Emergency Liquidity Assistance in the Eurozone – Draghi’s Irreversible Euro Put Explained

Last week was not short of volatility with a three party central bank bingo and the nonfarm casino to cap it off. Markets went into the week with extreme expectations and as it became clear that central banks would do nothing concrete, the disappointment loomed.

Still, Draghi seemed to pull yet another rabbit . . . → Read More: Emergency Liquidity Assistance in the Eurozone – Draghi’s Irreversible Euro Put Explained

The perils of European debt crisis: divergence, retreat or decline?

Recent debacle at the summit of Brussels in the midst of the political intervention of the EU leaders to facilitate the institutional agreement between the European countries towards the formation of the European fiscal union has caused not only a long-standing dissolution of the “core countries” of the Eurozone and the UK but, more . . . → Read More: The perils of European debt crisis: divergence, retreat or decline?

ECB/Fed Support for the European Banking System - 750 billion USD, and counting ...

One point that I have been shouting from the proverbial roof tops in my research, to partners and colleagues is that 2012 may well be the year when all major central banks will be conducting both conventional and unconventional monetary easing at the same time. I think this is a very strong testament not . . . → Read More: ECB/Fed Support for the European Banking System – 750 billion USD, and counting …

Occupy That!

Austin Hill, ladies and gentlemen:

Will you allow this question to “occupy” your minds for a moment? Seriously, what would happen to our country if we all chose to do nothing but take up space on “public” property (or even on other people’s private property as some of you have done), consume resources at . . . → Read More: Occupy That!

A Small Price to Pay: $25B And Falling

The Troubled Asset Relief Program will cost taxpayers far less than initially feared, with the new price tag estimate now just in at $25 billion. That according to the Congressional Budget Office report released on Monday.

The nonpartisan group underscored that, “it was not apparent when the TARP was created two years ago that . . . → Read More: A Small Price to Pay: $25B And Falling

Bailout in the Air

With apologies to John Paul Young …

Bailout in the air

Everywhere I look around

Bailout in the air

Every sight and every sound

And I don’t know if it’s just the Irish

Don’t know if we can afford it

But it’s something that I must believe in

And it’s there when I look . . . → Read More: Bailout in the Air

GM’s IPO: A “Smart” Investment?

I finally came around to reviewing some of last week’s news regarding GM’s successful IPO. While this had obviously led to the usual and expected, self-congratulatory verbiage from President Obama and his political allies, others had expressed a bit more caution, and rightly so. With GM stock closing at $34.50 last Thursday (November 19), . . . → Read More: GM’s IPO: A “Smart” Investment?

Governments Riding in to Rescue Firms

What is a government to do when a company faces a near-death situation? In almost all cases, the right answer is to let the company go under: It is not the job of a government to prevent companies from dying. Indeed, creative destruction is central to the proper functioning of capitalism. Capitalism without failure . . . → Read More: Governments Riding in to Rescue Firms

General Motors: “Extraordinary Turnaround”

On Thursday, General Motors Corp. posted its best quarterly profit in six years in one of the clearest signs yet the ailing automaker (and its beleaguered industry) is on a road to recovery.

The record profits were posted slightly more than 12 months after a steep drop-off in sales caused by the financial crisis . . . → Read More: General Motors: “Extraordinary Turnaround”

The Catch 22 of Eurozone Imbalances – Fighting the Debt Snowball

Edward does a nice job to sum up the flurry of the past week which saw the ongoing problems in Greece elevated to a full fledged systemic crisis in the Eurozone economy which, if it ultimately blows, will have ramifications far beyond the borders of the European continent. Being a firm believer in the . . . → Read More: The Catch 22 of Eurozone Imbalances – Fighting the Debt Snowball