Where finance and media intersect with reality


In the Blind Spot (Carthago delenda est)

  SNEAK PEEK — Dario delves into what constitutes the “state of exception” in the democratic world. — Who is Holland’s new prime minister Dick Schoof really? — Tunisia’s fledgling democracy is experiencing a few setbacks. Happy Sunday afternoon, and to those of you fielding half-term, well done. It’s over now. You’ve now got about […]

A (not so) brief ‘criminal’ history of the ECB (POLITICO)

 By Johanna Treeck, Carlo Boffa · May 28, 2024   FRANKFURT – Malta’s central bank chief Edward Scicluna was formally charged with fraud and misappropriation in court this week, joining an illustrious group of European Central Bank policymakers who have faced criminal charges, convictions or even jail time. Most such brushes with the law relate […]

In the Blind Spot (Defending the singleness of money)

  SNEAK PEEK — The BoE is edging towards a new liquidity management regime to preserve money singleness — it could have big consequences for repo markets. — Why are Argentina and Spain consumed by an unexpected diplomatic rift? Is it all about Sanchez’s wife, or is it about maintaining internal popularity? — Dario tries to […]

In the Blind Spot (Operational naked shorting)

  SNEAK PEEK   — Why is it so hard to get to the bottom of what’s really going on in Slovakia via Western reports? Dario investigates. — It turns out Elon Musk reformed Twitter just the way Jack Dorsey would have had he been able to take the company private himself.— Memestock hero Roaring […]

EIB, Brussels hatch plan to reduce defense investing stigma (POLITICO)

By Bjarke Smith-Meyer · May 16, 2024 There are four “sin stocks” that most European lenders won’t touch: Gambling, pornography, tobacco and weapons. But morality is a luxury many cash-strapped EU finance ministers can no longer afford as Russia pursues its war of attrition in Ukraine. Starved of weapons, policymakers across the bloc and in […]

In the Blind Spot (Why the entire economy is an influence op)

  SNEAK PEEK — Izzy argues that the real economy is being stifled by management techniques inherited from the activist and civil society realm that turns everything into a data-driven influence op. — Dario updates readers on the new space race to conquer the moon. — Why the Vatican has created a renAIssance foundation to […]

In the Blind Spot (Trader justice)

  SNEAK PEEK — A SocGen trader flung out of the bank for unauthorised risk-taking takes to social media to call for “trader justice” and new dismissal rules. — Georgia’s foreign agent bill is causing havoc on the streets of Tbilisi again. — Dario argues that Chinese EV competitiveness isn’t down to subsidies or forced […]

In the Blind Spot (G42’s Deep Thought)

Our one-stop source for central banking & monetary policy news.   SNEAK PEEK — Why Sam Altman’s chip-building coalition paves the way to a chipdollar interdependence deal. — The BoE’s Paul Tucker blames yachts and wealth management for Credit Suisse’s collapse as he renews pre-positioning call. — Is corruption just a norm in Spain? Dario […]

In the Blind Spot (Cloudbusting, but not the Kate Bush version )

Our one-stop source for central banking & monetary policy news.   SNEAK PEEK — Donald Trump’s Trump Media channels the Gamestop playbook as it calls for an investigation into naked short selling of its stock. — The House of Lords hears about how disinformation controls are being politicised. — In the wake of the Dubai […]

Not so fast, Ireland’s Makhlouf warns ECB doves (POLITICO)

WASHINGTON — Ireland’s central bank governor pushed back strongly against colleagues looking to lock in a sequence of interest rate cuts in the second half of the year, stressing that the uncertainties around the economy are still far too great. “It is speculating a bit too far to say ‘I feel confident enough about the […]