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Euro Basis Swaps Keep Diving

acting-man.com / by Pater Tenebrarum / March 27, 2015

An Accelerating Trend

While the euro itself has recovered a bit from its worst levels in recent sessions, euro basis swaps have fallen deeper into negative territory. In order to bring the current move into perspective, we show a long term chart below that includes the […]

Treasury Collateral Shortage Crosses The Atlantic, Makes European Landfall

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/26/2015 20:30

In “How The ECB Is Distorting Euro Money Markets” we summarized Barclays take on the effects of ECB QE as follows: “short-end core paper will trade below -0.20%, extreme supply/demand imbalances will cause general collateral rates to trade through the depo rate, money market fund yields […]

The 10 Things Germany Needs To Do To Save The Eurozone (And Itself)

zerohedge.com / by Daniuel Stelter via The Globalist.com / 03/26/2015 11:01

The political pressure on Germany is rising in Europe. The country faces a choice: Continue business as usual or change the strategy?

Only the latter option may give it real influence on shaping the future course of economic and political affairs in Europe. Playing […]

One Month After Austria’s Black Swan Shocker, The ECB Quietly Asks Banks to “Detail Their Exposure”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/26/2015 10:36

Nearly a month after the Hype Alpe Adria bad bank Heta Asset Resolution “unexpectedly” imploded under a house of non-GAAP and misreported cards, and which led to only the second European creditor bail-in after Cyprus in what until then was considered the safest European nation, unleashing a […]

Futures Tumble As Yemen War Starts; Oil, Gold Surges

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/26/2015 07:18 -0400

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, this morning’s futures reaction to last night’s shocking start of a completely unexpected Yemen proxy war, which has seen an alliance of Gulf State launch an air, and soon land, war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, is what one would […]

Draghi’s ECB: Quantitative Easing or Cash for Trash?

wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / March 25, 2015

Bloomberg News is carrying an article today that raises the question as to whether cash for trash may be the comeback kid at the European Central Bank. That, in turn, leads to speculation as to how long it will be before the […]

Consoldiation Flavor of the Day

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / March 25, 2015

The US dollar continues to consolidate in uninspiring activity. There is little technical indication that the downside correction is over. At the same time, US interest rates remain softer, and today’s durable goods orders report is not expected to give the dollar bulls much help. […]

“All the Eurozone Is Capable of Is ‘Stealing’ Growth from Others”

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter • March 24, 2015

The Eurozone’s recovery is now blazing forward into practically uncharted territory. Just today we learned that Eurozone business activity in March, as measured by the Composite PMI, which includes manufacturing and services, showed moderate growth that hit a 46-month high. It was fueled by new orders. […]

Exciting Job Opportunity: ECB Is Hiring “Fire Expert”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/24/2015 18:00

As demonstrated by Monday’s bail in “celebration” in Cyprus and more poignantly by the Blockupy protests in which clashes between police and protesters briefly turned Frankfurt into 1965-era Watts last Wednesday, being a central banker in Europe is becoming a dangerous job. Fortunately, you can help […]

Screws Tighten: ECB Forbids Greek Banks From Buying More Debt; ECB Exposure to Greece Tops €100 Billion; Greece Out of Cash by April 20

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / March 24, 2015

ECB Denies it is Blackmailing Greece

Yesterday, Mario Draghi Hit Back at QE Hawks and denied the ECB was blackmailing Greece.

Critics of QE, such as Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann and the head of the Dutch central bank, Klaas Knot, argue the policy, which helps lower […]

Lifestyles Of The Not So Austere & Socialist: Island Villa Edition

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/24/2015 10:41

Two weeks ago Twitter got a gift when Yanis Varoufakis posed for a Paris Match photo shoot which depicted the Greek FinMin living a not-very-austere looking lifestyle. While the pictures didn’t show Varoufakis being chauffeured around in any Rolls Royces, they did include one shot of […]

23/3/15: Deflation… Dumbflation… It’s Real Purchasing Power That Matters

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / by Constantin Gurdgiev / March 23, 2015

I have written in the recent past about the bogus debate surrounding the ‘threat of deflation’ in the euro area. You can see my view on this here in the context of Ireland: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2015/02/27215-deflation-and-retail-sales.html and here in the broader context: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2015/02/18215-inflation-expectations-and.html.

And now Bloomberg weighs in […]

Don’t Show Stanley Fischer This Chart

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/23/2015 12:32

Careful to follow the status quo’s meme, Fed vice-Chair Stanley Fischer just uttered the following…

FISCHER SAYS DOLLAR’S RISE ALSO REFLECTS RELATIVE U.S. STRENGTH

Which is odd because a) Jim Bullard said this morning that it was ECB QE that was responsible for the strong dollar; […]

Fed Vice-Chair Stan Fischer Explains What Yellen Really Meant Last Week – Live Feed

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/23/2015 12:20

With the world now convinmced that Janet Yellen is as dovish as she has ever been on rate hikes, today comes the first post-FOMC speech. None other than Vice-chair Stanley Fischer is due to address The Economic Club of New York on the topic of “Monetary-policy lessons […]

Dumping American Junk in Europe, Draghi Asked for it

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter • March 20, 2015

This is just the beginning, a new trend that may well turn into the next craze. ECB President Mario Draghi, in his infinite wisdom, asked for it: he’d driven the ECB deposit rate deeper into the negative, to -0.2%, and has promised to buy €60 […]

Which European National Central Bank Is Most Likley To Become Insolvent, And What Happens Then?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/20/2015 15:37

In the aftermath of the ECB’s QE announcement one topic has received far less attention than it should: the unexpected collapse of risk-sharing across the Eurosystem as a precursor to QE. This is what prompted “gold-expert” Willem Buiter of Citigroup to pen an analysis titled “The […]

Recent Economic Data Shows the Good Side of Deflation

mises.org / Edin Mujagic / MARCH 20, 2015

The Fed, the ECB, and the Bank of England repeatedly tell us that deflation is extremely dangerous for an economy. Central bankers, most economists, and the media speak of deflation as one of the greatest disasters that can strike an economy.

It is stunning then, given […]

Gold Prices Will Hit Record On Surging Asian Demand, ANZ Says

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/19/2015 20:00

With Japan all set to become the sole owner of Japanese government bonds and equity ETFs and with ECB officials explicitly promising to print euros until the market finally gives up and submits to “monetary dominance,” the utility of owning a barbarous yellow relic may […]

March Update: ECB Starts Printing, Fed Ponders Rates

silverseek.com / Peter Spina / March 18, 2015

The US Dollar mounted a huge rally breaking through the 100 index level last month as the Euro sank closer to parity with the US Dollar.

Last week the ECB began its quantitative easing program and this week the FOMC met and signaled a delay in […]

After Pillaging Pensions, Greece Raids Utilities To Repay Troika; Bonds Plunge As Bank Run Accelerates

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/19/2015 11:40

Following yesterday’s news that the ECB is now running simulations on what a Grexit would mean for Greek bond prices (spoiler alert: “fundamentals” suggest a 95% loss), overnight we got more confirmation that Mario Draghi continues to tighten the screws on the Greek sovereign corpse, when Bloomberg […]