Economics

Italy’s struggling banks pose a test for Renzi and the EU

Italy’s banking system is struggling in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and ahead of stress tests this month. What does this mean for the future of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, and for Europe’s wider economic prospects? Daniel Dombey puts the question to the FT’s Alex Barker and James Politi.

By Gideon Rachman
The death of David Bowie last week made me feel first wistful, then optimistic. At a time when the papers are full of war, terrorism and crashing markets, listening to Bowie reminded me not to get too worked up about the daily headlines. Music and art will last, long after the political and economic news has faded away.

By Gavyn Davies

Today I would like to introduce a list of the blogs that investors can follow if they are interested in tracking the key debates on global macro in the financial markets. These are some of the blogs which shape the debates at morning meetings and investment committees throughout the financial system. To prepare for these meetings (and much else besides), follow these blogs.

I admit that I have only belatedly realised just how much essential economic information and discussion is freely available in the blogosphere. The internet has given everyone the chance to become a journalist, and many macro economists have taken full advantage.

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