• 2016: major change in monetary policy and more volatility

    Nearly a decade after the financial crisis, it is pertinent to reflect on how far global markets have come. In doing so, however, one thing is clear: although economies across the world, developed and emerging, all heavily influence one another, they are increasingly out of step.

  • Europe strains under the pressure of migrant crisis

    Following the Grexit dilemma and increasing worries over Russian aggression, Europe now has another contentious issue to tackle: the migrant crisis. Given its threat to EU relations and integration, amongst serious moral concerns, the continent is certainly feeling the strain.

  • More volatile markets on the horizon

    As loose monetary policy starts to look like part of the problem rather than the solution, lingering sluggish growth and rising debt are a recipe for more volatile financial markets. Since the best solution, to implement rapid far-reaching reforms, is politically unfeasible, ECR Research asks: what is the answer?

  • Europe’s forgotten fairy tale

    If we are to believe the stock markets, all is well in Europe. But are markets in danger of underestimating looming perils such as populism, a Brexit, German dominance and weakening European power? ECR investigates.

  • Reading the signs

    Slowing growth and rising interest rates in the global economy could be important signals for things to come. ECR takes a look at how diverging monetary policies, amongst other factors, across the world’s various regions are having a knock-on effect on each other’s economies – but not always in the best way.

  • China to pull up a chair or overturn the conference table?

    As China continues its march to reclaim the top spot on the global power pyramid, can it really co-operate with the US, or will it simply rub the West up the wrong way? Also, what are the implications for free trade and globalisation if China is no longer content to play second fiddle? ECR answers these questions and more.

  • End of monetary easing approaches

    Despite many starting the year being sceptical about how effective quantitative easing would be in the Eurozone, more recently, optimism is growing. In this article, ECR explores where Eurozone QE might head next and looks at the possible timeline for a rate hike in the US.

  • Megatrends revisited: is the West backed into a corner?

    As Western countries struggle to achieve growth rates that they were accustomed to before the Great Recession, ECR revisits the trends that defined the markets back in 2011 and examines why those same trends continue to cause struggles for financial markets globally.

  • Europe: drifting apart

    As investors demonstrate unwillingness to finance the social spending of weaker performing Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) countries, those countries who have performed comparatively well and successfully managed their debt deficits are worried they will be left to foot the bill. This article explores the options available and their implications for both strong and weak EMU countries.

  • Coming up roses?

    With global leaders finding it increasingly tough to keep up with the pace of change, it can be difficult to predict how geopolitics will influence the economic outlook for 2015. Nevertheless there are some key themes that treasurers should keep a keen eye on over the coming months, says ECR.