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A lingering consumer credit problem

A lingering consumer credit problem

Years ago while furthering my debt-funded education I found myself studying abroad in Swansea, Wales. I came across many cultural norms which were different to those to which I was accustomed back in the U.S.  Right from the beginning I ...

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June FOMC: searching for economic momentum

June FOMC: searching for economic momentum

Takeaways: The communications released following the 15 June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting portrayed a Committee that is much less certain of its ability to follow through on a steady dose of rate increases in the years ahead without ...

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Deploying helicopters for economic stimulus

Deploying helicopters for economic stimulus

Takeaways: The economic malaise that followed the financial crash of 2008 has prompted central banks around the world to explore new, innovative monetary policy measures to stimulate their economies in the face of weak demand and low inflation. More extreme ...

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Low carbon investing

Low carbon investing

Low-carbon investing is gaining ground, not just as an en-vogue trend, but also for solid economic reasons. It is part of a growing realisation, based on findings that go back almost two centuries, that climate change is real and requires ...

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India: can the fastest-growing large economy sustain its pace?

India: can the fastest-growing large economy sustain its pace?

India’s GDP growth accelerated in the first quarter of 2016 to a scorching 7.9% year-on-year (YoY), from 7.2% YoY in the previous quarter. Over the full financial year ending in March 2016 (FY2016), the economy clocked a pace of 7.6% ...

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Green bonds: a key financing instrument for a “sub-2°C” world – Part 1

Green bonds: a key financing instrument for a “sub-2°C” world – Part 1

The International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that between now and 2050, USD 44 000 billion of investments, or USD 1.3 trillion a year, will be required to launch an energy transition towards a new economic system. By way of comparison, ...

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Why has market focus shifted from the Chinese yuan?

Why has market focus shifted from the Chinese yuan?

Since late March 2016, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC)  has set the reference US dollar renminbi exchange rate (CNY) progressively weaker, taking the onshore exchange value of the Chinese currency against the dollar to levels last seen at the ...

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Weak US jobs report pushes back prospect of Fed rate hike

Weak US jobs report pushes back prospect of Fed rate hike

Takeaways Expectations for an interest rate hike at the meeting on June 15 of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) quickly evaporated following the weak payroll report published on 3 June 2016. Recent events make the June/July interest rate hike ...

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Why women typically take less investment risk

Why women typically take less investment risk

A substantial amount of financial literature supports the idea that women tend to be more risk-averse than men when it comes to investing. This is thought to be because men tend to overestimate how profitable their investments will be, whereas ...

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Meeting the challenge of feeding the planet

Meeting the challenge of feeding the planet

When you think about it, the expansion of agricultural output since the Second World War has been nothing short of miraculous. However, the system underlying that expansion is highly vulnerable to factors that are now staring us in the face. ...

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