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2017

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COMMENTARY: May's high-stakes gamble

Wed 26 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: May's high-stakes gamble

Theresa May's call for a UK general election is a perilous combination of low risk and high stakes, writes Joergen Moeller. Though her party is likely to win a comfortable majority, the risk of a hung parliament is so frightening that May's move comes across as unnecessary gambling with the nation's future.

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COMMENTARY: Clarity is a central bank virtue

Wed 26 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Clarity is a central bank virtue

The calm development of the Czech koruna's exchange rate following the removal of its currency floor offers a useful example for central banks preparing to exit unconventional policies, writes Miroslav Signer. The Czech National Bank's clarity has enabled the economy to ready itself against volatility risks.

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COMMENTARY: Perilous timing for financial deregulation

Tue 25 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Perilous timing for financial deregulation

Trump hopes to spur domestic lending through financial deregulation. But the prospect of hot money flowing into the US makes this a perilous time to overhaul regulations intended to curb speculative activity, and may result in a return to conditions that preceded the financial crisis, writes Danae Kyriakopoulou.

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COMMENTARY: Centre ground holds in France

Mon 24 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Centre ground holds in France

The centre ground has held in France as presidential favourite Emmanuel Macron won an unexpectedly strong lead over far-right leader Marine Le Pen. The confidence-boosting result adds a further gloss to the generally more benign picture of the world economy that has emerged in recent months.

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NEWS: Fed independence 'pressure' over Trump growth plans

Mon 24 Apr Read More

NEWS: Fed independence 'pressure' over Trump growth plans

The gap between Donald Trump's optimistic plans for 4% US growth and the Federal Reserve's more sober assessments will put pressure on the Fed's independence, since Trump will wish the central bank to run a lax monetary policy to boost the economy, according to panelists at an OMFIF-MGI meeting in Washington.

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NEWS: Regulators 'should adjust tighter rules'

Sun 23 Apr Read More

NEWS: Regulators 'should adjust tighter rules'

International regulators should consider recalibrating some elements of tighter financial rules to help safeguard growth, but should guard against undue unwinding, Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said in a Washington OMFIF City Lecture.

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COMMENTARY: Setting stability for poll aftermath

Fri 21 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Setting stability for poll aftermath

The competition to choose the next president of France is wide open. Responding to the worries about stability as well as inconclusive news on inflation, the German Bundesbank and the Banque de France seem to have reached an informal compact on monetary policy unity, writes David Marsh.

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COMMENTARY: Xi can give Trump history lesson

Fri 21 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Xi can give Trump history lesson

If left alone, economic hardship and Chinese pressure will result in regime change in North Korea, writes Brian Reading. Hopefully Chinese President Xi Jinping can give Donald Trump a history lesson, so he understands better what is at stake. Washington cannot solve the North Korean problem alone.

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