High PIIGS sovereign spreads – opportunity?

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The sovereign risk of Greece as measured by the yield spread between the yield on 10-year government bonds between Greece and Germany sky-rocketed from 200 basis points to the current 584 basis points as the debt crisis in Greece unfolded. Does this represent an opportunity? […]






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Europe’s web of debt

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The amazing diagram in this post comes courtesy of The New York Times and shows the many billions of euros banks and governments in the shaky PIIGS economies owe each other, as well as their even larger debts to Britain, France and Germany. […]






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Face to face with Carmen Reinhart on 800 years of financial crises

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In this post, Aline van Duyn, US Markets Editor of the Financial Times, sits down with Carmen Reinhart, professor of economics at the University of Maryland and co-author of “This Time is Different”, to discuss financial crises and the role of debt and monetary policy. […]






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The unwelcome return of inflation

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One after the other market indices and economic indicators are back at pre-Lehman levels. However, not all these represent good news, notably a component of the ISM Manufacturing Index dealing with the prices of commodities. […]






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Buffett – business is on upswing

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In this post, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett comments on the nation’s attitude towards Wall Street, his annual shareholders’ meeting and his investment in Goldman Sachs. […]






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Fed’s Senior Loan Officer Survey – credit turning favorable

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“The latest Senior Loan Officer Survey of the Fed shows that overall credit market conditions are moving in the desired direction but demand for loans was soft. Loan underwriting standards for large and small firms remained favorable in the second quarter, with a few bankers easing standards,” said Asha Bangalore in this guest post. […]






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