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News And Commentary

Trump could target Germany

Germany has overtaken China to become the world's second largest net creditor. Danae Kyriakopoulou, chief economist and director of research at OMFIF, spoke to Bloomberg on what this means for global trade, investment and currency tensions in an increasingly uncertain geopolitical climate.

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Singapore's infrastructure initiatives

Singapore is expanding initiatives to finance sustainable infrastructure in Asia, including increasing the flow of bankable products, according to Heng Swee Keat, acting prime minister and finance minister, outlining measures at the launch of OMFIF's Global Public Investor 2019 at the Singapore stock exchange.

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China writing new interbank rules

China's banks are the biggest in the world, but must abide by rules written over the past few decades by their western counterparts, writes Herbert Poenisch. China's unease about not setting the rules of the game has led to the establishment of many joint interbank associations with major emerging economies.

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Trump tariffs threaten world economy

Donald Trump's hard-line stance on the China trade issue could lead to a slowing in the world's second largest economy, writes Desmond Lachman. This is bound to have spillover effects on economies with which the country has strong trade links, and could contribute to global financial market instability.

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Powell revives talk of 'Fed put'

Policy-makers don't always get to pick their moments, and Jerome Powell moved markets with just a few words when he revived at the Federal Reserve's early June gathering in Chicago talk of a 'Fed put' – that the Fed would cut rates to prevent any substantial decline in the stock market, writes Darrell Delamaide.

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Merz: German leader in waiting

Germany has a new leader in waiting. Friedrich Merz, long-time Christian Democrat rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel, is moving into pole position as her most probable replacement, with support from industrialists disillusioned with the mainstream politicians at the helm of the 'grand coalition', writes David Marsh.

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Emerging markets spoil IMF optimism

The IMF is pinning its hopes for a much-needed boost to the world economy on an emerging market rebound in the second half of 2019. But continuing currency crises in Turkey and Argentina, as well as diminishing hope for improved economic performance in Brazil, undercut such optimism, writes Desmond Lachman.

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How Tories can regain rationality

In Britain's zig-zag course to leave the European Union, two things are clear, in the wake of the European elections and Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation. First, both Conservatives and Labour face existential crises. Second, demands for a second referendum serve no useful purpose, writes Meghnad Desai.

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The Global Public Investor is devoted to public sector asset ownership and management around the world, with the aim of spreading best practice amongst central banks, sovereign funds and public pension funds. Launching firstly in Singapore, a panel discussion focused on aligning investments to the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

Why it is important to have female faculty

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Why it is important to have female faculty

The distribution of women across academic fields is uneven, and this segregation appears persistent. Economics is no exception. Despite the increase in the number of female economists over the last few decades, women in economics continue to be underrepresented.

Investment Clock – A pivotal October

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Investment Clock – A pivotal October

Stock market volatility tends to reach its peak in October, underlined by famous crashes in 1929, 1987 and 2008. Cross-currents in the world economy make this October particularly pivotal, especially in the light of the tug of war between good news out of the US and bad news out of China.

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.

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Universal basic income

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Universal basic income

This month’s poll focuses on universal basic income. Participants were asked: In recent years, the idea of universal basic income has become an increasingly popular point of discussion as a potential means of improving financial inclusion. How viable a solution is this? If not UBI, how best can policy-makers address widening economic inequality?