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Brian Caplen blog 2016

A Venezuelan default could be messier than Argentina’s

May 31, 2016

Venezuela faces severe economic, social and political instability as the policies of late president Hugo Chávez continue to unravel, leading to fears that the country could be set for a default that is hard-hitting even by Latin American standards, as Brian Caplen writes.

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Brexit campaign reveals EU over-regulation concerns among small business

May 24, 2016

Many small German companies – the mittelstand – are as Eurosceptic as the UK counterparts, and the EU would be well advised to listen to their concerns, writes Brian Caplen.

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US secretary John Kerry’s Iran stance lacks credibility

May 17, 2016

Iran will be off limits to banks for many years, while January’s deal could still fall apart, writes Brian Caplen.

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Swift goes on the offensive over Bangladesh central bank $81m heist

May 9, 2016

Swift network was never compromised, says financial messaging provider in a letter to users. Brian Caplen reports.

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​Who will buy sovereign bonds instead of the banks?

May 3, 2016

If the rules on risk weightings change, impacting upon the ability and appetite of banks to purchase sovereign bonds, new buyers will be needed.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Hillary Clinton would make a better than expected president

April 26, 2016

A pragmatic approach and her experience of government would make Hillary Clinton an effective president, writes Brian Caplen. Big ideas are just what she doesn’t need.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

The high costs of impeaching Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff

April 19, 2016

Dilma Rousseff may not be a good president, writes Brian Caplen, but impeaching her will lead to years of uncertainty and bitterness in Brazil.

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Forget Brexit – Italian banks are a bigger worry for Europe

April 12, 2016

Germany could not help out Italy and its lenders should the country suffer a similar fate to that of Greece. 

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Greece is better off with the IMF than with Germany

April 5, 2016

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras are happy with a short-term fudge, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde wants a longer term solution. Brian Caplen assesses the dilemma facing the troubled southern European country. 

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Negative interest rates are a tax on banks and lead to mattress money

March 29, 2016

Out of ideas, out of money, the world's central bankers and governments are now caught in a low inflation rate trap after the failure of quantitative easing. What's more, few are showing an appetite to take the tough decisions to get out of this rut.

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