November 12th, 2011 17:46:27 GMT

Ciao, Silvio…


The Italian lower house passed the latest budget package, paving the way for the exit of Europe’s most entertaining leader, Silvio Berlusconi. Methinks we haven’t heard the last of him. Mario Monti is expected to replace the bunga-bunga king by … Continue reading


November 11th, 2011 14:49:08 GMT

It’s a long road back for Italy


Credibility takes days to wreck and months to restore. Markets are in a great mood after Italy’s Senate passed the austerity budget and it’s expected to pass the lower house tomorrow. This is a good first step but it will … Continue reading

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November 10th, 2011 16:54:00 GMT

The ebb and flow of a crisis


1. sovereigns 2. banks 3. ratings agencies Wash, rinse, repeat. The yields go up, the banks suffer losses and the ratings agencies downgrade. It’s a vicious cycle and when you add in the politics and the economic impact, it gets … Continue reading


November 10th, 2011 13:39:20 GMT

The yo-yo continues


It looks like a budding ‘risk on’ day as the USD continues taking losses on all sides. The most market-friendly man has been named Greek Prime Minister but talk of a Monti-led Italian govt and no early elections is key. Italian … Continue reading


November 9th, 2011 18:51:09 GMT

Sorting out Italian austerity


The wildly optimistic hope is that Italian politicians will pass a slate of austerity measures by Sunday. Afterwards, Berlusconi will resign. This sounds so unrealistic that it’s almost insane. Headlines crossed suggesting labor protection laws will be relaxed, that was … Continue reading



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