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The European Central Bank is the Death Star of the euro

By Nuño Rodrigo | www.cincodias.com | It is remarkable the swiftness with which the markets have amortised the bailout plan for the Spanish banking sector. But it is no surprise; the markets have their own stimulus, reward and learning mechanisms, and when an event appears repeatedly, the process rolls out ever quicker. The Greek bailout anaesthetised the markets for some months; the Irish did the same for some weeks; the…


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“For Spain is either a bad bank or an outright intervention”

By Tania Suárez, in Madrid | Gabriel Montalto is general manager in Spain at Hanseatic Brokerhouse. In a conversation with The Corner, he pointed out that the European Central Bank should finish with the liquidity injections as soon as possible. Montalto also remarked that is doubtful that Germany decides to change its policy of austerity. Do you think the euro zone is already in recession? According to the data we are…


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LTRO? Credit to the private sector frozen in the whole euro zone last January

By Tania Suárez, in Madrid | Today is the day: petitioners will submit their requests in the second Long-Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO) by the European Central Bank. On Wednesday the auction will be carried out, and the money will be distributed. Most experts estimate an amount slightly lower than the one expected by Mario Draghi (over €500 billion), and many see the LTRO with a positive feeling. However, the fact…


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US apprehension over Greece

NEW YORK | The US are anxious over Greece. Wall Street fell on Wednesday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its biggest one-day decline this year. Treasury 10-year note yields traded below 2 percent as European leaders work on an eventual €130 billion financial bailout for Athens at their next meeting on February 20. Investors did not hide their worries:  “As much as we’d like to ignore Greece and…


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A week on Eurobonds

When all you can quote from those who apparently warm up to the prospect of euro zone’s bonds is this… “It’s imperfect and it would be difficult,” says Simon Tilford of the Centre for European Reform, a London think tank. “But it’s much less destructive, economically and politically,” than watching the euro collapse, he says. Although, that wouldn’t be accurate. There is this letter from the co-director at Coimbra Centre…