Posts Tagged ‘OMFIF’

Merkel setback hurts EMU reform chances, Future of the euro area

Merkel setback hurts EMU reform chances, Future of the euro area
Angela Merkel Commentary: Merkel setback hurts EMU reform odds By David Marsh in Bali The stunning setback for Germany’s coalition parties in Sunday’s Bavarian state elections will toughen Chancellor Angela Merkel’s already difficult task of winning consensus for reforming and strengthening...
October 16th, 2018 | Banking, Comment, Finance | Read More

Global momentum abating, The role of central banks in greening finance

Global momentum abating, The role of central banks in greening finance
. Commentary: Global momentum abating By David Skilling in Singapore The global economy is slowing, and headwinds are unlikely to disappear soon. But looking across small advanced economies – helpful indicators for the health of the world economy – suggests this is more a moderation in economic momentum....
October 15th, 2018 | Banking, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Insight, News | Read More

Central banks’ balancing act, All eyes on Asia Bulletin

Central banks’ balancing act, All eyes on Asia Bulletin
Commentary: Central banks’ balancing act By Veerathai Santiprabhob in Bangkok Independence is one of central banks’ most important attributes, but the way they exercise this has evolved. To navigate the impact of globalised financial conditions, central banks will need to revisit their...
October 11th, 2018 | Banking, Finance | Read More

Absa Africa Financial Markets Index: Signs of progress amid regional economic weakness

Absa Africa Financial Markets Index: Signs of progress amid regional economic weakness
Botswana, Kenya and Nigeria have moved up the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index, produced by OMFIF, and South Africa remains in top position, supported by strong financial market infrastructure and a robust legal framework. However, South Africa’s macroeconomic performance has deteriorated over...
October 11th, 2018 | Banking, Finance, Reports | Read More

ECB faces QE dilemma, Developing the UAE as a centre of green finance

ECB faces QE dilemma, Developing the UAE as a centre of green finance
. Commentary: ECB faces QE dilemma By Marchel Alexandrovich in London While Italy continues to dominate the headlines, the European Central Bank is more interested in the big picture: the continuing economic recovery, building inflationary pressure, the end of quantitative easing and guiding interest...
October 10th, 2018 | Banking, Comment, Events, Insight, Reports | Read More

Euro will not survive if Italy fails, Assessing a decade of QE

Euro will not survive if Italy fails, Assessing a decade of QE
. Commentary: Euro will not survive if Italy fails By Desmond Lachman in Washington An Italian debt default would trigger a European banking crisis with global economic and financial market ramifications. Italy is the euro area’s third largest economy. If it fails, the single currency cannot survive....
October 9th, 2018 | Banking, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Country Profiles, Finance | Read More

End of the ‘flat world’, City Lecture with James Bullard

End of the ‘flat world’, City Lecture with James Bullard
. Commentary: End of the ‘flat world’ By David Skilling in Singapore A few years before the 2008 financial crisis, journalist Tom Friedman captured the zeitgeist with his argument that ‘the world is flat’, that all competitors in the global economy have an equal opportunity to...
October 5th, 2018 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Fed moves to a hawkish consensus, Executive Programme in Gold Reserves Management

Fed moves to a hawkish consensus, Executive Programme in Gold Reserves Management
Commentary: Fed moves to a hawkish consensus By Darrell Delamaide in Washington At the Federal Reserve, the doves are flocking to the hawk side of the perch as a consensus grows that policy-makers should temper robust US growth with a steady increase in interest rates, reflecting strong growth, low unemployment...
October 1st, 2018 | Banking, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Finance, Markets, News | Read More

Overcoming fragmenting geopolitics, OMFIF at the IMF

Overcoming fragmenting geopolitics, OMFIF at the IMF
.. Commentary: Overcoming fragmenting geopolitics By Mark Sobel in Washington The IMF’s expert staff, surveillance and technical assistance are important public goods, as is its machinery for international financial co-operation. Financial crises will remain endemic. In those moments, even the...
September 28th, 2018 | Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums | Read More

IMF adapts and underpins legitimacy, Shaping the future of central banks

IMF adapts and underpins legitimacy, Shaping the future of central banks
.. Commentary: IMF adapts and underpins legitimacy By Mark Sobel in Washington The two decades since the Asia financial crisis have not been easy for the International Monetary Fund. It grappled with the rise of China and emerging markets, and the 2008 financial crisis. Then it faced Europe’s...
September 27th, 2018 | Banking, Reports | Read More

Past, present and future of the IMF, Islamic private equity podcast

Past, present and future of the IMF, Islamic private equity podcast
.. Commentary: Past, present and future of the IMF By Mark Sobel in Washington This year’s International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group annual meetings will take place in Bali, Indonesia, two decades following the Asia financial crisis and in one of the countries that posed great challenges for...
September 26th, 2018 | Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Reports | Read More

Risks of Belt and Road in Africa, Tokyo climate change seminar

Risks of Belt and Road in Africa, Tokyo climate change seminar
.. Commentary: Risks of Belt and Road in Africa By Kat Usita in London Apprehension over China’s Belt and Road initiative continues to build. Some observers have accused Beijing of unduly exerting influence on other countries in the guise of infrastructure assistance. It is increasingly apparent...
September 25th, 2018 | Climate, Environment, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums | Read More

Proposals for new Brexit statecraft, Launch of Absa Africa Financial Markets Index

Proposals for new Brexit statecraft, Launch of Absa Africa Financial Markets Index
Commentary: Proposals for new Brexit statecraft By Joergen Oerstroem Moeller in Singapore After the failure of the EU Salzburg summit to agree Theresa May’s plan for withdrawal, the chances that Britain will leave without a deal have risen significantly. What is needed is a different statecraft...
September 24th, 2018 | Communication, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Markets, Reports | Read More

