Category Archives: Issues

Policy issues, loosely group by subject

Severing Ties

“Severing ties with sovereigns is easy. Happens all the time here, when a client forgets to take it off…” – anonymous guillotine operator, Paris 1789 Advertisements

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Collect call – a visit by creditors goes horribly wrong

The markets payed a call on Europe but the masters of the house, Cindeurella and the Prince, were both on vacation at different low cost beaches. They were ushered to a waiting room by the doorman, an impressive gentleman of … Continue reading

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Euro debt relief relay race: last runner crashed by the baton!

After an heroic resistance, the ECB has finally had to capitulate and reach (once again) beyond its constitutional mandate, by restarting its Securities Markets Program, this time to acquire Spanish and Italian bonds in the market.

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Euro debt haircuts: a question of style

Cindeurella needs a radical change of lifestyle and, as any girl worth her iphone knows, the crucial hurdle is getting the right haircut. A properly styled girl will come by anything she needs, effortlessly. And a girl can need a lot…

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Nuclear: too expensive to bother

The tragedy at Fukushima has sunk a territory named the “island of fortune” into a dark futuristic nightmare, compounding three other catastrophes that successively hit the region (a monster earthquake and a tsunami, followed by an unseasonal blizzard)

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A recurring impossibility

Esau sold his birthright for a dish of lentils. It seems we will throw it to the garbage against a false promise of somewhat cheaper electricity.

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Spanish saving banks: the dark night of the (faithless) souls

Knowing that much depends on confidence on the side of the markets, the Bank of Spain took a much protracted measure on February and lifted a bit the veil that covers the assets of Spain’s financial system. Some details were … Continue reading

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The gain of Spain goes mainly down the drain

OK, you got me: I know I am by my own rules supposed  to start these posts with a (supposedly) funny cartoon, but it so happens that drawing takes a lot of time. Sometimes it cannot be found and, worse, … Continue reading

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The twitter financial reforms

From Egypt to Italy, autocrats in the Mediterranean fringe are being challenged by risings dubbed  by the media the “Twitter revolutions”. I, for one, have serious doubts about the decisiveness of Twitter and the social networks in organizing these movements.

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Portugal bluffs a call

On February 11th, Portugal announced that it would buy back up to  9,4 bn of it’s own bonds in a reverse auction to be held this week.

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