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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank: Matchmaking Finance and Infrastructure

The world economy – and emerging market and developing economies in particular – display a gap between their infrastructure needs and the available finance. On the one hand, infrastructure investment has fallen far short from of what would be required

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Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of IFC: Redefining Development Finance

Complementing – and driving – World Bank President Jim Kim’s vision to transform the multilateral financier into an “honest broker” charged with mobilising and directing private capital towards developing countries, CEO Philippe Le Houérou of the International Finance Corporation (IFC,

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G20: Challenges in Shaping an Interconnected World

Expertly ducking a potentially traumatic Trump (hand)shake by shooting past the US president to his wife Melania, Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda perhaps unwittingly set the tone for the annual G20 summit – showing Mr Trump his place in the

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UK: Casino Politics

In a triumph of cautious optimism over alarmist gloom, UK voters delivered Prime Minister Theresa May a comeuppance of sorts, depriving her of an outright majority in parliament and refusing to buy into Tory visions of strong and stable leadership

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: ESG Reporting – Six Reasons Why

The corporate reporting of sustainability data – call it ESG, or environmental, social, and governance data – has come a long way. Only 20% of Fortune 500 companies reported ESG data in 2011. By 2016, according to the Governance and

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President Trump: Math Is Hard

Since 1990, when his landmark Taj Mahal casino and hotel defaulted on interest payments to its bondholders, businesses owned by Donald Trump have filed no less than six times for bankruptcy. In fact, asking the courts for protection against duped

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Otaviano Canuto & Matheus Cavallari, World Bank: Bloated Central Bank Balance Sheets

Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of their balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one

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France: Touch and Go

So far this year, Europe’s centre ground has held firm – sort of. After Dutch populist Geert Wilders in March failed to significantly expand his following, French voters on Sunday rejected Marine Le Pen in the decisive round of the

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Article 50 Invoked: For All the Wrong Reasons

Driving a wedge right down the middle of British society and shattering a disconcerting number of endearing stereotypes, Brexit has now been served – fully nine months after a slim majority of voters expressed a wish to leave the European

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The 45ᵗʰ US President In His Own Words

In The Art of the Deal, first published in 1987, Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America, sums up his modus operandi: “My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and

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