Remembering Reggie Dale, Banks prepared for ‘guillotine Brexit’, Islamic finance podcast

Remembering Reggie Dale, Banks prepared for ‘guillotine Brexit’, Islamic finance podcast
Reginald ‘Reggie’ Dale, 1940-2018 Obituary: Reginald ‘Reggie’ Dale, 1940-2018 Reginald ‘Reggie’ Dale, OMFIF advisers network member, who died on 18 September, was a much-admired commentator on European politics and economics with a matchless catalogue of contacts...
September 21st, 2018 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Insight, News, Obituaries, Reports | Read More

A regulatory approach to fintech, The valuation of energy and infrastructure investments

A regulatory approach to fintech, The valuation of energy and infrastructure investments
.. Commentary: A regulatory approach to fintech By Christine Lagarde in Washington On the one hand, regulators must protect consumers and investors against fraud and combat tax evasion, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. They must also protect the integrity and stability of the financial...
September 20th, 2018 | Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Finance, Markets, Reports | Read More

Measuring geopolitics’ impact on markets, Africa connected

Measuring geopolitics’ impact on markets, Africa connected
… Commentary: Measuring geopolitics’ impact on markets By Elliot Hentov, Alexander Petrov and Fabrizio Zumbo In Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo, news of an impending revolution in Spain creates financial panic among French investors. Some sell Spanish bonds at...
September 19th, 2018 | Markets, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Managing economic integration in Africa, OMFIF at the IMF

Managing economic integration in Africa, OMFIF at the IMF
. Commentary: Managing economic integration in Africa By Max Roch in London In the West, protectionism and an affinity for hard borders are on the rise. Other parts of the world, however, are adopting market-orientated initiatives appealing to the centre ground of politics, most notably Africa. In March,...
September 18th, 2018 | Reports | Read More

Overblown rhetoric over UK withdrawal, City Lecture with Charles Evans

Overblown rhetoric over UK withdrawal, City Lecture with Charles Evans
.. Commentary: Overblown rhetoric over UK withdrawal By David Marsh in Kraków The rhetorical battle over the best way for Britain to exit the EU has witnessed a ratcheting up of overblown invective from all sides. We have dire technocratic admonitions on the effects of a ‘no deal’ Brexit...
September 17th, 2018 | Banking, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Reports | Read More

Threat of ‘currency bullying’, The UK’s macroeconomic outlook

Threat of ‘currency bullying’, The UK’s macroeconomic outlook
.. Commentary: Threat of ‘currency bullying’ By Otaviano Canuto in Washington In July the IMF released its 2018 External Sector Report, its latest assessment of the current account balances of the world’s 30 largest economies. There are reasons to expect abrupt alterations ahead, particularly...
September 14th, 2018 | Banking, Insight, Markets, Reports | Read More

Ernest Addison, Jingdong Hua and Vera Songwe at the launch of the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index

Ernest Addison, Jingdong Hua and Vera Songwe at the launch of the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index
We are pleased to announce that Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison, governor of the Bank of Ghana, Jingdong Hua, vice-president and treasurer of the International Finance Corporation, and Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the United Nations economic commission for Africa, will join the panel discussion...
September 13th, 2018 | Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums | Read More

Robotics’ existential impact on labour, Meeting with Governor Perry Warjiyo

Robotics’ existential impact on labour, Meeting with Governor Perry Warjiyo
. Commentary: Robotics’ existential impact on labour By Bhavin Patel in London Robots are becoming more reliable, proficient and cheap, which incentivises companies to automate processes, despite the risk of major disruption to traditional labour markets. Today’s pace of innovation is becoming...
September 11th, 2018 | Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Reports, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Target-2 enters the political sphere, In Conversation with Daniel Hardy

Target-2 enters the political sphere, In Conversation with Daniel Hardy
. Commentary: Target-2 enters the political sphere By Frank Westermann in Osnabrück A fierce debate is underway in Germany on the Target-2 balances, the intra-euro area settlement accounts. Target-2 claims of the Bundesbank, amounting to more than €900bn, constitute nearly 30% of German GDP; similar...
September 10th, 2018 | Banking, Finance | Read More

Mark Sobel on Turkey, OMFIF at the IMF, and more

Mark Sobel on Turkey, OMFIF at the IMF, and more
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan OMFIF Update – Week 36 2018  3-7 September Vol.8 .Ed.36 COMMENTARY Four proposals to lower contagion The international community needs to do a better job in guarding against financial market contagion. The collapse of Turkish markets makes the question...
September 8th, 2018 | Markets, Reports | Read More

Unity strengthening in Visegrád group, Central Bank of Ireland meeting

Unity strengthening in Visegrád group, Central Bank of Ireland meeting
… Commentary: Unity strengthening in Visegrád group By Miroslav Singer in Prague Solidarity among the Visegrád group – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – played a major role in the EU abandoning common allocation quotas for migrants. Opposition to these quotas is just one...
September 7th, 2018 | Banking, Markets, Reports | Read More

‘Tokenisation’ of infrastructure assets, The valuation of real assets

‘Tokenisation’ of infrastructure assets, The valuation of real assets
.. Commentary: ‘Tokenisation’ of infrastructure assets By Mitchell Chan and Darius Sit in Singapore A large funding gap exists in the infrastructure space. Available funding covers only 10% of sanctioned projects, while 90% of financing for Asian infrastructure projects comes from the public...
September 6th, 2018 | Finance, Markets | Read More