Going back to the famous Maastricht Treaty.It connected a subset of EU states through a common monetary policy (EMU) and made no treaty provision for fiscal coordination.Well It was prepared the Stability and Growth pact (http://bit.ly/199QLRy), which took its legal authority from the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
So when Last July Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, spoke of the ECB’s intent to do “whatever it takes” to hold the euro area together. In the months after his comment, the ECB unveiled its Outright Monetary Transactions programme, in which it pledged to make unlimited purchases of troubled government bonds under certain conditions. No policy has been as important in bringing down government borrowing costs around the periphery. Continue reading “Eurozone Crisis & The ECB”
Have done a series of post on the US regulations Dodd Frank time now to share some thoughts on the EUROPE region.
The “European Market Infrastructure Regulation,” known as EMIR, was adopted on July 4, 2012, as the Regulation on OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (EU 648/2012), and took effect in all EU Member States on August 16, 2012. As an EU Regulation, EMIR is effective in EU Member States without the need for national regulations or legislation.
The EMIR regulatory framework is made up of Regulation EU 648/2012 (the “Regulation”) and several European Commission Implementing Regulations and Delegated Regulations which set out technical standards addressing matters of detail under the Regulation. The Implementing Regulations and Delegated Regulations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on February 23, 2013, and became effective on March 15, 2013. Continue reading “OTC Derivatives Regulations – Focus Europe”
The FT has recently done a timely article-on the consequences of the EU‘ ban on the naked CDS.
Investors are buying protection on European banks on the basis that banks and sovereigns are so intimately linked that any increased risk of a sovereign default will increase the value of a bank CDS in a similar way to a sovereign CDS.
“The big downside of the ban is that it is likely to increase borrowing costs for financials,” said Michael Hampden-Turner, Citigroup credit strategist. Continue reading “6 Months The Ban on Naked CDS in Europe”
There has been a lot of negative comment about the Cyprus deal. That is understandable: you can reasonably argue that it will produce crippling austerity; that it is ridden with moral hazard; that it will create a bank run across most of Southern Europe. But what you can’t argue is that it was unexpected.
Too understand the deal in-case If you are in Cyprus :
* You can put money into your bank, but you can’t get it out again. At least you can, through ATMs, but only in very small amounts.
* If you have money on deposit, you can’t take the money out and close the account. And if it’s a time deposit, when it reaches the end of its life, you can’t have the money to spend. You have to roll it over into a new deposit. Continue reading “Cyprus Reaction”
Three months ago, Yanis Varoufakis explained Europe’s bogus growth pact and the papering over the cracks that was being done by the IMF and ECB, “The idea here is that, yet again, the Eurogroup-ECB-IMF alliance is not ready, politically, to reveal the truth to its various constituencies.” He was, obviously, correct. This weekend, in a brief BBC Radio interview (below), as Cyprus erupts and brings the European circus back into town, Varoufakis exclaims, “every bailout agreement, beginning with Greece’s in May 2010, seems less logical and more toxic than the previous one.”
In three minutes, the Greek economist illustrates how the leaders are laying waste to the supposed pillars upon which the European Union was founded. Continue reading “Cyprus is the Homage”