Currency

Strategy

Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush

Quantitative easing is a bit of a puzzle. It doesn't work in theory, but appears to have worked well in practice. Should we be worried as that process now edges into reverse with the advent of 'quantitative tightening'?

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Economics

Western propaganda?

Chinese GDP statistics are notoriously unreliable at signalling turning points, so I decided to test the temperature on the ground with a macro tour in Beijing. A couple of days of meetings with policymakers, academics and investors left me comforted and alarmed in equal measure.

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Strategy

I need a dollar

Going into 2017, the market consensus was one of a strong US dollar environment, with the expectation of the US engine firing on all cylinders, with support from fiscal policy, monetary policy and de-regulation. The engine has stuttered, the US dollar has been declining all year and not many US dollar bulls are left. We are taking stock.   

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Strategy

Could a Swiss holiday become less expensive?

Some of the clouds over Europe’s political landscape have disappeared after the French presidential election resulted in a market-friendly outcome. So has the Swiss franc now lost its value as a Eurozone malaise hedge, or are there other reasons to hold the currency?

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Strategy

Are Argentina's Messi days in the past?

Is it worth investing in a currency plagued by high inflation, with a history of continuous depreciation and numerous large devaluations?

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Macrobites

Knowing me, knowing EU

Nine months on from the EU referendum in June last year, and the UK is formally triggering Article 50. So how are the Brexit negotiations shaping up? Will the UK get the deal that it wants or is it going to be more like the Battle of Waterloo?

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Strategy

Franc-ly, it could be Czech mate

With global monetary policy tightening, what will smaller central banks do now? Most didn't have a choice but to keep rates low to avoid excessive currency appreciation, and some had to resort to quantitative easing (like Sweden) or currency floors (like Switzerland and the Czech Republic). The Swiss floor gave in under pressure in early 2015, so the big question is now whether the Czech Republic might also depart from its currency floor?

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