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26 June 2019 / Global

All eyes on G20 sidelines

In the second of a pair of articles about the forthcoming G20 meeting, a group of policy experts from around the world discuss how the Osaka summit presents 'a crucial opportunity to tone down the rhetoric, and to re-emphasise that an open international trading environment benefits all countries,' particularly in the face of not only US-China tensions, but those around the Gulf as well. 'All eyes will be on what happens outside the meeting,' with world leaders slated to convene for critical bilateral discussions.

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25 June 2019 / Global

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 from around the world to answer questions about the efficacy and future of the G20. In the first of two articles, the group responded to this question posed by Sobel: 'Many say the G20 has become a humdrum, low key affair that is not accomplishing much and is failing the global economic and financial system. What do you think?'

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24 June 2019

Ahead of the G20

Wally Adeyemo, senior adviser at BlackRock, joins Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, to discuss the upcoming G20 meeting. Wally was senior international economic adviser to US President Barack Obama and served as his representative to the G20. This podcast covers the history and purpose of the G20 and whether it has become too diluted, as well as the dominance of bilateral meetings. The conversation also outlines the main issues on the Osaka agenda and the continuing relevance of the G20.

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20 June 2019 / UK

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. Front-runner Boris Johnson polarises as much as he unites. It would not be the first time that a UK prime minister had a reputation for either unreliability, low capacity for sustained work, or inability to think strategically. But it would probably be the first time that a leader combined all three traits.

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18 June 2019 / Latin America

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 much-needed pension reform and place public finances on a more sustainable track. So far, he has failed to make much progress in these areas as he engaged in divisive politics and his administration became riven by internal squabbles. Brazil is vulnerable to a full-blown public debt crisis, which will have global consequences, if the government fails to devise a credible programme.

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12 June 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Global Public Investors and a sustainable world economy

Seminar on sustainability and opportunities for global public investors

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12 June 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Global Public Investor launch 2019: Global Public Investors and a sustainable world economy

Launch of the 6th annual Global Public Investor: Sustainability panel discussion

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06 June 2019 / Europe

Merz: German leader in waiting

Germany has a new leader in waiting. Friedrich Merz, long-time Christian Democratic Union rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel, is moving into pole position as her most probable replacement, with strong support from German industrialists disillusioned with the mainstream politicians at the helm of the country's lacklustre 'grand coalition' with the Social Democratic Party. In a speech to the CDU economic council in Berlin on Tuesday night, calling for an 'Agenda 2030' to restore German economic health, Merz signalled his political resurrection.

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05 June 2019 / Europe

EU parliamentary elections: Results

EU parliamentary elections: Results analysis

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21 May 2019 / China

Renminbi 'weaponisation' talk overblown

A media furore has flared over whether China will dump US Treasury holdings or 'weaponise' the renminbi. The debate is entertaining, but misses the mark. In spite of much rumour and conjecture, in the past China has consistently neither acted to 'dump' or 'weaponise' its Treasuries, nor shown interest in doing so. Instability is anathema to Chinese leaders and portfolio managers. It's contrary to their self-interest. A sell-off could ratchet up US Treasury yields, imposing massive capital losses on Chinese official dollar holdings.

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