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Poverty, inequality and social exclusion in the EU

Stefano F. Fugazzi (ABC Economics) – A newly published research by the European Union “pictures” the distribution of poverty, inequality and social exclusion  across the EU Member States. Based on 2014 data, their infographic analysis shows which country is more at risk, the distribution of disposable income and how much EU countries spend on specific measures to … Continue reading

Bank of England QE statistics as at December 2015

Sourced from Bank of England’s “Asset Purchase Facility Quarterly Report – 2015 Q4” Chart 1 shows the cumulative net asset purchases by type between the establishment of the Fund and 31 December 2015. As of 31 December 2015 cumulative assets purchased net of sales and redemptions totalled £374.9 billion. Table A summarises the amount of … Continue reading

Benefits and perils of internal (wage) devaluation

A joint research by Jörg Decressin and Prakash Loungani of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) examines the effectiveness of internal devaluation within the eurozone. Their findings suggest that in times of crisis it is more challenging to fully reap the benefits of internal devaluation as all members of a monetary union would try to pursue … Continue reading


a research by Stefano Francesco Fugazzi (ABC Economics) – Vladimir Putin joined President Boris Yeltsin’s administration in 1996 where he rose quickly, becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999 when Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned. Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential elections. Hereafter our ABC Economics infographic (based on the latest International Monetary Fund data – incl. their 2015 projections) pictures … Continue reading

Tassi Bce e Fed: differenze di obiettivi a cavallo dell’Atlantico

Estratto dalla Newsletter “The World of ABC Economics”, Nr 1, 12/2015:  https://abceconomicsdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/abceconomics-news-nr1-1215.pdf LUIGI PATISSO – C’è chi sale e c’è chi scende. Nell’altalena dei tassi d’interesse gli Stati Uniti e l’Europa stanno rilevando degli andamenti divergenti: in rialzo quelli americani, al ribasso, con tendenza sotto lo zero, quelli europei.  A dettare le regole sono le … Continue reading

Main takeaways from ‘In or out of Europe?’ Brexit debate

Tiziana Simonetti (ABC Economics) on the “In or out of a Europe? And which Europe?” seminar which took place on 24 November at King’s College University in London on the upcoming Referendum on the European Union and the Brexit scenarios.  Organised by the Italian Society of King’s College London,the panel featured representatives from the UK … Continue reading

EU banks better capitalised but non-performing loans on the rise

Source: EBA website – Yesterday the European Banking Authority (EBA) published the outcome of its 2015 EU-wide transparency exercise and provided detailed bank-by-bank data on capital positions, risk exposure amounts and asset quality on 105 banks from 21 countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) as part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing transparency in … Continue reading

In and Out of Europe? And which Europe? Kings College, London, 24 November 2015 – Minutes

ABC Economics attended the “In and Out of Europe? And which Europe?” conference on the EU Referendum at Kings College, London, on 24 November 2015. Hereafter our minutes. Mr Celeste (former Italian diplomat):  It is difficult for the UK to quit Europe altogether so the UK is likely to remain somehow connected to Europe. Questions to … Continue reading

The Gaddafi lesson for Syria. Will VIX and Brent Oil follow the same pattern?

Stefano Fugazzi (ABC Economics) – The odds are against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. As the conflict in Syria intensifies with US President Obama urging Russia to “act together against terror”, Assad’s days in power are nearing the end. Will VIX and Brent Oil follow the same pattern? The following analysis aims at observing how VIX … Continue reading

VIX and Terrorism. Why a coincidence with no causal effects

Stefano Fugazzi (ABC Economics) – Earlier this week we published two interesting researches elaborated by ABC Economics which assessed whether market movers could have possibly anticipated the occurrence of terrorist acts. The VIX Index Always Predicts Terrorist Attacks (?) Gold and Oil contraddict VIX Index on terror attack warnings To test this hypothesis we selected: … Continue reading

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