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Why can’t the ECB bring itself to stress test banks for deflation? I was thinking about this question when I remembered an episode from the past. Just over ten years ago, I took a train from Frankfurt to the sleepy spa town of Wiesbaden. It was the sort of place where a lone taxi is … Continue reading Niedrigzinsangst Continue Reading

From the UK to Italy, an interest rate derivatives headache

My story (with Elisa Martinuzzi) about Italy admitting it paid Morgan Stanley billions to unwind derivatives, and the UK newspaper coverage reporting on the alleged mis-selling of derivatives by banks like Barclays to small British companies, have something in common. Small British companies and Italy share an environment where both of them are finding it … Continue reading From the UK to Italy, an interest rate derivatives headache Continue Reading