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The Economist: Never-closer union

If it is to survive, the European Union must become a lot more flexible

The Economist print 25 March 2017


The problem with cocos more broadly is that nobody knows if they work. FT

Lloyds Bank of the UK issued the first coco as part of a big capital restructuring in 2009.

Over $153bn of the securities have been issued since

FT 21 March 2017

Varför investera när man kan köpa tillbaka sina egna aktier?

Då stiger vinsten per aktie. Antalet aktier minskar ju.

Det kan bli fina bonusar av det.

$4 Trillion of Corporate Equity Liquidated Since 2000

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There’s Only One Buyer Keeping S&P 500’s Bull Market Alive - $165 billion Buyback

S&P constituents are poised to repurchase as much as $165 billion of stock this quarter, approaching a record reached in 2007. 

The real, less respectable reason why companies engage in buybacks, namely to boost earnings per share by shrinking the equity.


A popular options-market gauge of so-called black swan trades at record levels.

A popular options-market gauge of so-called black swan, or difficult to predict, events 
is drawing the attention of some bears on Wall Street as it trades at record levels.

MarketWatch 21 March 2017


Fed might be doing the right thing for the U.S. But for foreign companies and governments ....

But for foreign companies and governments that have borrowed trillions of U.S. dollars, the adjustment could be painful.

Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg 19 March 2017


IMF - Conservatives in US Congress say Europeans should solve the crisis on their own

“For seven years now, the IMF has been used to shield eurozone officials from their voters, which has tarnished the Fund’s reputation, prolonged Greece’s misery, and put off hard choices about Europe's future that must be made regardless.”

FT 17 March 2017