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2019

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COMMENTARY: Franco-German questions on Europe

Wed 24 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Franco-German questions on Europe

With Britain on its way to leaving the EU, France and Germany are preparing in different fashions and with different expectations for a new European chapter in which the continent's two leading economies must come to terms with each other without the moderation of a third major player, writes David Marsh.

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COMMENTARY: Gender balance in central banks

Tue 23 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Gender balance in central banks

One of the oft-cited arguments used to convince organisations to commit to gender diversity is how it benefits decision-making. Anecdotal evidence and views from central bankers highlight the benefits of diversity in helping to reduce the likelihood of 'groupthink', writes Danae Kyriakopoulou.

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COMMENTARY: Fed running out of monetary ammunition

Thu 18 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Fed running out of monetary ammunition

It is clear that President Donald Trump is not concerned with whether the US will have the resources to fight the next downturn. His quest for ultra-easy monetary policy might cause the economy to overheat. Moreover, it would leave the Fed with scant ammunition to fight the next recession, writes Desmond Lachman.

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COMMENTARY: Brexit delay may mean end of May

Wed 17 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Brexit delay may mean end of May

Few predicted that the EU would extend the UK's Article 50 negotiating period by six months, a difficult compromise. Theoretically, that should be long enough to facilitate change. But one major reason to believe October could be too early is that the UK might by then have a new prime minister, writes James Smith.

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COMMENTARY: Belt and Road delivers crucial capital

Tue 16 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Belt and Road delivers crucial capital

China's Belt and Road initiative provides access to capital for connected emerging markets that have not had the necessary investment grade ratings to tap international bond markets. Infrastructure, the core of Belt and Road funding, is and has been the engine of growth for most economies, writes Yaseen Anwar.

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NEWS: Finance and climate: 'Distant thunder'

Tue 16 Apr Read More

NEWS: Finance and climate: 'Distant thunder'

World finance needs more data, more disclosure and better risk management to master climate change challenges, the Bank of England's Sarah Breeden told an OMFIF meeting in London focused on 'greening' China's Belt & Road. 'We can hear distant thunder,' she said. 'We cannot wait for the storm to hit.'

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COMMENTARY: Need for international standards in BRI

Tue 16 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: Need for international standards in BRI

Projects under the Chinese Belt and Road initiative have to be specific, well-designed and financeable, as well as fulfilling international standards, according to Baroness (Rona) Fairhead, minister of state at the UK ministry of international trade, at an OMFIF lunch.

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COMMENTARY: 'Submerging markets' pose global threat

Thu 11 Apr Read More

COMMENTARY: 'Submerging markets' pose global threat

Given their relatively small size, the Argentine and Turkish 'submerging markets' cannot by themselves constitute a significant threat to the global economic recovery. The same might not be said of Brazil and Mexico, both of which appear vulnerable to crisis and shaky economic stewardship, writes Desmond Lachman.

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