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2017

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NEWS: Rebalancing China's foreign investments

Sat 27 May Read More

NEWS: Rebalancing China's foreign investments

China is rebalancing its foreign investments away from holdings of other countries' debt (led by US government dollar bonds) towards greater equity holdings, with a large build-up in Europe, according to a presentation by David Marsh at the Shanghai Forum, held jointly with Magyar Nemzeti Bank.

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COMMENTARY: Trump 'impeachment risk rises'

Fri 26 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Trump 'impeachment risk rises'

Donald Trump’s sacking of the FBI director has put impeachment back on the agenda, writes Brian Reading. Claims that Trump’s staff colluded with Russia during the 2016 elections are centre stage again, but whether the president is impeached depends on popular opinion, election arithmetic and the economy.

 

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NEWS: Emmanuel Macron is an anti-populist populist

Thu 25 May Read More

NEWS: Emmanuel Macron is an anti-populist populist

'Mainstream politicians in Europe are taking over some populist arguments. Look at Mark Rutte and Emmanuel Macron, who is anti-populist populist. It is commendable that they are responding to the electorate's fears,' said Marek Belka, former prime minister of Poland, in a briefing on Europe's busy election schedule.

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COMMENTARY: Advice for Trump from Europe

Thu 25 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Advice for Trump from Europe

Donald Trump, this week on the European leg of his first international tour, might like to take some local advice on how to rescue his presidency from the maelstrom into which it appears to be descending, writes David Marsh. Buoyed perhaps by a week away from Washington, Trump will have had time to reflect.

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COMMENTARY: Don't be alarmed by the end of QE

Thu 25 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Don't be alarmed by the end of QE

Unconventional monetary policies like quantitative easing have been around for too long, writes Adam Glapiński, governor of the National Bank of Poland. They damage the financial system and stimulate moral hazard. That is why ending them may be far more beneficial than expected, even for those they have helped.

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COMMENTARY: Another May U-turn

Wed 24 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Another May U-turn

When Theresa May, the British prime minister, called a general election, a sweeping victory seemed guaranteed. After the launch of the Conservative party manifesto that certainty disappeared, writes Meghnad Desai. With the party’s lead in the polls dropping, May was forced into a U-turn on social care costs.

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COMMENTARY: High price of reducing uncertainty in Greece

Wed 24 May Read More

COMMENTARY: High price of reducing uncertainty in Greece

After seven volatile years of negotiations and a seven-hour Eurogroup meeting on Monday, a solution to Greece’s debt problem remains elusive, write Vicky Pryce and Danae Kyriakopoulou. But the clock is ticking. A release of further bail-out funds is essential if Greece is to avoid default when it is called to repay around €7bn of maturing loans in July.

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COMMENTARY: Iran votes for openness

Tue 23 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Iran votes for openness

Donald Trump has signalled a rejection of Barack Obama's policies towards Iran and President Hassan Rouhani, who secured a new term on Friday. But Iran's recent economic reforms and prospects for greater openness point towards increasing levels of inward investment, writes Danae Kyriakopoulou.

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