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Signalling western rejection

China marks the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth by sending a statue to his hometown and also by reminding the people of the economist's work, says Herbert Poenisch. The revival of Marxism with Chinese features entrenches the role of the present 'Marxist dynasty' and signals rejection of western values.

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America's currency confusion

Through a series of missteps, Washington has been backing away from its traditional currency playbook. This erodes US credibility and the ability to pursue its interests, writes Mark Sobel. The administration's confused currency rhetoric is the most obvious symptom. Washington must restore verbal discipline.

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Chile governor warns on US tightening

US monetary tightening will disrupt some emerging markets, Mario Marcel, governor of the Central Bank of Chile, warned at the London launch of Global Public Investor 2018. 'We've never had this fiscal expansion [in the US] at this stage of the cycle and with this level of debt in the world's largest economy.'

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Colombian economy impervious to vote

Whatever the result of the Colombian presidential election on 27 May, it will not lead to broad economic changes. It may look risky if a left-wing candidate were to get into power, writes Maria del Pilar Lopez-Uribe, but it will be almost impossible for any substantial reform to pass through the newly elected Congress.

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The state of the euro area

With EMU reform at the forefront of debates in Europe, central and eastern Europe are at a crossroads. There is scepticism in the region as to the benefits of joining the common currency, with some fearing a lack of fiscal flexibility to handle economic crises at a national level, writes Anton Varga.

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Forgoing EU benefits 'act of self-harm'

I was a diplomat for nearly 40 years, writes David Warren, and spent much of that time promoting British trade and attracting FDI. Membership of the EU single market and customs union was a magnet for the latter, and no hindrance to the former. For the UK, dispensing with these benefits would be an act of self-harm.

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Launch of the Global Public Investor

The global economic recovery and upturn in equity markets boosted central bank, sovereign fund and public pension fund assets by $2.5tn in 2017 according to Global Public Investor, published annually by OMFIF, the London- and Singapore-based think tank.

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Delegating power to the governors

'Unelected Power', from Paul Tucker, former Bank of England deputy governor, ranges over the risks of untrammelled growth in central bank powers after the financial crisis and the need to constrain them in a series of agency agreements fully intertwined into the fabric of elected government, writes David Marsh.

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The launch of the fifth annual 'Global Public Investor,' a publication devoted to public sector asset ownership and management around the world. Speakers included Louis de Montpellier of State Street Global Advisors, Joaquim Levy of the World Bank Group and Mario Marcel of the Banco Central do Chile

Bull market has further to run


Investment Clock: Bull market has further to run

The world is experiencing one of the longest economic expansions since records began and there's no end in sight, with muted inflationary pressures keeping interest rates low. Stock markets like this not too hot, not too cold 'Goldilocks' backdrop.

Global infrastructure finance falls


Global infrastructure finance falls

Global infrastructure financing has fallen short of its potential.Private sector investment and institutional investor capital are often raised as possible solutions for filling the infrastructure funding gap.

Regulatory freedom brings prosperity


Regulatory freedom brings prosperity

Productivity and economic growth continue to disappoint in most countries. Although analysts show a great deal of concern for the so-called 'productivity puzzle', little attention is paid to the real solution: freer markets and increased competition.

Bull markets don't die of old age


Investment Clock: Bull markets don't die of old age

Stock prices have been rising for more than eight years, but bull markets don't die of old age. There are few signs of the excessive growth, valuation or financial leverage that usually signal the approach of a bear market. With interest rates below inflation, it is unsurprising that money continues to flow into markets.

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Bitcoin market crash inevitable

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Bitcoin market crash 'inevitable'

The poll for this month focuses on the future of bitcoin. Participants were asked: ‘Will the bitcoin market crash exponentially and if so, when?’