It might seem a bit redundant to revisit European partisan Kool-Aid consumption after our posts of the past two weeks. Yet, there is another development outside of the previously explored persistent weakness of the Greek economy and seemingly intractable nature of its debt dilemma: the process and proposed solution to rescue Italian banks. And the weakest is the poster child for the problems not only to date, yet also how the proposed "solution" might backfire.
That is the return of the Greek Debt Dilemma. Yep, it’s baaaaack! And the same sort of lack of consensus on the most critical steps to finally address it remain the same. After all of these years it would be reasonable to think the IMF and the EU powers-that-be might have resolved their differences on the need for more extensive Greek debt relief.
Would they remain or won’t they? Dan Collins, Editor in Chief at Modern Trader Magazine discusses the Brexit vote and how it will affect the markets.
World stock markets rose on Tuesday, helped by solid corporate earnings in Europe, progress on Greek debt talks, and a new pledge by Japan that it was prepared to weaken its currency. The MSCI All-Country World index climbed 0.4%, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index advanced 1.3 percent, while the MSCI Emerging Market indexalso edged higher.
U.S. equity markets are expected to open marginally lower on Friday, ahead of the release of a number of pieces of economic data and some more first quarter earnings reports.
Greece accused the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday of undermining efforts to broker an accord over the country's funding options, after talks to unlock fresh bailout aid stalled.
Like their counterparts in Europe, U.S. indices are expected to start the final trading session of the week in the red as earnings season continues to underwhelm on both continents and the economic data doesn’t give much to be happier about.
European futures are pointing slightly lower ahead of the open on Tuesday, as investors eye the latest inflation data from the UK and negotiations between Greece and its lenders continue.

Last year, from beginning to end, was a rollercoaster of events. From stock market crashes to Ponzi schemes to the Federal Reserve raising rates, it seems as though 2015 had it all.

The reinstatement of a waiver to allow Greek banks to swap the country's government bonds for ultra-cheap European Central Bank funding is under consideration, Greece's deputy central bank governor said on Wednesday.