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Wednesday, December 21

21st Dec - Slight sell-off toward the close

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Riksbank: Done easingNordea
The Riksbank left its policy rate unchanged at -0.50% today. The QE programme was extended by SEK 15bn in nominal government bonds and by equally much in index-linked bonds in H1 2017.

Mark Gilbert: European Banks Risk Becoming IrrelevantBB
EU bank sector exceeds liquidity rules ahead of deadlineReuters

Italy lawmakers approve 20 billion euro plan to prop up banks –
Italy Bank Rescue Won’t Fill $54 Billion Hole on Their Books – BB
Italy To Nationalize Monte Paschi After Private Sector Rescue Fails – ZH

BoJ plays dangerous game with yield curve control policyTF
No change to bond yield target in BoJ's latest monetary policy review * BoJ attempting to control both price and quantity in the bond market * Strong correlation in place between USDJPY and yield spread

Danske DailyDanske Bank

Riksbank today * Turkey kept rates steady

Morning MarketsTF
The rally in equities has continued to ratchet ever higher as Dow leads the bandwagon in its fresh push for the 20000 milestone. European equities will likely join the wave Wednesday but are we getting ahead of ourselves?

Daily Market Comment Marc Chandler
Dollar Mixed in Thinning Activity, Dow 20,000 Watch Continues

Daily Press SummaryOpen Europe

Brussels PlaybookPolitico

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your DayBB
Euro banks hit * Blacstone closes Senfina * Oil rises * Markets slip * Brexit plans

10 things you need to know before the opening bellBI

Dow At All Time High, Dollar Dips, Europe Lower Dragged By Sliding Spanish, Italian Banks


FX UpdateTF
A bounce in global bonds yesterday saw the US dollar strength easing and JPY crosses pushing back lower as we mull whether markets are set to lose energy into year-end or finish the calendar year with a flourish. Today's Riksbank session could also prove SEK-positive.

Riksbank jahtaa inflaatiota * Odotamme Norjan työttömyysasteen pysyneen 4,8 prosentissa * Turkin keskuspankki päätti olla nostamatta ohjauskorkoaan * USA:n dollarin arvoa kuvaava DXY-indeksi kävi eilen korkeimmalla tasollaan sitten vuoden 2002