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

Global Public Investor launch 2019

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

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12 February 2019 / Latin America

Venezuela's death spiral

Under President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela has fallen ever further into an economic death spiral. Evidence of this comes from Venezuela's inflation rate, which is running at 139,839% per year. At the same time that Washington declared economic war, Caracas announced it was going to devalue the bolívar in an attempt to allow its value to align with that in the black market. The official bolívar-dollar exchange rate plunged and shot past the black market rate. This realignment carries significant implications.

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31 January 2019 / Europe

Outlook for reserve asset management

Asset and reserve management seminar

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16 November 2018 / China

Renminbi's global reserve share rising

Asset class diversification continues to be a key theme for central bank foreign exchange reserves managers. Despite a weaker renminbi/dollar rate this year, the Chinese currency has increased its share in global reserves, according to IMF data. The latest report shows a jump in renminbi holdings of around $50bn in the second quarter of 2018. Less than a decade after the launch of the renminbi internationalisation initiative, we estimate that more than 60 central banks have renminbi in their reserves. But allocations are still relatively small.

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12 October 2018 / China

No 'competitive devaluation' in China

When the Trump administration asserts that China steals intellectual property, violates foreign investor rights, engages in wrongful wholesale subsidisation of the economy, and raises questions about industrial policy pursuant to 'Made in China 2025', it stands on solid ground. Its assertions about 'competitive devaluations' by China, however, do not stand up to scrutiny. The renminbi's decline primarily reflects a strong US economy as well as contrasting cyclical developments in China, notwithstanding the efforts of Beijing's officialdom to curb pressures on the currency.

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10 October 2018 / North America,Europe

In Conversation: Jeffrey Frankel

In Conversation: Jeffrey Frankel, Harvard University

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