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‘End ECB dictatorship’: activist disrupts Mario Draghi speech

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A female protester has interrupted the European Central Bank’s press conference screaming: “End ECB dictatorship”. The woman clambered on top of a podium where the ECB president, Mario Draghi, was delivering his opening speech after the bank’s latest policy meeting, and threw papers at officials. Some activists accuse the bank of …

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Greek banks get additional €10bn to counter ECB pressure

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Banks in Greece have been given the go ahead to access an additional €10 billion in emergency funding from the Bank of Greece, according to a government official. This is a push-back from Athens demonstrating its intent to roll back austerity measures. “Greece does not aim to blackmail anyone but …

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ECB finds widespread trading on insider information

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“Information of many macroeconomic announcements is known by some market participants in advance” – European Central Bank Remember when it was merely another conspiracy theory that “some” traders “trade” (with zero risk) with the benefit of leaked material non-public information? As of moments ago it is merely the latest conspiracy …

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Greek government surrenders to the bankers

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Yes, Greek banks may have been insolvent – something that was clear since the first bailout of 2010 – but at least the Greek state had control over them: as such it could have mandated mergers, recapitalizations, liquidity injections, even depositor bail-ins (perhaps the harshest lesson for the ordinary Greek population as …

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European Central Bank to start buying private-sector debt

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The European Central Bank will start buying private-sector debt instruments within days with the aim of raising the bank’s holdings of assets and steering money to the economy, ECB executive board member Benoît Coeuré said Friday. The purchases “will have the objective to steer the balance sheet of the ECB …

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25 EU banks fail stress test

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Nearly one in five leading European banks have failed the stress test conducted by the European Central Bank, which revealed a $31.2 billion (€24.6 billion) capital gap in 25 banks showing they’re not ready to withstand a three-year recession. The results of the EU-wide stress test were reported on Sunday …

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Cyprus banks to remain closed until Thursday

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The Cypriot finance minister has ordered all the country’s banks to remain closed until Thursday, the country’s central bank announced. Just hours before the announcement late Monday, the central bank said all but two country’s largest banks would open on Tuesday morning. The postponement could be a sign that the …

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Eurozone needs €2.4 trillion in QE, experts warn

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The eurozone will need at least another three years of quantitative easing and €2.4 trillion of firepower to revive its flagging fortunes, Standard & Poor’s has warned. With unemployment stubbornly high and growth still bouncing along the bottom seven years after the financial crisis, the European Central Bank will need …

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ECB to launch €1.1 trillion of quantitative easing

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Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has announced that he will pump €1.1tn at a rate of €60bn a month into financial markets until September 2016, in an attempt to prevent the fragile eurozone economy from grinding to a halt. In a keenly anticipated announcement at the ECB’s headquarters in …

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CNBC admits central banks rule the world

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It’s a central bankers’ world, and we’re all just living in it. Entities such as the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank in 2012 took control of global economies like never before. Based on current market and economic behavior it’s likely to be years before anything changes. After all, …

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Greece’s banking industry secretly gets €100 billion

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Greece’s struggling banking industry has been secretly injected with around €100 billion in emergency liquidity from the country’s central bank which was approved by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, according to the FT. This follow reports of a ‘run’ developing on Greek banks last week, which were emphatically denied …

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If Greece exits, here is what happens

Now that the Greek exit is back to being topic #1 of discussion, just as it was back in the fall of 2011, and the media has been flooded by groundless speculation posited by journalists who have never used excel in their lives and are merely paid mouthpieces of bigger bank interests …

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ECB to buy gold and stocks next as Japanese QE fails

ECB European Central Bank Yves Mersch

While it remains to be seen if a majority of the Swiss population want their central bank to purchase a whopping 1,500 tons of gold in the coming years, perhaps the most notable event for gold overnight (aside from news that while India exports fell 5% in October, gold and silver …

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European Central Bank cuts interest rate to below zero

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The European Central Bank lowered its deposit rate to -0.10% as the continent battles deflation after many failed monetary policy attempts. The bank said more extraordinary tools can can be used to prevent the derailment of economic recovery. The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its main refinancing rate to 0.15 percent from …

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European Central Bank “models” €1 trillion in money printing

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Update: in direct flashback from the summer of 2011 when the ECB leaked news only to retract it within minutes, this just happened: CONSTANCIO: DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT 1 TLN-EURO QE MODEL REPORT For those who have forgotten, here is the ECB playbook: leak “false” rumor, gauge market reaction, then promptly deny …

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Bank of Cyprus to cut 30% off deposits over €100,000

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Cypriots and foreigners wait in line to withdraw money from an ATM of a Laiki (Popular) Bank branch in the old city of the capital, Nicosia. Depositors in the Bank of Cyprus, the biggest bank on the island, will reportedly lose 30 percent on their holdings above 100,000 euros, the …

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Europe: the real deal

The media is rife with misrepresentations and analysis of the EU. Here’s the real deal.  1)    The ECB is tapped out. Having provided over €1 trillion in funding via LTRO 1 and LTRO 2, taking on over €700 billion in PIIGS debt putting its own solvency at risk, it simply cannot …

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The Fed and the ECB determine to destroy the middle class

While Wall Street cheers the actions by the Fed to further enlarge its already bloated Balance Sheet, those of us who live on Main Street should get accustomed to further increases in our food and energy costs. What I find rather perverse, is the statement by the FOMC that “longer …

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BitCoin seen through the eyes of a central banker

To us, the ECB’s superficial, amusing take on BitCoin was merely a source of (Friday) humor. To others, such as Tuur Demeester, the ECB’s report on “Virtual Currency Schemes” which was merely a confused attempt to validate the Euro by bashing a prototype electronic currency that others have written far more informed articles …

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