Tag Archives: ECB

Financial Daily Dose 10.25.2019 | Top Story: ECB Holds Rates Steady as Draghi Departs

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 25, 2019

Mario Draghi presided over his final ECB meeting yesterday, with the central bank deciding to hold rates steady and let current stimulus measures play out for the time being. His departure (and the arrival of former IMF chief Christine Lagarde) coincides with a debate over his legacy at the bank—is he “savior of the Eurozone” … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.13.2019 | Top Story: ECB Cuts Rates and Restarts QE in Effort to Preempt European Downturn

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 13, 2019

The ECB was even more aggressive than expected in its moves to “head off a downturn before it gained momentum,” cutting a key interest rate and reviving “a money-printing program.” At the same time, the central bank “issued an unusually strong call for eurozone governments to do more of the economic heavy lifting” – NYTimes … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.26.2019 | Top Story: In a reversal, ECB to revive stimulus measures to boost EU economy

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 26, 2019

The European Central Bank announced on Thursday that is likely to revive the quantitative easing program aimed at “pump[ing] money into the region’s financial system,” a major reversal from just 6 months ago, when the ECB began winding down the bond-buying program – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg McKinsey’s been in hot water with bankruptcy … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.17.2019 | Top Story: EU Antitrust Regulators Probing Amazon Third-Party Seller Data Collection

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 17, 2019

EU regulators announced today that they’ve been conducting an investigation into Amazon and “how it collects and uses data from third-party sellers who appear on the retailing giant’s website” with an eye to potential antitrust violations. Amazon requires the sellers to share certain information with it, and the probe will center on “how Amazon uses … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.3.2019 | Top Story: IMF Chief Lagarde to Succeed Draghi as ECB President

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 3, 2019

Big Euro (and global) financial news emerging on Tuesday, as European officials rather surprisingly nominated current IMF chief Christine Lagarde to succeed Mario Draghi as European Central Bank president – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Across the ocean, the White House formally chose Judy Shelton, the current US executive director of the European bank of … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | April 15, 2019

A quick check-in with Fed Chair Powell, the man trying to help keep the US economy humming—a hard enough job as it is, but one made much tougher by a White House that hasn’t been shy about voicing its near-constant displeasure – NYTimes and WSJ Part of the non-political difficulty for Chair Powell? A rise … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | March 8, 2019

Jobs Report Friday! Here’s what to watch as you’re sorting through the numbers this morning – WSJ and Marketplace and Bloomberg and NYTimes With their concerted effort to address market uncertainty through major foreshadowing, it’s rare these days that central banks can truly surprise. And yet, Mario Draghi and the ECB managed to do just … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 25, 2019

US banks are reporting that cases of financial abuse of seniors are on the rise. Treasury department data showed a 2-fold increase in suspected cases from just 5 years ago and a 12% increase from just a year ago – WSJ A look at the creep of spytech into the business realm, particularly in the … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 14, 2018

It was quite a run, but on Thursday, ECB chief Mario Draghi announced that the bank is finally putting an end to the quantitative easing program it’s used “to hold down interest rates and encourage lending” since 2015.  The move has been in the works for some time, but it remains controversial, as doubts about … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 26, 2018

ECB Chief Mario Draghi’s having none of the US Treasury Secretary’s recent weak-dollar talk, accusing the US official, in not so many words, of “violating agreements among nations against starting currency wars” – NYTimes and WSJ The Times takes us inside the rigged VW tests at the heart of the emissions cheating scandal that’s sullied … Continue reading