The end of an economic illusion
The stories that governments make up about inflation have been a way of pulling the wool over their eyes, for stimulus spending cannot continue forever and will only push inflation higher if it does
US stops playing by the rules
Just five countries voted against a UN resolution to condemn Russian aggression, with China a notable abstention. With the US freezing Russia’s foreign-exchange reserves, it is setting a precedent that might make reserve currency holders, like China, nervous
The carbon price solution
We are now in a race against time to mitigate the effects of climate change. Calls for phasing out fossil-fuel subsidies and introducing a carbon price were largely ignored in 2015, but the financial markets must answer those calls now
Start-up culture goes global
The rapid expansion of mobile internet has provided better accessibility to a global market, sparking a start-up revolution. But while high-growth companies are appearing all over the world, they rely on local ecosystems that support entrepreneurial activities
Stuck at the back of queue
Special drawing rights issued by the IMF to help governments across the world tackle the pandemic disproportionately favour high-income countries. More needs to be done to ensure that those who need them most receive the funds
Where is all the money?
Amid all the talk of when and how to end or reverse quantitative easing (QE), one question is almost never discussed: Why have central banks’ massive doses of bond purchases in Europe and the United States since 2009 had so little effect on the general price level?
The nature-finance gap
The financial difference between activities that serve the environment and those that harm it is startling. It will take a global collective effort to mitigate the effects of climate change and embrace a low-carbon economy
Finance to feed the world
The global food system is unsustainable. While it is worth approximately $8trn annually, its negative impact is valued at roughly $12trn. And this is not the system’s only contradiction
The digital revolution
The technological advancements during the last decade have been – quite simply – life changing, but at what price? Are we heading down a road where the big tech companies have too much power, money and influence?
Banks’ changing climate
The topic of climate change has emerged as a major challenge for central banks, although its extent and the immediate consequences remain highly uncertain
Russia’s bear economy
The lack of confidence in the Russian economy has stemmed from at least two major sources, the fall in the price of oil and the international economic sanctions imposed on the country – what now?
Is stagflation coming?
First came a global pandemic, then national lockdowns, furloughing, redundancies and insolvencies. A vaccine roll-out and easing of restrictions pointed to better times, but could another problem be headed our way?
China leads again in race for economic recovery
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and the US has shown no signs of learning from China on the best way to recover in the most difficult of times
Critical minerals and the new geopolitics arena
Relationships are important in all walks of life and countries now need to ensure the business supply chains for rare and essential minerals are secured
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