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The ECB Goes Big: Implications

The European Central Bank (ECB) on January 22 unveiled a quantitative easing programme under which it will purchase a minimum of EUR1.1trn in securities. The ECB will purchase EUR60bn per...

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The Swiss Surprise

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoned the CHF1.2000/EUR minimum exchange rate on the euro on January 15, and dropped the deposit rate to -0.75% from -0.25% and its 3-month LIBOR target range to -1....

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France Terror Attacks: Initial Thoughts

Details about the terror attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still emerging, and no doubt we will hear more about the perpetrators and their motivations over the coming days....

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Tough Choices For Russia

Russia's currency crisis has abated since December 16 when the currency lost 35% of its value versus the US dollar at one point despite FX intervention and aggressive monetary tightening by the...

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OPEC's Decision: Global Implications

Our expectation that OPEC would coordinate modest cuts in production has not played out, with the group deciding to maintain the 30mn b/d ceiling and let the markets take their course. Our risk...

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A New Cold War?

The Russia-Ukraine conflict this year and the celebrations over the weekend marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall have rekindled memories of the Cold War. Many are asking...

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