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Switzerland

Switzerland Tried Negative Rates in the 1970s. It Got Very Ugly (Bloomberg)

August 26, 2019 | File Under: , ,

“In the looking-glass world of negative-interest rates, the Swiss are in a special category.” – by Stephen Mihm

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Switzerland Is Held Captive By Its Big Neighbor (Bloomberg)

August 14, 2019 | File Under: , , ,

“With the ECB set to cut rates, the Swiss will have little choice but to go even deeper into negative territory. The SNB is a price-taker, not a price-maker.” – by Marcus Ashworth

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European Alternatives Industry Hits €1.62 Trillion in Assets (CIO)

July 30, 2019 | File Under: , , , , ,

“Despite the European macroeconomic picture being “muted” for the past two years, last year saw record activity in most alternative asset classes.  European alternative asset fund managers held €1.62 trillion ($1.82 trillion) in assets as of June 2018, up €300 billion in three years” – by Michael Katz

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Blood Moons, Animal Spirits and Hunting Knives

H2 2019 Europe Update

Investor trepidation towards Europe in today’s markets is understandable.  Regional macro data remain anemic.  Europe continues to produce weak data, Euro-Area economic sentiment saw its worst losing streak in a decade and low interest rates are set to continue throughout the medium term.  Meanwhile, the Fed has raised rates nine times since December 2015, taking […]

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Swiss battery maker Leclanché announces debt restructuring

July 18, 2018 | File Under: ,

Leclanché announces debt-to-equity swap converting CHF 24 million of debt into equity issued to major shareholder FEFAM

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