Europe’s Stresses Demand Creative Thinking

Featuring Marcus Ashworth

Marcus Ashworth conducts a whirlwind tour of Europe, identifying the challenges ahead for the EU, notably in the Italian banking sector and a muddy compromise looming in Greece. Looking beyond the upcoming elections, Marcus isolates the real problem for Draghi and the need for a creative solution to continue QE, with Germany now more concerned with inflation and the weaker European nations unable to stand up on their own. Filmed on March 22, 2017, in London.

Published on
13 April, 2017
Fiscal Policy, Europe, Politics
15 minutes
Asset class
Bonds/Rates/Credit, Equities, Currencies


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    Fraser M.

    19 4 2017 08:18

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    Re: French election; I think the balance of probabilities sees a good showing by Le Pen in the first round based on an immigration protest vote which will rattle markets before the second round on 7 May which will see Macron win and the start of a European equities rally

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    Sean .

    18 4 2017 23:27

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    He overestimates Macron. Macron does not have a party infrastructure, he has massive media support (which is tickle and can be a curse) and he is the epitome of the Fifth Republic establishment. Even

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    Peter R.

    13 4 2017 22:39

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    excellent summary of Europe politically and economically. Marcus we have missed your insight. More please RTV.

  • MY

    Madjid Y.

    13 4 2017 15:25

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    A very good series of interviews done by Ian on the 22nd of March, with very good insights into some potential trades.

    • VK

      Viresh K.

      15 4 2017 12:09

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      I think some of the questions asked in this interview weren't great though. It seemed like Marcus was trying to lead the interview towards the Italian situation multiple times but the line of questioning didn't follow.

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    Viresh K.

    13 4 2017 13:31

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    Good interview, but slightly too short!

  • VK

    Viresh K.

    13 4 2017 13:27

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    Think France is too close to call - I'd ignore any political commentators views on this topic. There are simply too many people undecided.

    • DP

      David P.

      16 4 2017 10:08

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      The Le Pen vote is notoriously underestimated in polls given that a faithful part of her electorate, which lives in the "deep" countryside, is not using internet on a regular basis and therefore does not participate in internet based polls.
      Even big news outlet like "Le Monde" are highlighting that the first 4 candidates are "in the margin of error".
      The interesting question is: what happens with French sovereign debt.
      There is conflicting information about which currency it will be denominated in case of Frexit.