Richard Barwell, senior economist at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, gives his reaction to the European Central Bank’s latest published minutes.» Read More
The European Central Bank will have to print and sell euros in the currency markets to alleviate the pain the strong single currency is causing to the euro zone, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy at HSBC told CNBC Tuesday.
Danske Bank has access to fresh capital if economic conditions worsen, as recent commitments for a loan from the government would provide it with enough of a cushion, an analyst with financial services investment bank KBW told CNBC.com Monday.
The results of the stress tests on 19 of the biggest US banks have left European banks exposed, as they now look vulnerable to recapitalization needs and to claims that not all checks were made to ensure rules were being followed, analysts said on Friday.
As we know, China and the United States have been stimulating their economies via massive spending by the government. China has pumped 4.58 trillion yuan of new loans into the economy in the first quarter to stimulate growth. This loan growth coupled with their stimulus/fiscal spending helped stabilize their economy and increased imports from South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. This is why the central bank yesterday said the economy is doing better than expected.
The European Central Bank Shadow Council said it saw no need to set an interest rate floor at 1 percent, smashing official ECB proposals to prevent the rate from reaching 0 percent.
Swine flu could affect commodities prices, especially oil, as demand may shrink on fears of a further economic slump because of a worldwide epidemic, Eugen Weinberg, senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank, told CNBC.
The recent rise in stocks and talk about green shoots in the markets are optimistic assumptions, as the world downturn "still has a way to run," Hugh Hendry, Chief Investment Officer at Eclectica, told CNBC Tuesday.
"As the Fed and the BOE have become more sane by printing money the so called gurus like Soros and Buffett suffer a deficit of sanity. They are saying the actions of these central banks will lead to inflation. I contest that," Hugh Hendry told CNBC.
A Swiss court has increased the prison sentence handed to a former banker who broke the country's strict banking secrecy laws.
Wall Street’s banking giants JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs turned in better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, leading many investors to hope that the beleaguered sector is over the worst of its troubles.
Reports that the IMF suggested that Eastern European countries should adopt the euro as soon as possible to solve their current account deficit and exchange rate problems have been dismissed by some experts.
The credit crisis has had a near-catastrophic effect on many of the emerging economies in Eastern Europe. The International Monetary Fund shelled out tens of billions in emergency loans for the region, while governments have collapsed and angry protesters took to the streets in some countries.
The once-booming CEE is stealing the limelight again but this time for less palatable reasons. As one analyst put it, "Eastern Europe's problem is a greater weight on the Western European nations than the subprime is in the United States."
Global stocks rose Thursday, ahead of the long Easter weekend, as governments and central banks take concerted efforts to restore economic growth.
Quantitative easing measures and monetary policy in the United States will kill the dollar quickly unless there are balances to it as a global currency, Zhu Min, executive vice president of the Bank of China told CNBC Wednesday.
Global stocks fell Wednesday, tracking Wall Street's overnight slide, as poor earnings from Alcoa sparked concerns about other corporates. Experts tell CNBC that despite the volatility, there are still "amazing" opportunities out there.
Global stocks eked out small gains Tuesday ahead of the start of the U.S. corporate earnings season, which aluminum producer Alcoa kicks off later. Experts expects the first-quarter earnings to be a doozy for most American companies.
Global stocks and the euro gained Monday as hopes that the economic downturn is nearing its bottom spurred demand for riskier assets. Experts tell CNBC they see long-term value in the euro and gold, while they see short-term value in the dollar and stocks.
While most Asian markets closed higher Friday on the back of the G20 summit optimism and a rally in tech stocks, European markets were lower ahead of the March U.S. jobs report. Economists polled by Reuters expect a decline of 650,000 jobs.
The US dollar will remain the world's reserve currency for a while and it is probable that the world economy will start growing next year, with China, Brazil and India among the first to bounce back, billionaire investor and currencies expert George Soros told CNBC.