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Smart finance for low-carbon transition

The low carbon transition represents a significant economic challenge, requiring the complementary actions of public authorities, economic actors and financial institutions, writes Jean Boissinot. This is only marginally about more investment; it is fundamentally about different, smarter investment.

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Europe- China co-operation

The Sino-American trade dispute and US protectionism against Europe will drive Europe- China co-operation, helping Beijing mitigate European resistance to Chinese corporate acquisitions, according to OMFIF Chairman David Marsh, at the International Monetary Institute of Beijing's Renmin University.

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OMFIF Foundation Singapore workshop

Central banks around the world must be on guard against declining confidence in their performance which is likely to constrain their opportunities for recession-countering action when the international economy runs into the next downturn, according to participants at an OMFIF Foundation workshop in Singapore.

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Powell discounting external risks

Jay Powell is sticking to his mantra that risks to the US economy are balanced and that US financial vulnerabilities remain moderate, despite gathering global storm clouds. The Fed chair should pay closer attention to troubles in Europe, China and other major emerging markets, writes Desmond Lachman.

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OMFIF extending Singapore co-operation

OMFIF and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore intend to extend co-operation, under plans discussed with Danny Quah, LKY School dean, Meghnad Desai, OMFIF advisers council chairman, and David Marsh, OMFIF chairman, in Singapore on 11 July.

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Target-2 masks reduced fragmentation

The doubling of Target-2 balances since early 2015 is a natural consequence of how the Eurosystem implements its asset purchase programmes, write Stephen Cecchetti and Kim Schoenholtz. Consequently, the APP expansion has concealed a reversal of the financial fragmentation triggered by the euro area crisis.

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Big Deal at Chequers City

If you want to understand Theresa May's performance last Friday 6 July at Chequers, I suggest you watch the classic western 'Big Deal at Dodge City', a film about subterfuge and high-stakes poker, writes Meghnad Desai. The story of a weak prime minister can be laid to rest – May won the big deal.

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The Bulletin: Digital invasion

Rapid progress in fields such as artificial intelligence are creating shifts in the relationship between technology and finance. This raises important questions for the policy-makers, regulators and reserve managers that are central to OMFIF's network, as detailed in the July-August edition of The Bulletin.

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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


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


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


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


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’

Advisory Board

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?'