The US Fed must learn from mistakes of the crisis

A decade is a long time in central banking. Ten years ago Ben Bernanke used his speech at the Jackson Hole symposium for central bankers to explain the tumult that was rippling through financial markets at the time. He explained that while there were problems in the US housing market, the global financial system was … Continue reading “The US Fed must learn from mistakes of the crisis”

Does the world need more quantitative easing?

Should central bankers be contemplating more quantitative easing? It is clear that many still are: even though the Bank of England kept rates on hold at this month’s policy meeting, many are anticipating further stimulus in August. The ECB and Bank of Japan continue to print money, while the Federal Reserve shows itself reluctant to … Continue reading “Does the world need more quantitative easing?”

Emerging markets could provide real diversification

Investors have generally been exhorted to ‘look internationally’ to compensate for domestic uncertainty, but is that really the best option? After all, given that the pound has slumped, investors are paying a lot more for, say, US or European assets than they were just a few short months ago. Looking internationally has a number of … Continue reading “Emerging markets could provide real diversification”

Even lower for even longer: How low can they go?

Interest rates held, for now…. Mark Carney surprised markets by not cutting interest rates. However, he has made it clear that he is poised to cut whenever the moment demands and while this threat hovers over markets, slightly bonkers asset pricing can persist. But while the high price of defensive assets may persist, it doesn’t … Continue reading “Even lower for even longer: How low can they go?”