Davos: Growing Awareness of Growing Unease

William F Browder of Hermitage Capital Management has been a Davos regular for over twenty years, unfailingly embarking every January on a pilgrimage to the Swiss resort town to mingle with his peers, swap experiences, and ponder the challenges ahead.

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Davos: Till We Meet Again – Bankers Packing Up

Dutch Finance Minister and President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem is worried that the increased insularity of thought displayed by Prime Minister Theresa May will prove near-fatal for the United Kingdom: “We’ll probably meet again twenty years from now. By

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Gavin Wilson, CEO IFC AMC: Mobilising Private Capital for Sustainable Development

Building and upgrading the infrastructure to underpin sustainable development in emerging markets and elsewhere requires additional investments estimated at around one trillion dollars annually. To support expected economic growth rates, and meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the McKinsey

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IFC: Addressing Climate Change Can Unlock $23 Trillion-Dollar Investment Opportunities in Emerging Markets

By Christian Grossmann and Thomas Kerr The historic Paris climate change agreement entered into force in record speed last November, committing countries to a decarbonized future.  This means that new markets for climate-smart investments are set to grow, as governments

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OECD: 21st Century Trade Agreements & Regulatory Coherence

By Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås In the past, services markets were largely local and countries mostly worked out their regulation without consideration for how other countries regulate. As a result, an abundance of different regulatory measures and systems exist across countries

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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank: What’s Ailing the Brazilian Economy?

Brazil’s GDP is poised to decline by close to 7% in 2015-2016. Per capita GDP in 2016 is likely to shrink by more than 10% as compared to three years ago. We argue here that a double malaise has been

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World Bank Group: Development Finance Frontline – Strategic Investment Funds

This is the first of a series of occasional interviews with senior strategic investment fund (SIF) professionals. Tasked with attracting private investors to priority economic sectors and projects, SIFs combine developmental aims with commercial financial return objectives.  “The only way

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Robert J Schiller: Fighting the Next Global Financial Crisis

What do people mean when they criticise generals for fighting the last war? It’s not that generals ever think they will face the same weapon systems and the same battlefields. They certainly know better. The error, to the extent that

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Venezuela: As the Economy Sinks, Bond Markets Take Heart

The country may be unable to buy food or medicine; Venezuela continues to meet with clockwork precision all its obligations to bondholders. Struggling with triple-digit inflation and deploying the army to supress food riots, the monumentally inept government of President

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UNCTAD: A Policy Compact to Get Investment Flowing Again

James Zhan suggests world leaders make a joint effort to formulate effective investment policies to help build investment firepower to face 21st Century development challenges. Forecasts of deeper global economic gloom are tumbling one over the other. The global economy

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