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The People's Bank of China
19 December 2018

The world has re-mortgaged

In the ten years since the financial crisis, the combination of central bank’s increasing their bond buying program’s and an increase in household, corporate and government borrowing has taken world indebtedness from US$173tn in 2008 to US$247tn in 2018. Over…

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US Capitol Building, Washington DC
18 December 2018

A changing world

The world has come a long way since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Regulators have overhauled the rules of banking and brokering in an attempt to correct the imbalance that triggered the financial crisis. But ten years…

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Christine Lagarde, President of the IMF
17 December 2018

Global growth downgraded

Fund managers have continued to downgrade forecasts for global growth. The end of Q3 consensus forecasts for 2018 has been reduced to 3.2% from 3.4% in Q2 and for 2019 down to 3% from 3.2%. The most significant changes were…

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Donald Trump speaks in New York
16 December 2018

Who holds the Trump card?

The exponential growth in China’s economy over the past forty years has brought hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens out of poverty and advanced the Chinese people’s standard of living and personal wealth. This has been done through a command…

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President Donald Trump and Jerome Powell
16 December 2018

The biggest risk to the US economy?

In early October, the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expressed his delight that the US economy was going very well by saying, ‘We are enjoying a remarkable set of economic circumstances’. The US economy saw jobless figures fall to 3.7%…

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
15 December 2018

Too big to fail and too big to bail?

In terms of the scale of public debt, Italy has been the elephant in Europe’s room for a long time. The Italian national debt is now €2.5tn which is 132% of Italy’s GDP and making Italy highly vulnerable to economic…

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Khalid A. Al-Falih Minister of Energy
15 December 2018

Oil Wars

The US administration’s sanctions against Iranian oil exports came into force on the 4th November. This includes sanctions on corporations buying Iranian oil or trading with their central bank. Without a waiver agreement, foreign oil firms will face the risk…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping
14 December 2018

China introduces targeted stimulus

The Shanghai Composite Index of the largest 300 companies (CSI 300) has had a very poor 2018 having fallen 24% up until November including an 8% drop in October. These equity losses can be accounted for by the impact of…

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
14 December 2018

Japan looks good value

Since October’s heavy correction, it is becoming clear that while investors realise the world is slowing and expectations for growth are diminished, there are still opportunities for growth. In fact, some markets seem to be good value because of the…

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