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Sobel on unsound dollar intervention, OMFIF appoints new chief executive, and more

Sobel on unsound dollar intervention, OMFIF appoints new chief executive, and more
USA’s President Donald Trump Sobel on unsound dollar intervention, OMFIF appoints new chief executive, and more THE WEEKEND REVIEW  Latest opinion and analysis from OMFIF around the world 5-19 July 2019, Vol.10 Ed.29 Most-Read Commentary Trump’s unsound dollar intervention idea: Markets...
July 20th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance, Markets, Reports, Statistics, Stock Markets, Trade and Commerce | Read More

The BDI@2,170 with mess in two of Planet Ocean’s dire straits

The BDI@2,170 with mess in two of Planet Ocean’s dire straits
John Faraclas The BDI@2,170 with mess in two of Planet Ocean’s dire straits The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) was up earlier on today 40 points standing at 2,170; the perplexed geopolitics now confirm our fears on our numerous written hints on Planet Ocean’s dire straits over the last seven years following...
July 19th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, European Union, Flags, Insight, Markets, News, Organisations, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Towards new ‘de facto’ gold standard, British and German economic and financial diplomacy

Towards new ‘de facto’ gold standard, British and German economic and financial diplomacy
. Towards new ‘de facto’ gold standard, British and German economic and financial diplomacy Commentary: Towards new ‘de facto’ gold standard By Willem Middelkoop in Aerdenhout China wants to increase in the shortest time possible its gold reserves to at least 8,000 tonnes. This...
July 18th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Markets, News | Read More

Trump’s unsound dollar intervention idea, Are financial services prepared for a no-deal Brexit?

Trump’s unsound dollar intervention idea, Are financial services prepared for a no-deal Brexit?
.. Trump’s unsound dollar intervention idea, Are financial services prepared for a no-deal Brexit? Commentary: Trump’s unsound dollar intervention idea By Mark Sobel in Washington Markets are abuzz with rumours President Donald Trump will order the US Treasury to intervene in foreign exchange...
July 17th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, European Union, Finance, Markets, News, Politics and Government | Read More

‘Japanification’ of monetary policy, OMFIF’s Summer Bulletin

‘Japanification’ of monetary policy, OMFIF’s Summer Bulletin
. ‘Japanification’ of monetary policy, OMFIF’s Summer Bulletin Commentary: ‘Japanification’ of monetary policy By Neil Williams in London Rising populism, the exacerbation of economic inequality by quantitative easing, and calls for the reversal of globalisation point to...
July 16th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance, Markets, News, Reports | Read More

Darrell Delamaide on the Fed, David Marsh on the ECB, and more

Darrell Delamaide on the Fed, David Marsh on the ECB, and more
Jerome Powell Darrell Delamaide on the Fed, David Marsh on the ECB, and more THE WEEKEND REVIEW  Latest opinion and analysis from OMFIF around the world 8-12 July 2019, Vol.10 Ed.28 Most-Read Commentary Market expectations test Fed mettle: All eyes will be on Fed Chair Jerome Powell this week...
July 13th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, News, Politics and Government, Reports | Read More

Market surges into new heights whilst Geopolitics to new lows…

Market surges into new heights whilst Geopolitics to new lows…
John Faraclas Market surges into new heights whilst Geopolitics to new lows… The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) got to yet another high: 1,865 points – up 49! It was also 125 points higher since last Friday the 5th of July when it stood at 1,740…Geopolitics too messy! John Faraclas’ brief daily and...
July 12th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Insight, Markets, News, Safety and Security, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Tenders, Trade and Commerce | Read More

New Democracy, old challenges, History and outlook of covered bonds

New Democracy, old challenges, History and outlook of covered bonds
Kyriakos Mitsotakis New Democracy, old challenges, History and outlook of covered bonds Commentary: New Democracy, old challenges By Danae Kyriakopoulou in Athens The victory of the centre-right New Democracy party and its leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Greece’s general election on Sunday 7 July...
July 11th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance, News, Politics and Government | Read More

