July 31, 2020
As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads across the US, affecting public health and the economy, the Federal Reserve is holding rates near zero and taking steps to ensure global dollar liquidity. Lewis Alexander, chief economist at Nomura, joins Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, to discuss the Fed’s policy decision, concerns about the US economy, and the role of monetary and fiscal policy in managing the crisis.
July 28, 2020
Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK, joins David Marsh, OMFIF chairman, to discuss world trading relationships. They focus on the growing tensions between the US and China, the UK's decision to ban Huawei from its 5G networks, Hong Kong protests, and Taiwan.
July 23, 2020
In the second edition of the OMFIF-KPMG Asia podcast series, Jingdong Hua, vice-president and treasurer of the World Bank Group, joins KPMG’s Mina Sekiguchi and OMFIF’s Kat Usita to discuss sustainable infrastructure and the pandemic's impact on the green transition. What role will infrastructure play in the ‘green recovery’? What are the challenges in the green energy transition? How can infrastructure development support climate resilience and other sustainability goals? In the midst of Covid-19 disruption, how can we ensure a sustainable digital environment?
July 22, 2020
David Birch, author and adviser on digital currencies, joins Phil Middleton, chairman of the Digital Monetary Institute, to discuss David's book, The Currency Cold War: Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and Hegemony. Their far-reaching conversation covers the central bank digital currency landscape, private currencies, and whether crime rates can really be demolished in this new era of digital currencies. Further topics include the regeneration of interbank settlement and the restructuring of financial markets, both domestically and internationally.
July 14, 2020
Tom Groom, managing partner for financial services at EY, joins Danae Kyriakopoulou, OMFIF’s chief economist and director of research, to discuss the opportunities and risks to the sustainability agenda from the Covid-19 crisis. They focus on challenges for supervisors balancing priorities for immediate economic relief with the need to ensure a green recovery, the banking sector’s preparedness for upcoming regulations and the innovations needed in capital markets to scale up sustainable investment opportunities.
July 8, 2020
Wolfram Seidemann, chief executive officer of G+D Currency Technology, joins David Marsh, chairman of OMFIF, to discuss how central bank digital currency has gained traction among public and private sector institutions and if Covid-19 is a motivating factor for central banks to adopt digital currency. They also discuss at the state of blockchain technology, privacy concerns and the benefits CBDC may offer to society during the pandemic.
July 7, 2020
Recent events are having far-reaching consequences for the US economy, affecting all parts of society and the outlook of policy-makers and market participants. William Dudley, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, joins Mark Sobel for a conversation about the US economy and his outlook on the years ahead. Taimur Baig, chief economist at DBS Bank, provides a first response and reflections.
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July 2, 2020
Kurtulus Taskale Diamondopoulos, Director, Central Banks and Public Policy at the World Gold Council, joins Pierre Ortlieb, economist at OMFIF, to discuss WGC’s newest annual central bank gold survey in the broader context of gold reserves management amid the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the state of play in global central bank gold holdings, valuation and accounting issues, the mechanics of gold swaps and deposits, and the outlook for the yellow metal.
June 26, 2020
Welcome to part four of our special series with EY on the economic response measures to Covid-19 crisis. In this edition, Marcin Stepan and Mike Lee, EY’s global wealth and asset management leader, discuss the pandemic’s effect on asset management. They focus on the financial fallout from the crisis as companies face shrinking revenues and operating margins. They examine the challenges and opportunities in strategically approaching cost reduction and control, while ensuring scalability and elasticity to meet future growth needs.