The Potential of QE

WEEKLY COMMENT 8-12-2016

By Barry Edwards

The Potential of QE

An article in the Financial Times caught my attention yesterday headed ‘Blackrock calls for QE boost to infrastructure’ which is summarised below;

“The European Central Bank should retool its asset-purchase programme to fund a wave of new infrastructure spending across the continent, according to one of the world’s most powerful bond managers. Rick Rieder, global chief investment officer of BlackRock’s $1.6tn fixed income business, says the ECB has the opportunity to unleash hundreds of billions of dollars in new economic activity by shifting more of its purchases towards bonds issued by the various national and supranational organisations, such as the European Investment Bank, that fund infrastructure and provide trade finance.” read more

Looking Ahead to 2017

WEEKLY COMMENT 1-12-2016

By Barry Edwards

Looking Ahead to 2017

Big changes are about to happen in America and Europe in the way governments respond to the reactions of voters in the elections and referenda that have been held or about to be decided. There are many ideas and proposals out there from commentators and economists suggesting ways to proceed which may be considered by the new administrations that are about to control the affairs of government. There has not been a time of political turmoil for decades creating an atmosphere of expectation and foreboding at the same time. read more