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Winners and losers

The much-desired multipolar world is here, but this does not herald the return of anarchy, writes Meghnad Desai. With a plethora of interested parties, there will be winners and losers. But we should get on with making the best of circumstances which are neither as new nor as troublesome as many imagine.

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Consequences of 2008

The 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession exposed fault lines in the economic structure, writes Meghnad Desai. To maximise welfare, those who benefit from free trade are expected to compensate those who lose out. Of course, no one is actually compensated; the losers simply adjust to their losing positions.

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Shared objectives on global growth

Amid tension around trade and migration and a resurgence in nationalism, governments around the world, including the US and China, still profess shared objectives of creating jobs and growth, according to Jonathan Fried, personal representative of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the G20.

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Welcome to the multipolar world

The end of the cold war and the World Trade Organisation's genesis made commentators call the 1990s 'the end of history', with the US as the sole superpower. It was never as simple as that. Many in the liberal order wished for a multipolar world. And this is what they have now got, writes Meghnad Desai.

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Navigating China's savings surplus

China's current account surplus, measuring its excess savings vis-a-vis the rest of the world, is dwindling fast. This is causing the Chinese government to rethink its foreign investment strategies. Beijing may have to choose between slowing down ODI and scaling back the Belt and Road, says Joergen Oerstroem Moeller.

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Pension funds for infrastructure

Massive financial resources controlled by pension funds are held back from infrastructure investment in developing countries because of fears of political risk, writes David Marsh. But improvements could be on the way if the precepts of an 'eminent persons group' assembled by the G20 are properly implemented.

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Interpreting emerging market squalls

The optimism of early 2018 that the previous year's double-digit emerging market stock, bond and currency upswings would persist was overtaken by the end of the second quarter. However, policy-makers should not revert to five-year old explanations for renewed emerging market squalls, writes Gary Kleiman.

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Mark Sobel becomes OMFIF US chairman

OMFIF is strengthening its US operations by appointing Mark Sobel, a veteran US Treasury official at the forefront of financial diplomacy for two decades, as US chairman. He will work with OMFIF in dealings with private and public sector organisations and provide OMFIF members with insight and analysis.

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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’

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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?'