25 December 2016
In terms of growth rates, the performance of the US economy in 2016 was mediocre. Growth is expected to have been 1.6%, below what most economists consider as potential (1.75%) and below the average...
18 December 2016
The month of December confirmed that the divergence in global monetary policies is now in motion. On 8 December, the European Central Bank (ECB) introduced a further dose of monetary stimulus. Almost...
03 September 2016
September 21 is shaping up to be a big day for central banks. Both the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) are making monetary policy decisions on that date. The probability of a Fed...
02 April 2016
Emerging Markets (EMs) experienced a strong capital surge in March, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), with the strongest inflows for 21 months. The inflows were broad based...
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...
02 April 2015
Barwa Bank, Qatar's most progressive Shari’ah compliant service provider, was the Gold Sponsor of the 10th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance, which was held on the 23rd and...
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...
23 February 2015
Bank Indonesia (BI) unexpectedly cut its policy rate by 25 basis points to 7.5% last week. Out of the 20 economists surveyed by Bloomberg, zero expected a cut in rates and the consensus forecast was...

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