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2017

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COMMENTARY: Trump’s ill-timed revival of Reaganomics

Tue 28 Feb Read More

COMMENTARY: Trump’s ill-timed revival of Reaganomics

Financial markets responded positively to President Donald Trump’s election, as commentators expected they would, writes John Mourmouras. The anticipation of a more active fiscal strategy assumes that Trump will revive the package of policies known as Reaganomics.

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COMMENTARY: Consequences of clearing

Tue 28 Feb Read More

COMMENTARY: Consequences of clearing

Sir Jon Cunliffe of the Bank of England presented a robust assessment of the state of the world’s ‘financial infrastructure’. In the discussion that followed the lecture, writes John Nugee, Cunliffe’s audience focused on three consequences of the direction that global regulators have chosen.

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COMMENTARY: Capital flight towards Germany

Mon 27 Feb Read More

COMMENTARY: Capital flight towards Germany

Peugeot, the French car maker, is taking over Germany’s Opel. The German Bundesbank’s claims under Target-2 have reached a new record. At first sight these are unrelated. Yet they have something in common. Each signals capital flight towards Germany, writes Frank Westermann.

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COMMENTARY: Bumpy post-Brexit ride

Mon 27 Feb Read More

COMMENTARY: Bumpy post-Brexit ride

Britain and Germany are inching towards an accord on financial market co-operation after Brexit, but the journey could be a bumpy ride, writes David Marsh. Andreas Dombret of the Bundesbank warns that rationality would not necessarily guide policy-making during a politically fraught period.

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NEWS: 'Cascade' method to sustainable finance

Fri 24 Feb Read More

NEWS: 'Cascade' method to sustainable finance

Joaquim Levy, managing director and chief financial officer of the World Bank Group, advocated the adoption of a 'cascade approach' to sustainable infrastructure financing at a breakfast discussion in London organised by OMFIF. Levy spoke on the subject of climate-friendly investment in developing countries.

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COMMENTARY: Trump has his own party to fear

Fri 24 Feb Read More

COMMENTARY: Trump has his own party to fear

Only three presidents have ever faced impeachment, and each had to confront opposition-party control. Today, Republicans run both the White House and Congress. Donald Trump has his own party to fear, writes Brian Reading. As his time in office passes, Trump is more likely to make new enemies than new friends.

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NEWS: ECB policy 'can't be only game in town'

Thu 23 Feb Read More

NEWS: ECB policy 'can't be only game in town'

'Monetary policy cannot be the only game in town: other policy-makers must display the same commitment to ensuring a sustainable economic recovery', according to Peter Praet, member of the executive board and chief economist of the European Central Bank, at an OMFIF meeting in London.

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COMMENTARY: The dangers of redenomination

Thu 23 Feb Read More

COMMENTARY: The dangers of redenomination

As in 2011 and 2012, rising risk today of the reintroduction of domestic currencies in Europe from the possibility of a French exit from the euro area would boost risk premiums and encourage money to flow out of weaker economies and into Germany, write Stephen Cecchetti and Kim Schoenholtz.

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