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Greece and the Deathly Hallows

This weekend’s family activity centred on the final film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 10 years on from when we saw the first instalment of the magical film series in 2001. Meanwhile in the Monday to Friday muggle world, the markets are focusing on the modern classical tale of Greece, that also began 10 years ago in 2001 when they entered the European Monetar…

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Greece enlightening

Yesterday I attended a presentation by Greek officials and delegates from the IMF and EU as part of the London leg of a two day European trip.  Considering this was a two day roadshow designed to reassure investors and rebuild confidence in Greece, and the speakers were Greeks and the guys who’ve lent them lots of money (and are likely to lend lots more), it was never going to be anything other…

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Free lecture series at the London School of Economics

Being the intellectuals that you are, we thought you might find some of the upcoming events being held at the London School of Economics (LSE) of interest. On the 30th of June they have Andrew Ross Sorkin discussing the development of the financial crisis since the publication of his book Too Big to Fail, and what he thinks the future may hold.  We’ve mentioned his book numerous times on the bl…

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Greece – the next country getting roughed up by the Bond Vigilantes

The original ‘Bond Vigilantes’ were the bond investors who reacted to authorities’ loose monetary or fiscal policies by forcing sovereign bond yields higher, thus punishing central banks or governments by increasing the cost of issuing further debt.  Right now, the Bond Vigilantes are hunting around the world like a pack of wolves. Japan was the prey a few weeks ago (see recent blog comment her…

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