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Swiss-EU row offers taste of Brexit

A stand-off with the EU has left Swiss bourses facing a shut-out from trading across Europe, a foretaste of what could befall London after Brexit, writes Denis MacShane. The situation in Zürich illustrates how little room for manoeuvre there is when a country demands a special status for internal political reasons.

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All eyes on G20 sidelines

In the second article about the forthcoming G20 meeting, a group of policy experts discuss how the Osaka summit offers an opportunity for states to tone down dangerous trade rhetoric. 'All eyes will be on what happens outside the meeting,' with world leaders slated to convene for critical bilateral discussions.

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G20 must adapt to new global reality

In anticipation of the 14th G20 summit on 28-29 June, to be hosted in Osaka by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, OMFIF US Chairman Mark Sobel asked a group of policy experts to answer questions about the efficacy and future of the G20, which must adapt to new global economies realities and challenges.

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Talk of 'Powell put' counterproductive

Speaking on CNBC's Squawk Box about the US Federal Reserve, OMFIF Chairman David Marsh said, 'This idea of a "Powell put" is decidedly adverse. All this talk about the Fed being ready to cut is actually very counterproductive, and it would be a race to the bottom. I don't think things are that dire at all.'

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Bumpy ride for UK PM candidate

Britain is trying to resolve its problem over leaving the European Union through a further round of the Conservative party's 30-year civil war. The election of another short-lived leader will damage the UK irretrievably. Boris Johnson polarises as much as he unites, write Meghnad Desai and David Marsh.

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Fed may signal 'imminent rate cuts'

Concerns about the implications of President Donald Trump's willingness to use trade tariffs in disputes mean downside risks to US growth are building. On Wednesday, the second day of the FOMC's June meeting, analysts can expect the Fed to signal imminent precautionary rate cuts, writes James Knightley.

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Bolsonaro's Brazil in public debt peril

Jair Bolsanoro's move into Brazil's presidential palace raised market hopes that he would revitalise the country's economy, build a political consensus for pension reform and place public finances on a more sustainable track. So far, he has failed to make any meaningful progress, writes Desmond Lachman.

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US-China: Implications for Asean

Trade tensions between the US and China will have severe repercussions for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including on growth and investment. This was one of the key points of a speech by Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, at the Bank of Thailand.

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Promoted Meeting VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

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

Advisory Board

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?