22 December 2018
Despite a weaker Euro area  recovery and mounting headwinds associated with softer global growth and higher policy uncertainty, the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to end the net purchases of...
04 August 2018
Japan may have been usurped by China as the world’s second largest economy some years ago, but it remains of critical importance to global economy. For starters, it still accounts for a substantial 4...
11 November 2017
There has been a flurry of central bank activity in recent weeks. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has signalled its intention to carry out the third hike of the year at its upcoming December meeting;...
16 September 2017
After a long downturn, capital flows to emerging markets (EMs) have rebounded strongly in the first eight months of 2017. A range of factors coincided to depress capital inflows in 2013-16, such as...
13 August 2016
As expected, the Bank of England (BoE) delivered a significant dose of monetary stimulus at its latest meeting on 4 August 2016. The stimulus package involved a 25 basis point (bp) cut to the policy...
12 September 2015
The meeting of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) on 16-17 September 2015 is promising to be a landmark meeting, even by the Fed’s recent high-profile standards. Having kept interest rates at near-zero for...
25 April 2015
In its recently-published World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects global growth to pick up only marginally in 2015 to 3.5% from an estimated 3.4% in 2014. Global growth...
21 March 2015
Last Thursday the US Federal Reserve (Fed) Open Market Committee removed the word “patient” from its policy statement. Financial markets interpreted this move as implying the Fed will raise interest...
08 February 2015
After an unsteady year in 2014, capital flows to Emerging Markets (EMs) are likely to remain volatile in 2015. Significant adjustments to global financial conditions in 2014 included a large drop in...
31 January 2015
The European Central Bank (ECB) announced an expanded quantitative easing (QE) programme on 22 January. Starting in March 2015, the ECB will buy, on a monthly basis, EUR60bn worth of Euro Area...
24 January 2015
The global economy has started 2015 on the wrong foot. The sharp decline in oil prices pushed the Eurozone into deflation in December 2014 and resulted in a significant slowdown in inflation in Japan...
21 December 2014
As 2014 comes to an end, the global economy shows signs of weakness with significant downside risks. Some of these risks are likely to materialise next year, leaving the global economy in worse shape...

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