38 countries currently have interest rates at an all-time low

A decade on from the financial crisis, 38 countries currently have interest rates at an all-time low. Ultra-low interest rates seem to be the tool of choice for Central Banks to help stimulate economies globally. But seriously, this a decade on from the financial crisis? Did the world really recover from the financial crisis? Probably not …

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The European Central Bank or ECB balance sheet is 4.7 trillion Euros or over 40% of Eurozone GDP (July 2019 edition)

Apparently, the European Central Bank (ECB) balance sheet was meant to shrink significantly in 2019. It has shrunk just 0.5% in 2019 until July 5th (as against 5% for the Federal Reserve in the same period).

At 4.67 trillion Euros (or around 41% of Euro area or Eurozone GDP), it doesn’t look like things are going to change quickly.

ECB Balance Sheet until July 2019

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Germany still accounts for most of the current account surplus of the European Union

The seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments for the European Union was a surplus of €40.5billion or 1% of GDP in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, up from a surplus of €40.2billion or 1.0% of GDP in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018 and down from a surplus of €58.3billion or 1.5% of GDP in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to estimates released by Eurostat.

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Highlights from June 2019 – U.S. Equities rise, Global bond yields drop, Interest rate cut ahead?

U.S. Equities Soar

June 2019 saw U.S. equity market records being broken shattered.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 7% in June, its biggest June gain in 9 decades or its best June since 1938.

The S&P 500 jumped 6.9%, its best June performance in 7 decades or its best June since 1955. The S&P 500 is up 17% in 2019 so far, the best start to a year since 1997.

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The Great Restart from July 1

After a very quiet few weeks, we will restart normal service beginning July 1. We promise to again bring you a completely refreshing perspective on everything finance, markets and banking. This time it is different.