Monthly Archives: December 2016

Yellen announces 25 basis point rate increase. Will this dampen Trump’s infrastructure stimulus ?

The chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen has announced a small but policy significant increase in their targeted range for interest rates from 0.25% to 0.50 % to 0.5% to 0.75%. The over night funds rate sits at 0.41% … Continue reading

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Renzi stays on for budget approval at request of Italian President

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has agreed to stay on pending budget approval. This should help calm nerves for the short term in Italy and abroad. The markets appear to have absorbed the initial shock of the referendum defeat … Continue reading

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Renzi loses Italian referendum He resigns . Italian politics thrown into turmoil. Market disturbance may follow.

The No side decisively rejected the Italian constitutional referendum 59.3 % to 40.7% . As a consequence the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his intention to resign. The right and left parties will be eager to capitalize but none of … Continue reading

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François Hollande’s decision not to run creates whole new scenario in next spring’s French Presidential election.

This past week President Hollande of France announced he would not seek a second term in next April’s presidential election. This decision taken by Hollande was a realistic decision given his very poor polling results, his failure to solve the … Continue reading

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Austrian far right extremist candidate for President Norbert Hofer is well behind in exit polls. Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen leads

Exit polls from the Austrian presidential election show the Green party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen the lead with 53.6% of the result. Norbert Hofer has apparently conceded defeat. Official vote count results will be available late tonight or Monday … Continue reading

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