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  • The OMFIF Bulletin: Divided in unity, 25 years on - 10 Nov 2014

    This month's Bulletin focuses on divergence among Germany and its partners in monetary union.

  • OMFIF appoints Fabrizio Saccomanni senior adviser - 17 Oct 2014

    OMFIF has appointed former Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Fabrizio Saccomanni senior adviser.

  • Renminbi-isation advances - 14 Oct 2014

    The renminbi is edging towards becoming a global reserve currency, and will play an increasing role in settling international trade.

The OMFIF Bulletin: Germany and Europe – Divided in unity, 25 years on

A quarter-century on from the fall of the Berlin Wall that brought unity to a divided continent, Germany and Europe are once more battling with division, between faster- and slower-growing states, and creditors and debtors. 

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  • OMFIF appoints Fabrizio Saccomanni senior adviser

    Dr Saccomanni will contribute to OMFIF’s efforts to enhance monetary and financial cooperation in Europe and the global economic system. He has long experience in European banking and economic policy, having served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Italy, alternate member of the governing council of the ECB and vice-president for risk management at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

    Renminbi roadshow

    International Monetary Institute (IMI) of Renmin University in Beijing and the Bank of Communications joined forces with OMFIF to present Europe’s first fully-fledged academic and financial seminar on the Chinese currency. The seminar coincided with the issuance of renminbi bonds by the UK Treasury. Pictured are Tu Yonghong, Adam Cotter, Ben Shenglin, Zhao Xijun and David Marsh.

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    Commentary

    • Sovereign rules of engagement

      by Pooma Kimis and David Marsh | Mon 17 Nov 2014

      Global Public Investors are moving to the forefront of debate at a time of polarisation in world monetary policies and renewed discussion about their worldwide roles and responsibilities. Here are 10 proposals for proactive and reactive measures by sovereign investment institutions to help them optimise returns.

      MARKET: World

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    • Rouble floating will spur German sympathy vote

      by David Marsh | Tue 11 Nov 2014

      Russia's decision to let the rouble float freely marks another step towards exchange rate depreciation by the world’s major monetary powers. The economic impact in Germany will be limited, but the move should bolster the German sympathy vote for Russia over sanctions.

      MARKET: Europe

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    • Failure is now a possibility

      by Michael Stürmer | Tue 11 Nov 2014

      The economic, social and political disparities between France and Germany are becoming more evident. France, Europe’s archetypal protector of the status quo, bears the burden of adjustment. But the countries will lead or fail together. This is the second of two articles by Michael Stürmer.

      MARKET: Europe

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    • France, Germany tandem falls on hard times

      by Michael Stürmer | Mon 10 Nov 2014

      In the first of two articles commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, Michael Stürmer examines the hardships facing the Franco-German tandem. The latter, pushed by economic necessity, is assuming a position of leadership in Europe.

      MARKET: Europe

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    CHART OF THE WEEK

    Accessing the Chinese domestic growth story

    by William Baunton

    Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect to open 17 November

    Accessing the Chinese domestic growth story

    Performance of public pension funds 2004-13

    by William Baunton

    Comparing the performance of GPIF with three public pension fund peers from around the world.

    Performance of public pension funds 2004-13

    Global public investors continuing to increase real estate holdings

    by William Baunton

    Market value of real estate investments of Första AP-fonden (AP1), Future Fund (FF) and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) from 2008-13.

    Global public investors continuing to increase real estate holdings

    Allocation of and return on assets of Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP

    by William Baunton

    Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP is the largest global public investor in the Netherlands and the 3rd largest pension fund in the world.

    Allocation of and return on assets of Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP
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    Advisory Board Poll

    Modest tightening on the way

    6 Oct 2014: Nearly two-thirds of OMFIF advisers expect the Fed to raise interest rates above 0.5% this time next year, according to our latest poll.

    OMFIF’s Advisory Board predicts the path of federal funds rates
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