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News And Commentary

Past, present and future of the IMF

This year's IMF-WBG annual meetings will be held in Indonesia, two decades following the Asia financial crisis and in one of the countries that posed great challenges for the Fund at the time. In this three-part series, Mark Sobel examines the difficulties faced by the IMF then, how it has evolved, and the trials ahead.

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Risks of Belt and Road in Africa

Apprehension over China's Belt and Road initiative continues to build, writes Kat Usita. Some have accused Beijing of unduly exerting influence on other countries in the guise of infrastructure assistance. It is increasingly apparent that the risks to recipient African economies are particularly substantial.

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Proposals for new Brexit statecraft

Following the Salzburg summit, the chances that Britain will exit the European Union without a deal have risen significantly. What is needed now is a totally different statecraft mapping out how this outcome can be turned into a partnership that both parties can accept, writes Joergen Oerstroem Moeller.

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Boosting innovator-regulator efforts

OMFIF organised a discussion with Martin Moloney, special adviser on policy and risk at the Central Bank of Ireland, focusing on how regulators and innovators applying advanced technologies in financial services can collaborate better, and how authorities can learn from investors.

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Zimbabwe building towards solid currency

Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe’s new finance minister, discussed the importance of currency stability, the economic impact of the dollar, and emerging market volatility in an interview on Bloomberg. Ncube is joining the OMFIF advisory council having stepped down from his position as non-executive director.

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Banks prepared for 'guillotine Brexit'

Given banks' extensive preparations and the assumption that monetary policy-makers will adopt a pragmatic approach to the major potential cliff effects, there is only a slim chance that a 'guillotine Brexit' would lead to chaos in financial markets, writes Stuart Graham.

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Tenreyro speaks on UK economic outlook

Speaking at an OMFIF meeting in London, Silvana Tenreyro, member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, discussed inflation, the productivity puzzle, and the outlook for the UK economy in the light of an assumed-orderly Brexit and geopolitical developments between the US and China.

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A regulatory approach to fintech

By engaging with market participants at the centre of financial innovation, regulators can stay abreast of the benefits of new technologies and identify risks, writes Christine Lagarde. Developing a forward-looking regulatory framework calls for creativity, flexibility, and new expertise.

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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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Advisory Board

Protecting current auditing structure

This month’s poll focuses on the UK’s top accountancy firms. Participants were asked: ‘With many people attributing at least some of the blame for the collapse of services firm Carillion to the ‘big four’ UK accounting firms, should their oligopoly on the audit market be reviewed?’