Tag Archives: ECB

Brexit

The reality of Brexit unleashes a flood of questions, most of which cannot be answer for quite a while. The near term consequences of the UK’s exit from the European Union will depend on the details of the divorce, which … Continue reading

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Greece: What should its creditors do now?

Following Sunday’s NO vote in Greece, what ever that might have meant, it is tempting to tell Greece to get lost and be done with them. Aside from the unseemly lack of compassion for our suffering fellow man, the further … Continue reading

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Emergency Economic Summit for Greece

I just returned from a conference in Athens on the Greek economy. Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s controversial Finance Minister, gave the (almost) final presentation to the 500 attendees making his usual point that Greece is insolvent not illiquid, meaning that its … Continue reading

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Greece, Debt, and Parenting

If you are a parent, you may have experienced something like the following: Son number 1 and his children live in a much nicer home than you did at his age. It is the biggest house he could qualify to … Continue reading

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My Key stories of the world in 2014

Twenty fourteen was a busy year for the planet and in general a rather unhappy time. But believing as I do that when the pendulum swings too far in one direction (big brother) it swings back (personal freedom), I am … Continue reading

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Printing Money

Isn’t that just printing money?  Here is a quick, and hopefully simple, primer on what central banks do. Central banks print money. They are responsible for issuing a country’s legal tender (banknotes and bank deposits with the central bank) and … Continue reading

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Cyprus: Bailing in and capital controls

Three European countries with oversized banking sectors have suffered major bank failures. Two of them are in the Euro Zone (Ireland and Cyprus) and one has its own currency (Iceland). Iceland and Cyprus imposed temporary capital controls, while Ireland did … Continue reading

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