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Draghi's QE Moves to Starting Line as Outlook Brightens
(Bloomberg) -- The euro-area economy has taken a step in the right direction.
While improving conditions over the past month won't change Mario Draghi's plan to start buying government bonds within days, continued economic recuperation may well stir a debate about when to end them. So far, officials have indicated the buying spree could be extended beyond its proposed timetable -- a less likely outcome if an easing in the region's price slump and a drop in unemployment mark the beginning of a trend.
Draghi will have an opportunity in two days to add to details of the 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) quantitative-easing plan, which was announced in January amid dissent from some policy makers. After a Governing Council meeting in Nicosia, he'll also unveil the ECB's first growth and inflation forecasts for 2017, numbers that will have significance for the duration of QE.
Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's subtle change of energy policymaker line-up since the accession of new King Salman in late January appears to give the monarch's inner circle a firmer hand on the kingdom's oil strategy than previous rulers have enjoyed.
The most notable change was the promotion of the king's son Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, long a member of the No. 1 crude exporter's OPEC delegation, to the role of deputy oil minister from assistant oil minister, a post he had held for many years.
On the same day, King Salman formed a new body replacing the Supreme Petroleum Council and appointed another son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to head the new Supreme Council for Economic Development.
Investor survey shows 38 percent chance of euro zone break-up in 12 months
(Reuters) - Investor expectations of the euro zone breaking apart have risen to their highest level in two years, a survey showed on Tuesday, even after Greece agreed a financial lifeline with its euro zone partners.
The sentix Euro Break-up Index (EBI) gave its highest reading since March 2013, with 38 percent of respondents expecting the bloc to break-up in the next 12 months, up from 24.3 percent in January.
The current poll was conducted between Feb. 26-28, 2015, and surveyed 980 mainly German-based individual and institutional investors.
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