During Europe's financial crisis the European Central Bank has been "an anchor of stability and confidence," former president Jean-Claude Trichet said.
The European Central Bank has reportedly come under pressure to “participate” in the haircuts being negotiated for Greek bonds.
Former president of the European Central Bank discusses the future of the euro zone, bondholders clashing on Greek interest rates and whether or not Europe will have a more centralized power.
Even as Greece tries to convince creditors that its debt-reduction efforts are on track, gloomy new IMF forecasts about its long-term economy are threatening to derail talks meant to secure the nation’s next big installment of bailout funds. The New York Times reports.
This is a live blog from "The Future of the Eurozone," an event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in which our panelists will debate the question, "How will the Eurozone economies emerge from the euro crisis?"
"Europe needs a two-speed euro," Dr Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered, said on CNBC, "You don't have any room for flexibility, any room for manoeuver and that's why here at Davos, one of the big worries that people have is that this European problem is going to run."
As bonus season in the City of London gets underway in earnest next week the first of the UK’s major banks, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), announced the bonus package for its chief executive Stephen Hester on Thursday evening and immediately came in for criticism.
European investors fled a range of long-term investment funds in December 2011, capping a bad year for the fund management industry as a whole, research published on Thursday revealed.
Investors underestimate just how positive an effect the ECB's move to flush the market with liquidity has had on banks, Huw van Steenis, head of EMEA banks and financials research at Morgan Stanley, said.
With the Federal Reserve vowing that interest rates will stay low through 2014, this strategist sees a risk-on trade.
George Soros, Soros Fund Management chairman, explains why the European debt crisis could be worse than the 2008 crisis in the U.S. While Europe has a common central bank, he points out, it has no common Treasury. By contrast, the U.S. had the authorities in place to deal with its financial crisis in 2008, he tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.
"We are completely focused on expenses," says Vikram Pandit, Citigroup CEO. "We are going to be cautious on the market side," he tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.
Hedge funds that in the last month or so have purchased an estimated 4 billion euros ($5.2 billion) of beaten down Greek bonds that mature on March 20 are now trying to unload their positions, according to brokers and traders. The New York Times reports.
The “key issue” facing Europe’s banks is raising capital, not improving liquidity, JP Morgan Chase International’s chairman Jacob Frenkel told CNBC Wednesday.
European markets close mostly down over ongoing concerns over a Greek debt deal. Billionaire George Soros says we need to strengthen Italy & Spain. Telecom shares fall after Ericsson misses sales and profit forecasts. German business sentiment rises for the third straight month. Treasury sells $35 billion in 5-year notes at yield of .899 percent.
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The governor of the Bank of England said he would be willing to implement further rounds of asset purchases – also known as quantitative easing - in an effort to rebalance the UK economy and issued a stark warning to the financial sector ahead of bonus season in the City of London.
"The key issue is not liquidity, it is capitalizing the banks and enhancing competitiveness," Jacob Frenkel, chairman at JPMorgan Chase International, told CNBC.
UniCredit is planning to raise up to €25 billion ($32.6 billion) through the issue of so-called covered bonds as Italy’s largest bank by assets seeks to open up a new stream of funding amid ongoing pressures on bank liquidity in the euro zone, the Financial Times reports.