Monetary Policy Still Too Hot for Germany

An ongoing theme we kept coming back to throughout 2015 in the eurozone is that monetary policy tends to either too hot or too cold for the core or periphery.  The ECB’s attempts to fight deflation and reflate the periphery have fuelled increases in German mortgages...

European Recovery: Periphery Loan-growth Needed

One of the aims of loose monetary policy is to boost lending.  The theory is lower rates and greater availability of liquidity will encourage lending and borrowing, which in turn will boost economic activity.  Unfortunately, an increased supply of loans does not...

Long-term Real Yields’ Decline Implies Stagflation

Yield curves almost everywhere have been flattening.  At the long end of yield curves, bonds have been rallying all year.  This is to be expected in Europe, where growth remains lacklustre, inflation is very weak, and the ECB is firmly in easing mode.  However, even...
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