“We have this imminent bond-buying by the ECB -- at least that’s what everybody is expecting -- and if euro-zone yields are falling that makes Treasury yields relatively attractive, even at these rates,” said Philip Marey, a senior market economist at Rabobank Groep in Utrecht, the Netherlands.(link)
The current state of play for selected sovereign 10 year bonds (with a minor highlight added to the FT graphic):

A scant year ago 10 year Spanish, Italian and Irish credit was cheaper than the US equivalent. And that was at a time when Euro QE was already in the air and US inflation was stirring. Today they are all dearer with only the Grexit candidate and Portugal still on EU special offer.

Come Thursday a very material ECB QE programme will likely become a reality. Switzerland 10 years have already voted: it will mean too many euros in circulation (well, certainly for the Swiss economy).

But what do they know anyway? It's not like Switzerland is a country that is particularly innovative, competitive or even a nice place to live.

In less than 48 hours Mr Draghi will take a shot at spurring them to greater effort in these areas. A devaluation in one's largest export market will be a live demo of an economic tool Switzerland should long have considered weaving into its own set of sad, obsolete and tired economic policies.

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Journalistic risk in 2014

Thursday, January 08, 2015 | 0 comments »

Reporters Without Frontiers produced this report for 2014 on the dangers of practicing their metier around the globe. France joined the top 5 yesterday on a dark, dark day and in a shockingly dreadful manner.

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