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Markets & Economy » Greece: Would a Grexit Actually Happen?

January 12, 2015 | International Markets

Greece continues to be a thorn in the side of its European brethren entering 2015. With the Greek parliament failing to elect a new president on December 29 in a third round of voting, the country will hold a snap general election on January 25. Syriza – a leftist party that denounces the …

Markets & Economy » Japan: New News, or More of the Same?

December 19, 2014 | International Markets

The last few months have marked a period of surprise headlines and rapid news flow out of Japan. On October 31, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) unexpectedly expanded its quantitative easing (QE) program, raising the ceiling of its annual asset purchases to ¥80 trillion ($730 billion) from the previous …

Markets & Economy » The Bank of England’s Balancing Act

July 21, 2014 | International Markets

The United Kingdom (U.K.) has recently been a subject of increased attention in the media and investment circles. An improving economy—particularly relative to its Eurozone neighbors—has provided a reason for optimism among economists and investors alike. However, rapidly rising home prices and …

Markets & Economy » What Could Unorthodox Monetary Policy Signal for the Eurozone?

June 30, 2014 | International Markets

While financial conditions in the Eurozone have been broadly improving as sovereign and bank funding channels have opened up over the last two years, consumer and producer prices in the economy have continued to be weak. Recent months in particular have seen inflation data come in well below …

Markets & Economy » Germany: A Step in the Wrong Direction?

May 13, 2014 | International Markets

For a number of years, the German economy has enjoyed a strong competitive position relative to its Eurozone peers. Factors such as a stable political environment, high levels of innovation and research and development (R&D) spending, a well-educated and skilled labor force, attractive unit labor …

Markets & Economy » Renzi Ambitions On Italian Reform

April 29, 2014 | International Markets

Italy has been one of the best performing stock markets year-to date. This is due in large part to the aggressive, pro-growth reform agenda laid forth by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Having formed an agreement between his own Democratic Party and the center-right Forza Italia, Renzi has brought …


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