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What would the great minds say about 2020?

December 15, 2020

In the next year there will be great debate as governments seek to set the world on a better course. Learning accurately from the great economic thinkers can inform this discussion.

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Why poor countries reject debt relief

December 8, 2020

Not all low-income nations are impressed with the G20’s pandemic initiative on debt. Many think they'll do better raising money from the markets.

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Can the post-pandemic state fix productivity?

December 1, 2020

Populist politicians burnish their credentials with arguments about fairness in trade. Maybe they are missing the bigger picture.

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Clients want a better deal in exchange for their data

November 24, 2020

The future for successful banks, we keep being told, is better data. But to get more of it, banks need to do a deal with their customers.

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How to keep those water cooler ideas flowing

November 17, 2020

As banks start to entrench home working as a permanent feature of working life, the challenge is how to maintain creativity and innovation.

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A week is a long time in banking

November 10, 2020

2020 has been a tough year for banks but following the US election and Covid-19 vaccine news, the future is looking more positive.

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This week’s big party will be in Shanghai

November 3, 2020

China’s rise as a technologically-enabled economic superpower will not be hindered by the US election – no matter who wins.

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Will finance become as free as fish?

October 27, 2020

In the Brexit trade discussions, finance looks like being sacrificed to fish. Is finance ready to swim without borders?

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Can negative rates ever be positive?

October 20, 2020

With the Bank of England considering negative interest rates, the experience in other countries where they have been tried is mixed.

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The great inflation comeback

October 13, 2020

After years of low inflation, a forecast of 5-10% seems incredible – but not if there’s a huge shift in the way the global economy functions.

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