Czech Floods: Little Effect on GDP

The recent floods that swept the Czech Republic exerted a heavy toll on property and infrastructure, shutting the Prague Metro, regional roads, train service, and shipping routes along the Elbe River. The floods also exacerbated concerns over the recovery prospects of the Czech economy, which is experiencing its second recession in four years. The flood […]

Worst of the Eurozone Crisis Is Not Over Yet

All is relatively quiet in the eurozone these days – or at least that is what you might think, speaking to portfolio managers over the past few months. German chancellor Angela Merkel has visited Greece, Ireland has re-entered the bond markets and the ECB’s balance sheet is in play for Spain and Italy, so what […]

September Will Be a Doozy Again This Year

Before you take off for your August holiday, you should probably be aware of what you’ll be coming back to in the eurozone (EZ) in September (warning: the following may make you decide not to come back). For the second September in a row, developments in the EZ have the potential to be highly dramatic, […]

ECB Will Build a Bridge…But to Where?

All eyes are on the ECB governing council meeting on August 2nd to see exactly what Mario Draghi meant last week when he pledged that the ECB would preserve the euro. The way the markets have rallied off the back of this statement, it seems that investors think that the ECB is poised to intervene […]

A Spanish Bailout? Don’t Hold Your Breath

From the guardian: It is a rule of thumb among eurozone crisis observers that the more something is denied by officials, the more likely it is to happen. With Spain’s borrowing costs at euro-area record highs, its officials insist it will not need a full bailout programme. To most of us, however, it seems no longer […]

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