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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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