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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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03 May 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Emerging digital technologies for financial inclusion: Role of central banks

Workshop at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting

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18 April 2019 / US

Fed running out of monetary ammunition

It is clear that President Donald Trump's administration is not concerned with whether the US will have enough resources left to fight the next downturn. The president's quest for an ultra-easy monetary policy at this late stage in the economic cycle might cause the US economy to overheat and thereby rekindle inflation. Moreover, it would leave the Federal Reserve with scant ammunition to fight the next recession. With the Fed funds rate already as low as 2.25%-2.5%, further cuts would leave the central bank with limited room to slash rates.

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15 April 2019 / Europe

Brexit special episode

Brexit: the political and economic implications for the UK and EU

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10 April 2019 / Europe

France, Germany and the future of Europe

Europe continues to be prisoner to a concept of sovereignty developed for its past. Setting European sovereignty against national sovereignty is a mistake that would come at a high price. In the middle are France and Germany. Both are aware that the EU must decide, after the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, how to face up to the threat of disaggregation. The EU needs institutional capacity-building in the centre, but it also needs member states with their own institutional strength. A new world requires new ideas.

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09 April 2019 / China

Beijing ready to 'China-ise' the West

The West is slowly getting over the idea that China will 'westernise'. The illusion that it is only a matter of time before the population's rising wealth will deprive the Chinese Communist Party of the power it wields is dissipating. China is enjoying growing wealth because the authorities have set loose beneficial market forces. Many western firms have profited from this, and many more crave China's custom. This means Beijing can now take the route of 'China-ising' the West, including by promoting wider use of the renminbi.

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01 April 2019 / Asia Pacific

Spotlight on the Indian elections

Spotlight on the Indian elections

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28 March 2019 / Global

US proposal may address IMF resources

Behind the scenes in Washington, the US is proposing to double the International Monetary Fund's 'New Arrangements to Borrow', one of the pots from which the Fund draws its overall loanable resources. Under the proposal, IMF quotas will remain unchanged. For Managing Director Christine Lagarde, this would alleviate immediate threats to the Fund's resource base. For European, Japanese and US representatives, it would also postpone the debate about shifts in voting powers to emerging markets.

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