The OMFIF Podcast
Synopsis: European green policy, cutting the ECB inflation target, and signs pointing to a global recession

Synopsis: European green policy, cutting the ECB inflation target, and signs pointing to a global recession

December 6, 2019

In this episode of Synopsis, OMFIF’s weekly roundup of news and analysis, Senior Editor Julian Frazer looks back over the most recent articles published on the OMFIF website, including those on the possibility of a green policy realignment in Europe after the UK general election, why the European Central Bank should not cut its inflation target, and the various signs that point to an impending global recession. To receive our newsletters,visit https://thinktank.omfif.org/subscribe.

Articles and other items referenced:

  1. Europe reset on climate change
  2. Cutting ECB inflation target ill-advised
  3. Signs point to global recession
  4. Kenneth Clarke speaks with David Marsh about Brexit and the UK general election

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Synopsis: Federal Reserve communications, UK party manifestos, Trump’s troubled relationship with the dollar

Synopsis: Federal Reserve communications, UK party manifestos, Trump’s troubled relationship with the dollar

November 29, 2019

In this episode of Synopsis, OMFIF’s weekly roundup of news and analysis, Senior Editor Julian Frazer looks back over the most recent articles published on the OMFIF website, including those on the virtues and shortcomings of the Federal Reserve's financial stability reports, the manifestos presented by Britain's biggest political parties in the run up to the 12 December general election, and Donald Trump's vexed relationship with his currency. To receive our newsletters,visit https://thinktank.omfif.org/subscribe.

Articles and other items referenced:

  1. New Fed reports fall short on risks
  2. Statism v. 'safety first' in UK election
  3. Mighty dollar maddens Trump
  4. What is driving increased gold demand?
  5. Paris roundtable on making Europe competitive
  6. London seminar on central bank supervisory technology
  7. New York meeting on Asia's economic priorities for 2020

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Kenneth Clarke on the UK general election

Kenneth Clarke on the UK general election

November 28, 2019

Kenneth Clarke, a Conservative member of parliament for 49 years and the UK’s chancellor of the exchequer between 1993-97, speaks with OMFIF Chairman David Marsh in the run-up to the 12 December general election. They discuss the surreal circumstances that have changed the face of British politics since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as leader of the Labour party, and how Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson might conduct future negotiations with the European Union.

 

 

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The gold market: What is driving increased demand?

The gold market: What is driving increased demand?

November 26, 2019

Juan Carlos Artigas, director of investment research at the World Gold Council, joins Pierre Ortlieb, economist at OMFIF, to discuss recent developments in the gold market, as well as its future outlook. They pore over whether gold is becoming more pro-cyclical, the nature of central bank gold demand, and tools available to properly analyse the market.

 

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Synopsis: India hands reins to China, Boris Johnson on the campaign trail, and the future of the euro area

Synopsis: India hands reins to China, Boris Johnson on the campaign trail, and the future of the euro area

November 22, 2019

In this episode of Synopsis, OMFIF's weekly roundup of news and analysis, Senior Editor Julian Frazer looks back over the most recent articles published on the OMFIF website, including those on India's rejection of the RCEP, Boris Johnson on the UK campaign trail, and quelling German excess saving. To receive our newsletters,visit https://thinktank.omfif.org/subscribe.

Articles and other items referenced:

  1. India hands economic reins to China
  2. Awkward truths on UK campaign trail
  3. Quelling German excess saving
  4. Project financing for infrastructure development
  5. OMFIF-Banca d'Italia seminar in Rome

Music: Hey Mercy by Pierce Murphy is licensed under an Attribution License.

Project financing for infrastructure development

Project financing for infrastructure development

November 18, 2019

Infrastructure is vital for a country's economic and population growth. With increasing demand, especially in emerging economies, infrastructure spending in Asia is expected to grow faster than countries' funding capacity. Pablo Kang, senior executive at Australia's department of foreign affairs and trade's office of the Pacific, joins OMFIF's Angelia Lee to discuss the main objectives of the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific and the key infrastructure development issues that countries in the region face. They also talk about what  actions are needed to tackle these challenges and how the AIFFP can promote sustainability through its investment activities.

 

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Synopsis: Plaza 2, Italian surrealism, and Trump’s unmet economic promises

Synopsis: Plaza 2, Italian surrealism, and Trump’s unmet economic promises

November 15, 2019

In this episode of Synopsis, OMFIF's weekly roundup of news and analysis, Senior Editor Julian Frazer looks back over the most recent articles published on the OMFIF website, including those on the possibility of a second Plaza accord, Italy's surreal political crisis, and Donald Trump's unmet economic promises. To receive our newsletters,visit https://thinktank.omfif.org/subscribe.

Articles and other items referenced:

  1. Scepticism on second Plaza accord
  2. Italy a picture of political surrealism
  3. Trump's unmet economic promises
  4. Reflections on Lagarde, Germany and the future of the ECB
  5. The future of the euro area: Capital market integration
  6. Investment opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa

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Reflections on Lagarde, Germany and the future of the ECB

Reflections on Lagarde, Germany and the future of the ECB

November 12, 2019

In her first week as president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde presented former German finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble with an award from the association of German magazine publishers. During this engagement she did not speak of monetary policy but rather called for Europe to have ‘strength, resolve and courage’.

In a discussion with Ellie Groves, OMFIF Chairman David Marsh and his US counterpart Mark Sobel offer differing views on how Lagarde will best achieve the ECB mandate of ensuring price stability. Sobel argues that the continuation of loose monetary policy is required, whereas Marsh focuses on Germany’s wish for policy normalisation. Both agree that ECB policies should be pan-European and the central bank's new chief has a great strength in her convivial leadership style.

 

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Fed Talk: Can structural problems in money markets be resolved?

Fed Talk: Can structural problems in money markets be resolved?

November 8, 2019

Bill Nelson, chief economist at the Bank Policy Institute and Allan Malz, Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University, both former Federal Reserve staffers, join Pierre Ortlieb, Economist at OMFIF, to discuss the outcome and consequences of the late October FOMC meeting. They discuss, among other things, whether the chosen measures are warranted given the relative strength of the US economy, and what the Fed might undertake to resolve deeper, structural problems in money markets.

 

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Women in finance: How fintech can promote gender balance

Women in finance: How fintech can promote gender balance

November 5, 2019

Digital disruption is forcing the financial industry to change and upskill, creating new opportunities and removing conventional barriers to entry. Tram Anh Nguyen, co-founder of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship, talks to OMFIF’s Kat Usita about how fintech is opening up new ways for women to enter the traditionally male-dominated field of finance.

Download OMFIF's annual Gender Balance Index which tracks the presence of men and women in senior positions of public financial institutions globally here.

To register for the launch of the Sixth Gender Balance Index in Singapore, see here.

 

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