ECB deal ‘unbalanced’ for Germany, Roundtable with Bernard Jenkin MP

ECB deal ‘unbalanced’ for Germany, Roundtable with Bernard Jenkin MP
. ECB deal ‘unbalanced’ for Germany, Roundtable with Bernard Jenkin MP Commentary: ECB deal ‘unbalanced’ for Germany By David Marsh in London In the drawn-out annals of Franco-German wrangles over economic and monetary union, last week’s deal over top European posts, including...
July 10th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Country Profiles, Finance, Markets, News | Read More

Mark Sobel on Christine Lagarde’s ECB appointment, Summer Bulletin, and more

Mark Sobel on Christine Lagarde’s ECB appointment, Summer Bulletin, and more
Christine Lagarde Mark Sobel on Christine Lagarde’s ECB appointment, Summer Bulletin, and more OMFIF update week 27  – 1-5 July 2019 Vol.10  Ed.27 COMMENTARY  Ignore Lagarde’s doubters Christine Lagarde’s nomination to the ECB presidency has rightfully generated much positive...
July 6th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, News | Read More

The BDI@ 1,700 amid a Geopolitical pandemonium…

The BDI@ 1,700 amid a Geopolitical pandemonium…
John Faraclas The BDI@ 1,700 amid a Geopolitical pandemonium… The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) gained 151 points earlier on today. Geopolitics on all five continents are messy and surely Shipping will one way or another be affected. John Faraclas brief daily recap: Having reached the 1,700 points threshold...
July 4th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Markets, News, Politics and Government, Reports, Safety and Security, Sanctions, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Lagarde’s shattering ECB move, Financial Stability Oversight Council and non-bank financial companies

Lagarde’s shattering ECB move, Financial Stability Oversight Council and non-bank financial companies
Christine Lagarde Lagarde’s shattering ECB move, Financial Stability Oversight Council and non-bank financial companies Commentary: Lagarde’s shattering ECB move By David Marsh in London Christine Lagarde’s nomination to run the European Central Bank is a high-risk, French-orchestrated...
July 4th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, European Union, Finance, Organisations, Politics and Government | Read More

The BDI@1,549; “resurrection”?

The BDI@1,549; “resurrection”?
John Faraclas The BDI@1,549; “resurrection”? The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) ended up 103 points earlier on today with the Capes gaining 222 points! Geopolitics in limbo. John Faraclas’ brief daily recap: The Capes surpassed the 2,900 point threshold with the BCI at 2,939 points… The Panamaxes BPI...
July 3rd, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Insight, Markets, News, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Currency action is a distraction, Brazilian economic outlook

Currency action is a distraction, Brazilian economic outlook
  Commentary: Currency action is a distraction By Mark Sobel in Washington Undoubtedly, the US current account deficit is attributable partly to harmful currency practices. The dollar’s function as reserve currency plays a role. But this deficit is also homemade. US macro policy can hardly...
July 3rd, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Country Profiles, Finance | Read More

Italy must revive sense of direction, Financial market manipulation

Italy must revive sense of direction, Financial market manipulation
Italy must revive sense of direction, Financial market manipulation Commentary: Italy must revive sense of direction By Antonio Armellini in Rome The reversal in relative strength of Italy’s two governing partners, Lega and the Five Star Movement, did not bring greater clarity, as they continue...
July 2nd, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Corruption, Country Profiles, Finance, Markets | Read More

The BDI@1,381: plain sailing before the tempest arrives…

The BDI@1,381: plain sailing before the tempest arrives…
John Faraclas The BDI@1,381: plain sailing before the tempest arrives… The BDI  (Baltic dry Index)  gained 27 points as the month begins and now reads 1,381; Geopolitics as have stressed are in the worse state of affairs with contradictory news and reports flying around. John Faraclas’ brief recap: The...
July 1st, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Events, Markets, Military, News, Reports, Shipping Indices, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Denis MacShane on the Swiss-EU row, Mark Sobel and other policy experts on the G20, and more

