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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 imports soared by 280% and 136% Y/Y, respectively), came from ... Read More »

25 EU banks fail stress test

European banks

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 by the European Banking Authority (EAB) and the European Central ... Read More »

European Central Bank to start buying private-sector debt

Benoît Coeuré ECB

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 to higher levels and to improve transmission to the real ... Read More »

European Central Bank cuts interest rate to below zero

ECB

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 0.25 percent, and the deposit rate from zero to -.10 ... Read More »

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

ECB European Central Bank

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 said rumor knowing quite well how the market will respond ... Read More »

Cyprus banks to remain closed until Thursday

Bank of Cyprus

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 country’s banks are even lower on cash than they believed ... Read More »

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

Cyprus banking crisis

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 chairman of the Cypriot parliamentary finance committee said on Monday. ... Read More »

CNBC admits central banks rule the world

world with money

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, how can central banks take their foot off the stimulus ... Read More »

BitCoin seen through the eyes of a central banker

Bitcoin

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 on, has far more profound insights into central banker mentality. ... Read More »

Do western central banks have any gold left?

Bank of England gold vault

Somewhere deep in the bowels of the world’s Western central banks lie vaults holding gargantuan piles of physical gold bars… or at least that’s what they all claim. The gold bars are part of their respective foreign currency reserves, which include all the usual fiat currencies like the dollar, the pound, the yen and the euro. Collectively, the governments/central banks ... Read More »