Category Archives: Macro

The Four Minute Solution to the Euro Crisis…

…complete with Dutch subtitles, here’s a video, posted originally on the website http://www.mejudice.nl. It summarises the key conclusions arising from the ‘Roads to Survival’ report about how EMU break-up may be avoided (see my June 5th post). But for now, … Continue reading

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EMU: Fixing it is far cheaper than breaking it

Politicians in the ‘core’ countries of the Eurozone are toying with the idea of Greece leaving EMU, which would risk an exodus of other peripheral members. A new ING report suggests that this could be very costly. It assesses the … Continue reading

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Warped World of Bonds – The Story Continues

A new ING presentation fleshes out and updates the argument set out in the previous ‘Warped World’ report (see below): Forecasters are struggling to cope with heightened political and policy risk (the recent reaction to the ECB’s rhetorical flourishes being … Continue reading

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Bonds in a Warped World, not a ‘New Normal’

In a ING new report entitled ‘The Warped World of Bonds’, I argue that the idea that we might be settling into a ‘new normal’ is fanciful. With the financial crisis still mutating, the valuation basis of the bond markets … Continue reading

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How Can EMU Survive?

Whether or not Greece stays in EMU, the pace of policy change is accelerating. Although the risks are rising, a road to EMU’s survival is possible. ING’s new report sets out three dimensions – reform, reflation and redistribution – along which it might be built. … Continue reading

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Greco-German Games – No Winners

Suddenly the prospect of Greece leaving EMU looks horribly real. True, Greek voters continue to signal their continued enthusiasm for staying in. But this is at odds with their rejection of the austerity that is a precondition for the Eurozone’s … Continue reading

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EMU Break-up: Pay Now, Pay Later

ING’s economics and strategy team has updated its report quantifying the impact of a possible fracture of Europe’s monetary union. emubreakup 011211The revised estimates suggest an even bigger blow to the region’s output: in a complete break-up the loss could … Continue reading

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