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Financing emerging Asia infrastructure

The private sector must redouble efforts to finance infrastructure projects in emerging Asia, writes Jang Ping Thia. Multilateral institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank can bolster public investment, given their ability to lend counter-cyclically and take longer-term exposures.

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Keeping the peace in US-China talks

Ongoing US-China trade talks are a skirmish in what could become a protracted struggle to realign global economic interests. One way to keep that contest peaceful is to recognise it is a long-term project that could benefit both sides if they keep communication channels open, writes Darrell Delamaide.

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Augmenting US foreign exchange report

The mid-April deadline for the next US Treasury report on the foreign exchange policies of major trading partners looms. The Treasury's civil servants do an outstanding job, but can do even better, writes Mark Sobel. A more fulsome global economic discussion would only benefit the public.

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May's Brexit 'blackmail'

Ahead of its departure from the European Union, the UK faces a choice between Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement, or a no-deal Brexit, said OMFIF Chairman David Marsh. Appearing on CNBC, he said a second referendum or a general election are unlikely to happen any time soon.

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Italy headed for 'vicious' debt crisis

After a brief recovery, Italy has succumbed to its third recession in a decade. Its government is unlikely to revive flagging investor confidence. Ahead of the European elections, it will probably not undertake those economic reforms that might jumpstart the moribund economy, writes Desmond Lachman.

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Questions over Fed dovishness

The Federal Reserve's decision to pause rate rises was long telegraphed and widely expected. But the dovish messaging in its statement and Chair Jerome Powell's press conference surprised markets. The reasoning for the sharp shift in rhetoric between December and January remains elusive, writes Mark Sobel.

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Venezuela's death spiral

Under President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela has fallen ever further into an economic death spiral, writes Steve Hanke. While Washington declared economic war, Caracas announced it was going to devalue the bolívar to allow its value to align with that in the black market, with significant implications.

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Powell pivots to patience

Jerome Powell wanted to make sure everyone understood that the Fed has changed its stance and that patience is the new byword. Not gradual rises in interest rates, not balanced risks, but patience, writes Darrell Delamaide. Other policy-makers made similar remarks, with the FOMC sounding like an echo chamber.

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The 2018 Absa Africa Financial Markets Index launched in Bali alongside the IMF-World Bank Group meetings. In its second year, the index is a premier indicator of the attractiveness of Africa’s capital markets, for use by investors and asset managers around the world.

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.

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.

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Trade war still likely to deepen, despite truce

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Trade war still likely to deepen, despite truce

This month’s poll focuses on the prospect of further trade antagonism between the US and China. Participants were asked: ‘Will China and US trade tensions alleviate or escalate in 2019?’