Denis MacShane on the Swiss-EU row, Mark Sobel and other policy experts on the G20, and more
Denis MacShane on the Swiss-EU row, Mark Sobel and other policy experts on the G20, and more OMFIF UPDATE – WEEK 26 2019 24-28 June 2019 Vol.10 Ed.26   COMMENTARY  Swiss-EU row offers taste of Brexit A stand-off with the EU has left Swiss bourses facing a shut-out from trading across Europe,...
June 29th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Events, Finance, Headlines, Insight, Markets, News | Read More

Rich weekly pickings for the BDI amid perplexed and enigmatic geopolitics

Rich weekly pickings for the BDI amid perplexed and enigmatic geopolitics
John Faraclas Rich weekly pickings for the BDI amid perplexed and enigmatic geopolitics The BDI (Baltic Dry Index)  clinched 14 points earlier on today and now stands at 1,354; it has been diminishing a bit but… on a weekly basis the BDI was up 115 points –  from 1,239 as of Friday the 21 June....
June 28th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Insight, Markets, News, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More

Swiss-EU row offers a taste of Brexit, Ahead of the G20 podcast

Swiss-EU row offers a taste of Brexit, Ahead of the G20 podcast
 Swiss-EU row offers a taste of Brexit, Ahead of the G20 podcast Commentary: Swiss-EU row offers a taste of Brexit By Denis MacShane in London A stand-off between Switzerland and the European Union has left Swiss stock exchanges facing a shut-out from trading across Europe, a foretaste of what could befall...
June 27th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Trade and Commerce | Read More

All eyes on G20 sidelines, Overcoming barriers to Indonesia’s infrastructure investment

All eyes on G20 sidelines, Overcoming barriers to Indonesia’s infrastructure investment
. All eyes on G20 sidelines, Overcoming barriers to Indonesia’s infrastructure investment Commentary: All eyes on G20 sidelines By OMFIF Editors In the second of a pair of articles about the forthcoming G20 meeting, a group of policy experts from around the world discuss how the Osaka summit presents...
June 26th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Markets | Read More

The BDI@1,280; contained rise

The BDI@1,280; contained rise
John Faraclas The BDI@1,280; contained rise The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) gained 22 points and we hope it maintains this pace given that we approach the mid-summer period when normally rates are down. Geopolitics continue to be dangerously perplexed. John Faraclas brief daily recap: The Capes slow down...
June 25th, 2019 | Art and auctions, Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Events, Exhibitions, Markets, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More

G20 must adapt to new global reality, The next decade of finance

G20 must adapt to new global reality, The next decade of finance
… G20 must adapt to new global reality, The next decade of finance Commentary: G20 must adapt to new global reality By OMFIF Editors In anticipation of the 14th G20 summit on 28-29 June, to be hosted in Osaka by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, OMFIF US Chairman Mark Sobel asked a group of policy...
June 25th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Dialogs and Debates, Finance, Markets, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Fed to signal imminent rate cuts, Financial market manipulation and regulatory reform

Fed to signal imminent rate cuts, Financial market manipulation and regulatory reform
Fed to signal imminent rate cuts, Financial market manipulation and regulatory reform Commentary: Fed to signal imminent rate cuts By James Knightley in London Concerns about the implications of President Donald Trump’s willingness to use trade tariffs in disputes mean downside risks to US growth...
June 19th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, News | Read More

China writing new interbank rules, OMFIF launches Global Public Investor 2019

China writing new interbank rules, OMFIF launches Global Public Investor 2019
China writing new interbank rules, OMFIF launches Global Public Investor 2019 Commentary: China writing new interbank rules By Herbert Poenisch in Beijing China’s commercial banks have struggled in the international arena. They are the biggest in the world, but must abide by rules written over...
June 13th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance, Markets, Reports | Read More

Trump tariffs threaten world economy, Italy at a crossroads

Trump tariffs threaten world economy, Italy at a crossroads
USA’s president Donald Trump Trump tariffs threaten world economy, Italy at a crossroads Commentary: Trump tariffs threaten world economy By Desmond Lachman in Washington Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on the China trade issue could lead to a slowing in the world’s second largest economy....
June 12th, 2019 | Comment, Country Profiles, News, Reports, Trade and Commerce | Read More