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  • OMFIF changes shareholder structure, appoints new board - 16 Apr 2014

    OMFIF announces a new shareholder structure and changes to the Board of Directors and Senior Management, strengthening financial resources.

  • Low interest rates bringing central banks under pressure - 9 Apr 2014

    Low interest rates have emerged as a twin source of pressure on central banks, reducing their profits while increasing their propensity to make mistakes.

  • Noyer positive on euro but admits risks - 27 Mar 2014

    Banque de France Governor Christian Noyer says euro area is heading in the right direction but discusses potential low inflation risks.

OMFIF changes shareholder structure, appoints new board members

OMFIF announces a new shareholder structure and changes to the Board of Directors and Senior Management, strengthening the company`s financial resources and reinforcing its independence for the future.

  • Click here to read the press release
  • Low interest rates bringing central banks under pressure

    The April Bulletin surveys the pressures on central banks to weaken their much-cherished independence, an inevitable reaction to their additional powers after the financial crisis. A reason for greater political interference is that central banks' budgets are strained due to lower interest rates they have themselves engineered.

  • Click here for more information about the Bulletin
  • Euro area heading in the right direction but risks remain

    Christian Noyer, Governor of the Banque de France, said in an OMFIF Golden Series lecture in London on 27 March that the euro area will continue its recovery but commented extensively on risks from within and outside the single currency bloc.

  • Click to view photos from the Golden Series lecture
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    Commentary

    • Impasse over IMF finance at awkward time for world economy

      by David Marsh | Mon 14 Apr 2014

      US intransigence in Washington over IMF reforms reflects tug-of-war between American policy-makers and emerging market leaders over the direction of the 70-year-old institution at the centre of world finance.

      MARKET: US

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    • Evans’s prescription: Wage hikes and small dose of inflation

      by Denis MacShane | Fri 11 Apr 2014

      The dovish Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, argues wage hikes and small dose of inflation are needed to help the US economy improve at the annual Minsky Conference in Washington.

      MARKET: US

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    • Hollande's déjà vu touch

      by David Marsh | Mon 7 Apr 2014

      President François Hollande has appointed Michel Sapin as finance minister, a proponent of fiscal orthodoxy but also a politician – like Laurent Fabius, foreign minister – with powerful memories of bitter Franco-German monetary skirmishes in the 1980s and 1990s.

      MARKET: Europe

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    • How central bankers need to adjust

      by Pooma Kimis and David Marsh | Thu 3 Apr 2014

      Central banks may be losing their independence as more public scrutiny is placed on their activities in the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis that left them wielding greater powers and facing more restraints.

      MARKET: World

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    CHART OF THE WEEK

    Real policy interest rates

    by Gabriel Stein

    14 Apr 2014: ‘Neutral’ rates must be defined in real terms.

    Real policy interest rates

    US non-farm payrolls

    by Gabriel Stein

    7 Apr 2014: March numbers show US strength – and meaninglessness of data.

    US non-farm payrolls

    Japanese inflation

    by Gabriel Stein

    31 Mar 2014: 12 month inflation still rising, but monthly numbers are bad.

    Japanese inflation

    US single-family home permits

    by Gabriel Stein

    24 Mar 2014: Single family home-lag US housing recovery.

    US single-family home permits
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    Advisory Board Poll

    Panellists split on the renminbi exchange rate

    2 Apr 2014: Members of the Advisory Board was asked whether in 12 months the renminbi will strengthen, weaken or remain the same against the dollar, after the People's Bank of China deliberately pushed the renminbi lower.

    Panellists split on the renminbi exchange rate
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