by a speculative market.