News by tag: Central Banks


Athens, welcome back to the (bond) market

Greece plans to issue bonds next week for the first time in three years, according to news reports. Rumors had circulated that the country would make a return to debt markets early this week. But the government pushed back the date of its five-year bond issue to next week to avoid higher borrowing costs, according to Greece’s Kathimerini newspaper. Since the weekend, the country’s bond prices have risen as investors hope the proceeds will strengthen Greece’s finances.

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Price Discovery Lost

The manipulation of the prices of precious metals is already well-known, and even so no criminal proceedings have been undertaken against the central banks, which also buy stocks. This has had as a consequence that the prices of equities are at the moment artificially high. Investors should take profits now.

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Greece step back from austerity, sets to leave EU blacklist

The EU recommended on Wednesday that three times bailed-out Greece has made enough progress in balancing its budget to be removed from special oversight of government spending. The move is a further boost for Athens days after it secured a fresh tranche of cash from its latest bailout to meet crucial debt payments and avoid a fresh crisis. 

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EU Commission approved MPS bailout, Bank cuts 5500 jobs

The European Commission approved a €5.4 billion ($6.1 billion) state bailout of Italy’s Monte dei Paschi bank on Tuesday, allowing the Italian government to recapitalize and restructure the troubled lender. The gereen light came after the in-principle accord reached on June 1 by Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.  The European Union’s executive arm said in a statement that it had approved the capital injection into Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, or MPS, under the bloc’s state aid and bank resolution rules after the lender agreed to undergo a drastic restructuring.

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London exit: Frankfurt picks up the role of financial hub in Europe

Germany's financial hub, Frankfurt, is trying to attract its share of the Brexit-driven banker exodus from London by appealing to "risk takers" working in the financial sector. The UK is widely expected to lose financial passporting rights after its EU exit, which would represent a huge blow to its financial services industry. The EU's passporting rules allow businesses to sell services across the union from anywhere within it and only require companies to be regulated in one country, rather than everywhere they operate.

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China Central Bank exploring blockchain technology

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), is working on a prototype of a cryptocurrency that it could end up in circulation in the near future. Hovewer, there is currently no timetable for this, and the bank seems to be proceeding cautiously. It would be introduced alongside the China’s primary currency the renminbi. China will be simulating possible scenarios and running mock transactions using the cryptocurrency with some commercial Chinese banks. 

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The new 50 swiss franc is the best currency note of the year

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Swiss National Bank to receive its prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2016. With almost 120 new banknotes released worldwide during 2016, over half were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for nomination. The Swiss note only narrowly beat the Maldive Islands 1000 Rufiyaa bill, Argentina’s 500 Peso jaguar, and the Royal Bank of Scotland’s 5 Pound first polymer note.

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The Great Gold Price Scandal (by W. Snyder)

Manipulation of the gold price has been going on for decades, and no one has gone to prison or been fined. Price discovery in the gold market has been eliminated. This is scandalous.

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Stocks or Bonds? (by W. Snyder)

In the good old days investors could keep their portfolios balanced with 60% in bonds and 40% in stocks

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How high is high? (by W. Snyder)

“Buy low, sell high” is what investors would like to do, but many “Sell low, buy high”, which is what they should not do. This Newsletter recently recommended selling as opposed to buying. The last week has seen even higher highs in the US markets.

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Semptember 2015
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    Regulierung – seit der Finanzkrise prägt der Ruf nach mehr Kontrolle das Banking: Wegen regulator

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    Die Fonds-Konferenz der SKSF ist eine wichtige, branchenspezifische Plattform für Wissens- und Erfa

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    2 evenings to find out about the latest from the digital industry & 2 days to find ideas and to crea

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    ICDA will return this year to its alpine home for the 38th Bürgenstock Meeting.

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    The objective of the Conference is to bring together all the diverse stakeholdersinterested in a pol

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