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Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), also sometimes called govcoins, have suddenly become a subject of public discussion. Until recently the topic was mainly the preserve of a coterie of technical experts working for central banks and niche technology firms. But now there seems to be immense excitement about their potential to transform finance. There are even some who suggest the new technology could allow the renminbi to overtake the dollar as the world’s leading cross-border currency.
Amlan Roy holds no truck with the popular view of demography that most readers will recognise. That is the oversimplified model that focuses on an ageing population placing an intolerable burden on the public finances
- Opinion Pieces
Domestic challenges and US political developments have proved such a preoccupation recently that it has been all too easy to miss a key global shift. China’s rise to global prominence has accelerated markedly as a result of the past year’s events.
Clive Gillmore is a rarity nowadays among asset management CEOs in that he is keen to discuss what he sees as the difficult moral choices embodied in ESG investment
Japan is all too often portrayed as being different from other countries. Not just distinctive in the obvious sense that every country has its own national peculiarities. Instead, somehow unique in a way that makes it stand out from every other country.
Timothée Jaulin (Amundi), Matthew Edwards (Willis Towers Watson), Alex Edmans (London Business School), and Fiona Stewart (World Bank) among other speakers
Tina Fordham (Avonhurst), Elizabeth Corley (Impact Investing Institute), Amin Rajan (CREATE-Research), and Marg Franklin (CFA) among other speakers
- Special Report
Pension provision is likely to take a hit in 2021 as the pandemic-related crises lead to rising unemployment and greater job insecurity
- Opinion Pieces
For understandable reasons it has become commonplace to talk about the immense damage done by COVID-19. This probably makes sense as a kind of shorthand. However, careful reflection on the painful experience of recent months should show it is a one-sided way of understanding the pandemic’s devastating impact.
In the quaint English game of cricket, there exists a concept that provides a good metaphor for the predicament facing the world in 2020.