Chief European Commentator, The Wall Street Journal. Britisher. Where there is discord, may I bring harmony.

Why liquidity starved markets fear the worst

efinancialnews.com — Talk to almost any banker, investor or hedge fund manager today and one topic is likely to dominate the conversation. It isn't Greece, or the US economy, or China, let alone the UK's referendum on European Union membership. It is the lack of liquidity in the markets and what this might mean for the world economy - and their businesses.

Liquidity is a problem now, but what if disaster strikes in future?

thetimes.co.uk — Talk to almost any banker, investor or hedge fund manager today and one topic is likely to dominate the conversation. It is not Greece, or the US economy, or China, let alone the UK's referendum on European Union membership - it is the lack of liquidity in the financial markets and what this might mean for the world economy and the financial services industry.

Why Liquidity-Starved Markets Fear the Worst

wsj.com — Talk to almost any banker, investor or hedge-fund manager today and one topic is likely to dominate the conversation. It isn't Greece, or the U.S. economy, or China, let alone the U.K.'s referendum on European Union membership. It is the lack of liquidity in the markets and what this might mean for the world economy-and their businesses.

Greek Lessons for U.K.’s David Cameron

wsj.com — David Cameron and Alexis Tsipras are miles apart politically, but they share more in common than either may care to admit. Both the U.K. and Greek prime ministers took office after elections in which their parties secured just 37% of the vote.

Theories on the causes of the bond market rout ignore its global nature

thetimes.co.uk — No one knows for sure what caused the great bond market rout of the past few weeks. More than $450 billion of value has been wiped out. German ten-year government bonds, which in mid-April were yielding only 0.08 per cent, are now yielding 0.64 per cent, having hit 0.73 per cent this week, unwinding nearly all the gains made since the European Central Bank announced its bond-buying programme in January.

Bond Market Rout: Born in the USA?

wsj.com — No one knows for sure what caused the great bond market rout of the past few weeks. More than $450 billion of value has been wiped out. German 10-year government bonds, which in mid-April were yielding just 0.08%, are now yielding 0.64% having hit 0.73% earlier this week, back above the level in January before the European Central Bank announced its bond-buying program.

Miliband Misery Heightens European Left-Wing’s Travails

wsj.com — The U.K. election was a disaster for Ed Miliband and the Labour party, which believed right up until the polls closed that it might return to government. But it was also a major setback for the European mainstream left. It continued a dismal recent run for traditional center-left parties.

The U.K.’s Electoral Earthquake

wsj.com — No one expected this result, not even David Cameron himself. All year, the polls have pointed toward a hung parliament in which no party would win outright control of parliament. The campaign was dominated by debate over what coalitions and alliances might be needed to ensure a stable government, with pundits predicting that negotiations could drag on for weeks.

The appliance of science is the only way Europe can deliver innovation

thetimes.co.uk — There are many explanations for the euro crisis. Some blame poor fiscal management, others blame loose banking regulation, others say that the problem lay in lost competitiveness as cheap money during the boom pushed up wages and house prices. But one major contributor to Europe's problems before the crisis that continues to hold back economies today is a lack of innovation.

Lack of Innovation Leaves EU Trailing

wsj.com — There are many different explanations for the euro crisis: poor fiscal management, loose banking regulation, a loss of competitiveness as cheap money during the boom pushed up wages and house prices. But one major contributor to Europe's problems that continues to hold back economies today is a lack of innovation.
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May 24, 2015

Cameron to keep UK public in dark about EU renegotiation demands: "we want to avoid everyone's hair catching fire". thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/sha…

May 24, 2015

RT @TelegraphWorld: German-speaking South Tyrol in flag row over Italy's 100th anniversary of World War One tgr.ph/1Ks6BMs

May 24, 2015

RT @MSmithsonPB: Staying in EU has 5% lead amongst men in YouGov poll but 9% lead amongst women

May 24, 2015

RT @MSmithsonPB: 60% tell YouGov that Cameron unlikely to negotiate EU deal that's better for UK. 25% say he will.

May 24, 2015

RT @MSmithsonPB: YouGov S Times poll asks Do you think that UK should be member of EU YES 44% NO 36%

May 23, 2015

@TootlestheTaxi Simply not true! Try finding a cab that takes cards at St. Pancras rank. In my experience, one in eight.

May 23, 2015

RT @thekrazykobra: @TootlestheTaxi @Simon_Nixon @MayorofLondon taxis all over Europe accept credit cards -- Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, but not London - why?

May 23, 2015

@TootlestheTaxi @Dialacab good for you. I'm sorry that you're been let down by the majority of your colleagues.

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