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Messy balance

The elections last night mean no real change with respect to the political deadlock that produced so much noise during the debt ceiling negotiations in 2011. The results from last night do not produce a material change to incentives, even though they can be interpreted as a message for ‘balance’ in the approach. Though we read more

Martin Anidjar | November 07, 2012

Short-term noise or real risk?

Gradually two of the three main risks in the markets appear to have been moderated, while the third is quickly intensifying. The European Central Bank (ECB) has eliminated the tail-risk when it provided the conditions upon which it would put its balance sheet to help bailout Spain and Italy, if necessary. Economic data in China read more

Martin Anidjar | October 26, 2012

A non-trivial dichotomy

A few days ago we underwent a reallocation of risk due to the increasing divergence between markets and real fundamentals. We are not secularly bearish, in part because it is difficult to see asset prices fall when faced with the wall of liquidity central banks are producing. But asset prices (equities in particularly) went from read more

Martin Anidjar | September 28, 2012

Mr. Draghi: Theorist, pragmatist and leader

Mario Draghi (ECB President) once again showed leadership at crisis management, when he announced the details of his plan to use the Central Bank’s balance sheet to help the euro and its troubled countries in their transition through structural reforms. Mario Draghi shows a rare and privileged combination of leadership and pragmatism. The size of read more

Martin Anidjar | September 10, 2012

Not a dogma robot

Over the last 3 years we have expressed skepticism about the crisis management skills of European policy makers. Recently we characterized the problem as one of pace and not substance. The basic ideas to save the euro are part of the policy debate, and politicians seem to understand the direction. But the politicians are always read more

Martin Anidjar | August 06, 2012

Why is Mario back so soon?

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi knows how to influence markets, and so he did last week. After months of staying out (some would argue intentionally absent), he stated the ECB would do whatever it takes to save the euro. He had similar effects the previous few times he spoke or acted (LTROs, etc.). The read more

Martin Anidjar | July 31, 2012

What has changed, what has not

The volatility of the last few months made many people believe 2012 would be a repeat of 2011. We do not see much value in looking for insight about the future in past patterns or charts. A lot has changed since last year, though the main risks remain the same. We believe the risk distribution read more

Martin Anidjar | July 20, 2012

Euro crisis management: different but the same

After more than 2 years of the euro crisis coming and going, something of a catharsis is possible with the next Greek elections and its potential exit. The Spanish bank bailout announced over the weekend is part of the effort to isolate the rest of the Eurozone from a potentially very negative shock. Markets clearly read more

Martin Anidjar | June 11, 2012

Greece out requires a bazooka

The probability that Greece is out of the euro in the next 2 months has increased to high levels. The risk of contagion to Spain and others is significant. This is clear to EU policy makers, which means they ought to be thinking about the response, which in this case needs to be a big read more

Martin Anidjar | May 18, 2012

Can’t rule out a euro collapse

The elections in Greece and France have brought yet another bout of euro crisis. It had been so far a game played between policy makers (EU, ECB, IMF) and markets (especially bond markets), in which policy reacted with bailouts and political agreements to every bout of market pressure. There is a new player now, which read more

Martin Anidjar | May 14, 2012

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