Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 MST

Category: Eurozone

Silver takes first prize . . .

as precious metals surge, says the Financial Times, July 7, 2016. In a glowing report, the Times noted that while “Gold has done predictably well in the wake of Brexit. . . The real star of the show has been silver.”  In dollars, silver is up 16% since the Brexit vote but is up 45%

ECB to stop printing €500 notes

In what is being reported as an effort to impede criminal activity and terrorism, the European Central Bank announced that it will discontinue issuing €500 notes around the end of 2018.  However, the ECB was quick to affirm that the €500 notes already in circulation “will remain legal tender and . . . always retain

Draghi doubles down

Mario Draghi, ECB chief, again reaffirmed his pledge to print more euros next month in a Keynesian effort to fillip economic activity in the eurozone. In December, the ECB’s measures fell short of market expectations, and stock markets declined. This time Draghi does not plan to disappoint.

The Riksbank’s dilemma

To Keynesians, easy solutions reside for monetary and economic problems. When the economy is in recession, deficit spend. When inflation heats up (meaning rising prices, which the developed world hasn’t seen for some time), choke back the money supply. Problems solved. Recessions are averted; inflation is held in check. So, if “managing” the economy is

QE is here to stay. . .

. . . said Mario Draghi, ECB president, in a speech to Wall Street investors in New York Friday. Only the day before, the ECB had announced its QE plans for the Eurozone, which investors immediately deemed insufficient and stocks declined. Rushing to defend his plan for further money creation and asset buying, Draghi made

Greek banks prepare for “bail-in”

In the financial news, nothing is getting more attention than Greece’s financial plight. In short, Greece cannot meet its debt payments schedule without further assistance from the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, both of which want a more strident austerity program than the present one that has already brought the people of

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