In Conversation: Hard currencies outlook (Part One)

February 5, 2019

Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, speaks with Ben Robinson, OMFIF deputy head of research. They discuss the outlook for hard currencies in 2019 and beyond, as well as market trends and political and economic factors affecting the foreign exchange market.


Financial instability series: Globalisation cycles and the breakdown of global free trade

January 29, 2019

Harold James, professor of history and international affairs at Princeton, and Bob Koopman, chief economist at the World Trade Organisation, join Pierre Ortlieb, economist at OMFIF. They discuss the state of globalisation, including whether it is reversible, how it is shaped by large firms, and how it interacts with technology.



Ahead of the ECB

January 23, 2019

Volker Wieland, managing director of the Frankfurt-based Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability and member of the German Council of Economic Experts, joins Marcin Stepan, deputy head of meetings at OMFIF. They discuss the key questions ahead of the European Central Bank monetary policy meeting on 24 January, which takes place against a backdrop of weak economic growth in the euro area and China, uncertainties in the US relating to escalating trade wars, and the threat of a looming global recession.


In Conversation: Paul Tucker, Chair, Systemic Risk Council

January 17, 2019

Paul Tucker, chair of the Systemic Risk Council and former deputy governor of the Bank of England, joins Mark Sobel, US chairman at OMFIF, to discuss international financial regulatory issues. Focusing on key concerns following the 2008 financial crisis, Tucker analyses the role of central banks in ensuring financial stability, regulating medium-sized banks, addressing the shadow banking sector, and the state of US macroprudential policies.



The Asian century series: Global China: Economic outlook and the future of the renminbi

January 15, 2019

As China undertakes a greater role on the world stage and trade tensions with the US persist, Prof. Steve Tsang, director of SOAS China Institute, George Magnus, independent economist at the University of Oxford China Centre, and John Adams, director of China Financial Services, join Ellie Groves, OMFIF programmes manager for emerging markets, to discuss the outlook for the Chinese economy and the renminbi’s future as an international currency.


In conversation: Marco Cattaneo, Member of the Group of Fiscal Money, Italy

January 10, 2019

Chris Ostrowski, OMFIF’s Head of Commercial Partnerships, speaks with Marco Cattaneo, of the Group of Fiscal Money in Italy. The Group of Fiscal Money advocate the introduction of a new financial instrument which would curtail threat of Italian exit from the euro area.


Fed Talk: 2018 overview and 2019 outlook

January 8, 2019

Rein de Loor, programmes manager at OMFIF, is joined by Darrell Delamaide, US editor at OMFIF and writer for Handelsblatt Global. They discuss US monetary policy in 2018, developments at the Federal Reserve and in US economics, and the global outlook for 2019.


A year in review: reflections on 2018 and prospects for 2019

December 20, 2018

Mark Sobel, US chairman of OMFIF, is joined by David Marsh, OMFIF chairman, and Yu Jie, head of China foresight at the London School of Economics. Their discussion focuses on the political and economic events that shaped 2018, as well risks and prospects for 2019. Topics include US-China relations, protectionism, and trade war implications on global economic growth. This podcast also covers developments on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, central bank policy divergence and financial stability.


Political risk series: US-China trade war and implications for Asia-Pacific region

December 18, 2018

Political risk series: ‘US-China trade war and implications for Asia-Pacific region’. Ellie Groves, programmes manager – emerging markets at OMFIF, is joined by Kishore Mahbubani, academic and former diplomat in the Singapore Foreign Service, to discuss the history of the US-China relationship and the implications of the ongoing trade war, including possible resolutions to the confrontation. Professor Mahbubani also outlines his thoughts on who will be advocating the liberal world order as the US retreats from the world stage.


Ahead of the ECB

December 12, 2018

Marcin Stepan, deputy head of meetings at OMFIF, is joined by Francesco Papadia, fellow at Bruegel and former director general for market operations at the European Central Bank, and Alexander Petrov, assistant vice-president of policy and research in the official institutions group of State Street Global Advisors. They discuss the December 2018 ECB monetary policy meeting as the central bank plans to end quantitative easing, outline its new reinvestment strategy and provide forecasts on growth and inflation.