European Economy


European panic grows as Italexit looms

Matteo Renzi is having none of it, from The Guardian: The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has doubled down on a promise to resign if he loses an upcoming referendum, saying the “decrepit system” that would be left in the wake of his defeat would have to be taken care of by someone else. The


Italexit odds rise

The de-globalisation revolution intensifies today as Italian PM Matteo Renzi confirms he may resign if he loses his referendum, via Reuters: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suggested on Monday that he may not stay on if a referendum on constitutional reform that he is championing fails. Asked in a radio interview what he would do


De-globalisation revolution hurtles towards Italy, Austria

For anyone with a sense of history, the de-globalisation revolution is moving at astonishing speed. The next global wanker rejection is scheduled for December 4 in Italy and Austria, from the Express: THE EU’s days might be numbered with Italy about to vote on a referendum which could send shockwaves across the continent.Analysts believe the


Why the ECB is going to print, print, PRINT!

From Westpac’s Elliot Clarke A key purpose behind the ECB’s alternative easing programs has been to materially improve credit provision and conditions in the Euro Area economy. Exhibiting a lagged relationship with the business cycle and further hampered by the health of European banks, success on this front has been slow and limited. As referenced


Hugh Hendry returns with bearish European roar

From Hugh Hendry via Valuewalk: We believe we are approaching a dramatic fulcrum point in public opinion in Europe which could deliver another bout of outsized positive returns from a unique Eclectica trade. Since the Brexit referendum we have been developing our thoughts about what the Leave vote might mean, not just for the UK,


Is Germ-exit next?

by Chris Becker The public image of the European experiment is that it has been setup to bring Europe closer together financially, culturally and strategically, a melting pot of medium-sized States so that one big entity cannot shape or rule the continent’s future. The reality is Germany rules Europe for Germany. The financial gains for


Brexit fallout continues as BOE cuts rates

by Chris Becker Last night, the Bank of England held its monthly meeting and made no surprises with the first rate cut – down 0.25% to 0.25% even – as part of a post Brexit referendum easing program. They also announced an expansion in their bond buying program (70 billion pounds) and in news that


Will Italy tear down Europe?

From the AFR: Platinum, the Sydney-based global value investor, is defying the bearish mood and buying more European bank stocks after its positions in banks accounted for almost half of the fund manager’s losses so far this year. The Platinum Unhedged Fund’s latest report shows that its value fell 10 per cent in 2015-16 compared with


Vive la France

From the BBC: A lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 80 people and injuring dozens, officials say. It happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display. The driver was shot dead and guns and grenades were found inside the


73 dead in French truck terror attack

Not clear yet but horrible, from AFR: At least 73 people were killed and many more injured after truck was driven at high speed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French coastal resort of Nice, French media has reported. A gunman reportedly got out of the lorry and fired into the crowd on the


Britain gets a new PM

Summarised by the FT: Theresa May has entered Downing Street with a promise to address the country’s deep divisions, ruling not “for the privileged few” but for people who felt they were losing control of their lives. Within hours of becoming the UK’s second female prime minister, Mrs May made her first cabinet appointments by


Italexit test next for zombieuro

From Morgan Stanley: Italian policymakers are facing a dilemma between the need to reinforce the capital of the banking system, and the need to protect retail savers. We review the options, but argue any government money involvement could put its support at risk in the upcoming referendum in October. Pressure is building to restore confidence


Brexit means Brexit

From Citi:  The sudden withdrawal Monday of Andrea Leadsom for the Conservative party leadership leaves Home Secretary Theresa May as the sole candidate. David Cameron has announced that there will be a new PM by Wednesday night; we expect May to take over as PM shortly.  Given May’s imminent appointment, discussions about the


Goldman slashes the zombieuro

Here is the real problem for Brexit, from Goldman: Following the Brexit surprise, we revised our Sterling forecasts weaker, but – amid lots of doomsday scenarios for the Pound – resisted the temptation to forecast a free-fall. Now that markets have settled somewhat,we are switching to forecast a second leg of weakness for the Pound,


Will Europe make war on exiteers?

From the Daily Mail: Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault today presented a proposal for closer EU integration based on three key areas – internal and external security, the migrant crisis, and economic cooperation. But the plans have been described as an ‘ultimatum’ in Poland, with claims it would mean


Brexit boilover threatens! (updated)

Updated 1.50pm – 1 million votes in front for Leave   New, Brexit on track: Markets charging the USD and all red:   Old, landslide building: Old: Old: Old: Old: East Anglia University model gives Bremain zero probability: 03:00 Fifth forecast update My predictions continue to be much more pessimistic for Remain than the betting markets,