Tag Archives: Financial markets

Global Economic Prospects, January 2019: Darkening Skies

The World Bank has recently published the report “Global Economic Prospects, January 2019: Darkening Skies”. Global economic prospects have darkened. Financing conditions have tightened, industrial production has moderated, and trade tensions remain elevated. The recovery in emerging market and developing economies has stalled, and some countries have experienced significant financial stress. Downside risks have increased, …
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Bloomberg’s Fifty Most Influential 2016

Bloomberg has published their ranking of the 50 individuals who, followed singularly or collectively, drive some of the major trends sweeping the world of finance. The selection starts after asking dozens of reporters and editors in Bloomberg bureaus to nominate candidates. After that, a panel of senior editors vetted and voted, narrowing the field from more than …
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Flash boys: a Wall Street revolt by Michael Lewis.

Overview: Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post-financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they …
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From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy

The World Economic Forum has published the report titled “From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy: Practical Solutions and Actionable Insights on How to Do Impact Investing”. The study provides investors philanthropists and other professionals with actionable insights of how to incorporate impact investing into their work. Impact investing has been lauded as an emerging …
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Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance

The World Bank has just launched the “Global Financial Development Report 2013: Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance”. The study examines how financial systems around the world fared during the global financial crisis. Coinciding with the anniversary of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, the report draws on several new global surveys and …
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Global Financial Stability Report, April 2012

The IMF has just published chapters 3 and 4 of the April 2012 Global Financial Stability Report, “The Quest for Lasting Stability”. Chapter 3, titled “Safe Assets: Financial System Cornerstone?,” examines the various roles of safe assets, the effects of different regulatory, policy, market distortions, and potential future pressure points that may arise from these. …
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New Rules Promise Safer Derivative Markets in Europe

The European Union has announced new rules to tame a “Wild West” of speculative high-risk trading instruments blamed for the worst global financial crisis since 1930s. The European Commission proposed new rules to ensure more transparency in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives and the “short-selling” of securities. These include proposals for: -The reporting of information on OTC …
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Global Capital Markets: Entering a New Era

This report by the McKinsey Global Institute highlights the impact of the global financial crisis on global capital flows. The global financial crisis and worldwide recession abruptly halted nearly three decades of expansion for international capital markets. From 1980 through 2007, the world’s financial assets—including equities, private and public debt, and bank deposits—nearly quadrupled in …
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Global Financial Stability Report – October 2009

The IMF has just launched the October 2009 Global Financial Stability Report: Navigating the Financial Challenges Ahead. The immediate outlook for the financial system has improved markedly since the April 2009 GFSR and extreme tail risks have been abated. Financial markets have rebounded, emerging market risks have eased, banks have raised capital, and wholesale funding …
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Get Ready for the Private-Equity Shakeout

This new report by IESE Prof. Heinrich Liechtenstein and published jointly by IESE and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is  based on publicly available data from private-equity firms, portfolio companies, banks and credit default swap rates to analyze the cause of the recent crisis and to predict how the shakeout will affect the players in …
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