EU

As long as threats are being issued over the matter, Citigroup would like to remind the U.K. that without the EU, it is just a small island country that is no easier to get to from New York than Frankfurt. Read more »

Unlike mortgage-backed securities, supranational political entities simply cannot have this many sub-prime components and expect to keep its triple-A rating, according to S&P’s flawless debt-rating system. Read more »

  • 13 Dec 2013 at 3:14 PM

Bonus Watch ’13: No Bonus Caps For You!

If you are a banker in Europe who makes less than 1 million euros and also aren’t in a position to burn the place down. Read more »

  • 11 Jul 2013 at 3:45 PM
  • Banks

Germany Says ‘Nein’ To EU Bank Shutdown Plan

In case you had any doubt as to who actually runs the European Union, it’s her. Read more »

The thing about antitrust law is that it’s so understandable. Not in the sense that a human can easily understand antitrust law, particularly, just that it’s easy to understand where the people who violate it are coming from.1 This EU antitrust case against 13 banks for “colluding to prevent the lucrative global business of trading credit derivatives from moving onto regulated exchanges and away from markets controlled by the banks themselves,” for instance. Like, here you are in 2006 or whatever, and you’re a big bank, and you’ve built yourself a nice little business buying and selling credit default swaps. This generates information and that information is useful; it’s even more useful if you share it with your other CDS-trading friends. So you and your big-bank friends and your ISDA and your Markit get together to share trade data, just like those guys did under that buttonwood tree that one time. Once you’ve got trade data, for instance, you can make an index, and so you can trade index CDS, which means you can move from having a weird niche product to a macro credit product, and it is good. Also you can gouge customers because, y’know, it’s OTC and stuff.

Anyway one day an exchange comes to you and says “we’d like to take all your data and use it to massively undercut you on price and drive you out of this lucrative little business you got here, whaddaya say?” And so obviously you say no. Read more »

David Cameron hasn’t been able to figure out how to fix his own country’s economy, or whether he wants that country to remain in the EU. But he’s certain of one thing: The way to fix the global economy is a free-trade pact between the U.S. and the EU.

“When times are tough, some want to put the barriers up, to look inwards, and to protect themselves from the world,” Cameron writes in the Journal, possibly describing several prominent, senior members of his own party. Read more »

  • 23 Apr 2013 at 4:59 PM

The UK Begs To Differ

The British government doesn’t understand what the IMF is saying, and doesn’t care about what the EU is saying. Read more »