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COMMENTARY: Forgoing EU benefits 'act of self-harm'

Wed 23 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Forgoing EU benefits 'act of self-harm'

I was a diplomat for nearly 40 years, writes David Warren, and spent much of that time promoting British trade and attracting FDI. Membership of the EU single market and customs union was a magnet for the latter, and no hindrance to the former. For the UK, dispensing with these benefits would be an act of self-harm.

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COMMENTARY: Delegating power to the governors

Tue 22 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Delegating power to the governors

'Unelected Power', from Paul Tucker, former Bank of England deputy governor, ranges over the risks of untrammelled growth in central bank powers after the financial crisis and the need to constrain them in a series of agency agreements fully intertwined into the fabric of elected government, writes David Marsh.

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COMMENTARY: Flexibility in allocation strategy

Mon 21 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Flexibility in allocation strategy

Low bonds yields, declining oil prices, quantitative easing, low interest rates, slow productivity growth and aging populations have led to heated debate over which asset classes public investors should pursue, writes Ben Robinson. It has also helped the shift into alternatives such as property and infrastructure.

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COMMENTARY: Privacy is big business

Fri 18 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Privacy is big business

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation becomes law on 25 May. No company collecting and processing EU individuals' data is exempt, warns Sarah Butler. Penalties for non-compliance are up to €20m, or 4% of annual turnover. OMFIF has redefined its data-processing activities to demonstrate best practice.

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COMMENTARY: Argentina's latest IMF trial

Thu 17 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Argentina's latest IMF trial

If ever there was a country in need of IMF aid, it is Argentina, writes Desmond Lachman. The peso is in free fall, and the government's credibility has been undermined by its attempts to curb the central bank's independence. The last thing Latin America needs is for Argentina to spiral out of control.

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COMMENTARY: Lowering the Fed balance sheet

Wed 16 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Lowering the Fed balance sheet

With rising inflation and a tightened labour market putting upward pressure on wage growth, it is unsurprising that some analysts expect the Fed to lift rates four times this year. At the same time, the Fed's long-term plan to shrink its unprecedently large balance sheet is in its sixth month, writes Otaviano Canuto.

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COMMENTARY: Rebels take charge of Brexit

Tue 15 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Rebels take charge of Brexit

Because of a handful of British parliamentarians, the UK's Brexit process is now more convoluted than ever, only 10 months away from the formal date of departure. Local elections in England on 3 May, which broadly confirmed the political status quo, have if anything deepened the stalemate, writes Chris Ostrowski.

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COMMENTARY: Germany's important Target-2 debate

Mon 14 May Read More

COMMENTARY: Germany's important Target-2 debate

German economists are debating what would happen to Target-2 intra-euro area imbalances if a member country left Europe's economic and monetary union. They are suggesting a framework to transform these imbalances into a collectable debt or credit that would be settled by the departing state, says Marcello Minenna.

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