July 23, 2019
In the latest episode of our ‘Ahead of the ECB’ series, Danae Kyriakopoulou, Chief Economist and Director of Research at OMFIF, is joined by Stefan Gerlach, Chief Economist at EFG Bank and former Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Ireland, and Frederik Ducrozet, Senior European Economist at Pictet Wealth Management. They discuss the priorities for the ECB and its incoming President Christine Lagarde as the euro enters its third decade, commenting on what potential next instruments the central bank may use in the direction of easing. They also preview what kind of Presidency we may expect from Christine Lagarde and highlight potential challenges in the context of the interplay of monetary policy with other levers such as fiscal policy and structural reforms.
July 16, 2019
Andrew Pilgrim, associate partner at EY, and Mark Boleat, former political leader for the City of London, join OMFIF’s Katie-Ann Wilson, to discuss Brexit and the future of the UK’s financial services. Topics include the preparedness of financial services in the face of a no-deal scenario, what difference a transitional period would make, and the issues surrounding equivalence. They also examine London’s future as an international financial centre and the shift to new jurisdictions in emerging markets.
July 9, 2019
Luca Bertalot, secretary general of the European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council, and Jacek Kubas, associate director in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s local currency and capital markets team, join Chris Ostrowski, OMFIF director of memberships and commercial partnerships. They discuss the history and structure of covered bonds, their role in capital markets, main sources of demand and obstacles to expansion.
July 2, 2019
In March this year, the Financial Stability Oversight Council proposed amendments to its interpretive guidance on the supervision and regulation of certain non-bank financial companies. Paul Tucker, chair of the Systemic Risk Council, and Amias Moore Gerety, partner at QED, join Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, to discuss their views on the matter. They also assess the position of non-bank financial companies in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 2010, and the wider role of FSOC.
June 27, 2019
In this month’s Fed Talk podcast, Stephanie Aaronson, vice-president and director of the economic studies programme at the Brookings Institution and former assistant director of the division of research and statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, and Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Pictet Wealth Management, join OMFIF’s Rein de Loor. They discuss the Federal Open Market Committee’s rate decision, inflation figures, the role of global trade, and the global impact of the dollar.
June 25, 2019
Wally Adeyemo, senior adviser at BlackRock, joins Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, to discuss the upcoming G20 meeting. Wally was senior international economic adviser to US President Barack Obama and served as his representative to the G20. This podcast covers the history and purpose of the G20 and whether it has become too diluted, as well as the dominance of bilateral meetings. The conversation also outlines the main issues on the Osaka agenda and the continuing relevance of the G20.
June 20, 2019
Fabio Natalucci, deputy director of the monetary and capital markets department at the International Monetary Fund, joins Patricia Haas Cleveland, US principal at OMFIF, to discuss the IMF’s global financial stability report, ‘Vulnerabilities in a Maturing Credit Cycle.’ They cover corporate sector debt in advanced economies, the sovereign-financial sector in the euro area, and the benefits of inflows with regards to susceptibility to global markets in emerging economies. Further topics include China’s trade off between credit creation to support growth, and a build-up of vulnerabilities in the medium-term.
June 18, 2019
Danae Kyriakopoulou, Chief Economist at OMFIF, and Pierre Ortlieb, Economist at OMFIF, discuss the growing prominence of social media in central bank communications strategies. They touch upon the importance of communications in an era of unconventional monetary policy, the themes central banks most refer to in their social media outreach, as well as broader trends and statistics around central banks’ presence on Twitter. For the full “Central bank communications” special report included in this year’s Global Public Investor, please click here: www.omfif.org/gpi
June 11, 2019
Jonathan Dharmapalan, founder and chief executive of eCurrency, and Teunis Brosens, lead economist for digital finance at ING Group, join OMFIF's Bhavin Patel, to discuss the future of central bank digital currencies. In part 2 of this podcast, they cover the different use cases of retail CBDC between advanced and emerging markets, payment systems as a communication mechanism for currency and how fintech efforts are driving important changes to payment systems. Further topics include the need for convergence in regulation and standards, and the next steps for central banks in their CBDC projects.
June 6, 2019
Bernd Lucke, an outgoing member of the European Parliament for Germany and member of the Liberal Conservatives Reformers, and Iain Begg, professorial research fellow at the London School of Economics and co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum European Institute, join Ellie Groves, programmes manager at OMFIF, to discuss the results of the European Parliament elections. They assess the impact of the results on the priorities of the parliament and European Commission, as well as the policy implications for European Union and euro area reform, migration and climate change.