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‘No Reason Why Greece Could Not Have Two Currencies’ – A Euro Architect

Today we still use an industrial age monetary construct while we have technologies to do things differently. Greece could create a precedent with a different way of addressing economic problems, says one of the architects of the euro, Bernard Lietaer. RT: You were one of the people who helped bring about the birth of the … Continue reading

Flash Crashes And Swiss Francs: Market Liquidity Takes A Holiday

Financial market liquidity can be fleeting. The ability to trade in assets of any size, at any time and to find a ready buyer is not a given. By José Viñals As discussed in some detail last fall in this blog, a number of factors, including the evolving structure of financial markets and some regulations appear to … Continue reading

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: U.S. Seeks Collaboration With China-Led Infrastructure Bank

The Obama administration, much to its embarrassment, in recent weeks has been spurned by its Western allies that have flocked to the $50 billion Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) — a potential rival to the Western-led IMF and World Bank — despite pleas from the White House to stand back amid concerns that Beijing will extend its influence in the … Continue reading

Roubini: The Negative Way to Growth — Why Are So Many Investors Willing To Lose So Much Money?

By Nouriel Roubini Monetary policy has become increasingly unconventional in the last six years, with central banks implementing zero-interest-rate policies, quantitative easing, credit easing, forward guidance, and unlimited exchange-rate intervention. But now we have come to the most unconventional policy tool of them all: negative nominal interest rates. Such rates currently prevail in the eurozone, Switzerland, … Continue reading

​China And Switzerland To Launch Yuan Trading In Zurich

The central banks of China and Switzerland are planning to establish a yuan trading center in Zurich. The deal is expected to increase the number of European transactions in yuan. The agreement will be signed during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xinhua news agency reports. … Continue reading

Super Rich Gather In Davos To Tackle Shrinking Economy

The world’s most rich and powerful businessmen, heads of state, and even celebrities are gathering in Davos, Switzerland for the 43th annual Davos ‘World Economic Forum’ to discuss business among the glitz and glamor. Monarchs, CEOS, tech billionaires, and musicians descend upon Europe’s highest city January 21-24. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The … Continue reading

Richest 1% To Own More Than Half World’s Wealth By 2016 – Oxfam

As global movers and shakers head to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam is warning that an increasing wealth disparity is “leaving ordinary people voiceless and their interests uncared for.” The collective wealth of the world’s richest 1 percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent of the global population next year, … Continue reading

Making Sense Of The Swiss Shock

By Marcus Brunnermeier & Harold James PRINCETON – Since the European sovereign-debt crisis erupted in 2009, everyone has wondered what would happen if a country left the eurozone. At first, the debate focused on crisis countries – Greece, or maybe Portugal, Spain, or Italy. Then there was a rather hypothetical discussion of what would happen … Continue reading

Goldman Sachs, Hedge Funds Caught On Wrong Side of Swiss Franc Trade

When a central bank move surprises the elite stratosphere and top level banking executives are caught flatfooted, that in itself is news. Goldman Sachs shocked with SNB’s decision Such is apparently the case as the Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) , whose alumni sit in top economic perches around the world, as the investment bank was … Continue reading

What In The World Just Happened In Switzerland? – OpEd

By Michael Snyder Central banks lie.  That is what they do.  Not too long ago, the Swiss National Bank promised that it would defend the euro/Swiss franc currency peg with the “utmost determination”.  But on Thursday, the central bank shocked the financial world by abruptly abandoning it.  More than three years ago, the Swiss National … Continue reading

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