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Mario has joined the game

A few weeks ago we wrote that only when the European Central Bank did get seriously involved in the markets, the crisis management scheme would be complete. Last Wednesday the ECB did provide an unprecedented amount of liquidity to markets through the new 3-year credit line to banks. We see this event as a potential read more

Martin Anidjar | December 26, 2011

Ciao euro?

Today’s coordinated central banks action is a very positive step to stabilize markets, as it amounts to the shock to expectations needed to break the crisis dynamics that had intensified in the last 2-3 weeks. However, it is the most prominent proof that European crisis management had failed, which fed speculation of a euro break read more

Martin Anidjar | November 30, 2011

In Mario we trust

The euro crisis has been about Italy for some time now. The October 27 announcements had the right main ideas, but lacked detail and were insufficient in magnitude. Because the main ideas had been floated back in the IMF Meetings (Sept. 23-25), markets had recovered somewhat during October, making conceptual announcements insufficient. Given the political read more

Martin Anidjar | November 09, 2011

Snails arrive eventually

European policy makers seem to be headed in the right direction. Magnitude and timing remain uncertain. Today’s talk of a package in the 2 trillion euro area was not confirmed, but it is roughly what the market is expecting. Since before August the key driver in markets has been the euro crisis. Less than a read more

Martin Anidjar | October 19, 2011

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Martin Anidjar | October 05, 2011

Cavalleria germanica

If it wasn’t so painful to watch and live through, the European movements towards a hopefully final rescue of the euro could be a modern opera[1]. Last weekend in Washington (annual IMF meetings), we could hear from senior EU and ECB officials about an idea to leverage the EFSF to bring ‘shock and awe’ with read more

Martin Anidjar | September 30, 2011

Trimming, not tacking

Over the last four weeks of market turmoil we have communicated with clients mostly via email and the monthly letter. Here is a brief summary of those communications (click on each for the full communication, though it is only in Spanish, emails from Aug 5th and Aug 9th, letter from Sept. 1st), with only a read more

Martin Anidjar | September 12, 2011

AAA – A = AA

Reality bites. Europe recently admitted a eurozone member could restructure debt. The US government would soon be downgraded. These are realities that took time to sink in. Markets are taking these gradually, though some asset classes react more than others. The key issue here is that so much policy uncertainty in G7 for so long read more

Martin Anidjar | July 27, 2011

Euro fiscal union or euro break-up

European leaders meet tomorrow, and I am not the only one that believes it is maybe the most important meeting yet. When the crisis was at the periphery, it was easy to postpone, buy time, not a humongous issue, it was just a fiscal problem of small countries. Now that Italy is at risk, the read more

Martin Anidjar | July 20, 2011

Well known risks, all at once

The selloff this week is due to the quick and simultaneous effects of concerns on the 3 main risks on the global economy. For some time now we had identified 3 key risks, and after a quick recovery from May-June’s volatility, those 3 risks came to center stage at once: 1-    Euro crisis, due to read more

Martin Anidjar | July 12, 2011

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