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Trying to predict how exchange rates will evolve during the rest of the year is a futile exercise. For different reasons, the world’s major central banks are all doing their best to weaken their own currencies. Summary <i>In the United States, the Federal Reserve is having second thoughts about resetting ...
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Europe’s leaders have failed to solve the structural problems revealed by the crisis of 2008. Nor have they grappled with issues that have emerged in recent years. Examples include high public debt, the stock market bubble and distorted risk perceptions caused by the eurozone’s artificially low interest rates. For now, the situation has stabilized. Financial market...
Italian politics is dominated by the party in power as its rivals fail to make any impression on national politics. But Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has failed to capitalise on his strength and introduce much-needed economic reforms. As he enjoys his power, Italy continues to drift and could be in deep trouble if the days of cheap money end in Europe.
The European Central Bank will make monthly purchases of mostly sovereign bonds worth 60 billion euros from March 2015 onwards until at least September 2016 - a total of more than one trillion euros. This was expected and is welcomed by financial markets and many politicians. But will it help boost Europe’s economy and encourage structural reform in the EU, and who...
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
French President Francois Hollande, the country’s most unpopular president in modern history, has introduced changes to cut red tape for business and workers. But while 100 changes have been made to the 400,000 ‘norms’ - the rules, regulations and directives – the vast majority remain, damaging entrepreneurial spirit and the opportunity for economic growth. So is M...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin