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News And Commentary

Finding solutions to Target-2 dilemma

Only a broad political agreement to change radically the mutual financing inherent in the treaties on EMU would give Germany room to reclaim part of its enormous Target-2 credit and resolve the dilemma at the heart of the intra-euro area settlement accounts, write Marcello Minenna and Edoardo Reviglio.

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Emerging markets can cope with swings

The Federal Reserve is right not to be unduly worried about the emerging market impact from continued monetary tightening, writes Mark Sobel. The dollar is up only around 5% against the Fed's 'other important trading partner index' this year, and emerging markets have macroeconomic policy tools at hand.

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Protecting Asean from economic hazards

Asean policy-makers must pursue a holistic policy mix to prepare the region for potential near-term economic and financial hazards, given its high exposure to global and regional trade, according to a panel of experts convened by OMFIF, the CIMB Asean Research Institute and Asean Business Club.

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China's investment position

China will become progressively more important as an international hub for both capital exports and capital imports. China has sensibly been guided by self-interest in shifting its net foreign assets towards holdings of equities and equity-like instruments and away from other countries' government debt.

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Investors likely to avoid Belt and Road

'Many professional investors would not go near the Belt and Road for the time being, because the risks are pretty opaque. The Chinese are going to be losing money there, let alone anybody else,' said OMFIF Chairman David Marsh in an interview with CNBC on shifting public sector investment strategies.

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Central banks against climate change

International co-operation networks can make a major difference promoting concerted central banking action to combat climate change, according to Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva, Bank for International Settlements deputy general manager, at an OMFIF seminar on sustainable finance in Singapore.

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Trade tensions may boost renminbi

Donald Trump's trade policy may boost the use of renminbi as a global investment currency and in world reserves, said OMFIF Chairman David Marsh in an interview with CGTN. US protectionism has driven the EU to work more closely with China than before, further accelerating renminbi internationalisation.

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Brexit and the problem of sovereignty

The Brexit model espoused in the UK government's white paper opens a path to a close – but not too close – relationship between Britain and the EU. But it suffers from fundamental weaknesses, substituting rule of law with non-binding mechanisms borrowed from international treaties, writes Joergen Oerstroem Moeller.

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Promoted Meeting VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

The launch of the fifth annual 'Global Public Investor,' a publication devoted to public sector asset ownership and management around the world. Speakers included Louis de Montpellier of State Street Global Advisors, Joaquim Levy of the World Bank Group and Mario Marcel of the Banco Central do Chile

Threat of staglation

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Investment Clock: Threat of stagflation

Global growth and inflation figures, in addition to rising commodity prices and interest rates, point to the risk of staglation over the summer months. The geopolitical backdrop, and the threat of a US-China trade war, also has a whiff of stagflation about it.

Bull market has further to run

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Investment Clock: Bull market has further to run

The world is experiencing one of the longest economic expansions since records began and there's no end in sight, with muted inflationary pressures keeping interest rates low. Stock markets like this not too hot, not too cold 'Goldilocks' backdrop.

Global infrastructure finance falls

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Global infrastructure finance falls

Global infrastructure financing has fallen short of its potential.Private sector investment and institutional investor capital are often raised as possible solutions for filling the infrastructure funding gap.

Regulatory freedom brings prosperity

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Regulatory freedom brings prosperity

Productivity and economic growth continue to disappoint in most countries. Although analysts show a great deal of concern for the so-called 'productivity puzzle', little attention is paid to the real solution: freer markets and increased competition.

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Big tech ‘must not have a regulatory advantage’

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Big tech 'must not have a regulatory advantage'

This month's poll focuses on how best to regulate large technology companies and financial institutions. Participants were asked: 'With companies like Amazon and Google beginning to offer similar services as banks, should 'big tech' be brought under the same regulations?'