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Different news makes markets volatile!

Last week the PMI releases delivered on their highly anticipated comeback. It started with Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Indices showing mostly positive figures around the Eurozone. These included Italy, with a print of 51.4 versus the anticipated 50.8 and Germany with

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Global perspective

Global perspective

The world slowly continues its exit from the great recession. However, the global zero rate policies shave their mark in too many financial figures. Japan published a rather impressive Current Account Balance on Monday, presenting an increase to ¥ 587.3

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Cyprus grabs financial markets attention…

Cyprus Publishing the details of Cyprus bailout plan last week led to an increase at the financial markets risk premium. The increase seems to be fueled by Europe’s financial ministers decision that a substantial portion of the bailout plan will include

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An increase in Italy and Spain’s risk premium

Uncertainty regarding election results in Italy and concerns of corruption scandals involving Spain’s Prime Minister, led to a rise in the risk premium of the peripheral countries in the last two weeks, fearing that the possible change of government in

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Macro data indicate improvement in Europe and the U.S.

Fiscal cliff During the past week, it seemed like a progress has been made between republicans and democrats, when Obama agreed to raise the bar for increasing taxes to those who earn more than $400K a year (compared to the

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Mixed data from China and Europe

Eurozone economic data continues pointing to the prevailing recession, although we positively note that the deterioration recorded in most expectations surveys has stopped. On the negative side we note that industrial production in the Eurozone fell sharper than expected in

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ECB’s Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT)

A new stimulus program was announced by the European Central Bank in the first week of September. This program to save the euro is called “Outright Monetary Transactions” or “OMT” and it was enough to drive the EUR/USD to a

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How long before markets realize there is no Spain solution?

Spain is in big debts and seeks financial aid from the EU. The primary factor preventing a massive selloff last week was the hope for official intervention, but the ECB and Fed disappointed. Markets were left clinging to hope that

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Three Key Questions

Key question #1 Will the ECB, and the rest of the major central banks (led by the Fed) step again with another massive dose of cash to stave off the contagion threat? Alternatively, would they decide to stop throwing money

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Bad News From Europe

Most of the bad news focused on Spain, who is supposedly “too big to bail”. On Monday: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said Spain could reignite the EZ debt crisis. Spain’s ruling party losing a weekend regional election didn’t help

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