Category Archive: Economic Research

Broadening export horizons: Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas explores Myanmar and Vietnam in The Asset

Vietnam’s economic development has been driven by its export-led industries, and Myanmar looks set to follow in its footsteps. In a feature for leading Asian finance magazine The Asset, Agnes Vargas, Regional Head of Greater China and ASEAN, explains that continued economic progress in both countries will depend on diversifying trade beyond their traditional partner China …

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ICC United Kingdom’s Chris Southworth discussing UK trade negotiations on Sky News

This afternoon, ICC United Kingdom’s Secretary General, Chris Southworth, appeared on Sky News – commenting the importance of transitional arrangements during Brexit negotiations. The interview took place after the Confederation of British Industry strongly urged Government to keep Britain in the single market and customs union until a final Brexit deal with the European Union is …

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Crown Agents Investment Management discusses the global bond market with Alpha Q

In an exclusive interview with specialist investment magazine, AlphaQ, Neil Michael, Chief Investment Strategist at Crown Agents Investment Management, offers his thoughts on the world economy, and identifies the likely trends in the bond market over the next few years. Michael explains: “In the US, the house view is that yields are higher and have …

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S&P Global Ratings unveils a major new overview of the state of US infrastructure

S&P Global Ratings has released a major new report, “Developing US Infrastructure In An Era Of Emerging Challenges: Observations From Key Sectors”. The paper assesses the condition of selected American infrastructure sectors, outlines the specific challenges faced in each, and offers an overview of the methods available to finance them.



Vietnam and Myanmar should diversify beyond Chinese trade, suggests Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas in Trade and Forfaiting Review

In a relatively short space of time, Vietnam has emerged from a history of conflict, partition and poverty to become an industrialised, exporting powerhouse. The economy grew by 6.2% last year, and is likely to expand by a further 6.7% in 2017. Following closely in Vietnam’s footsteps is Myanmar. One year on from the election …

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Crown Agents Investment Management’s appointment of Neil Michael covered in the specialist press

The senior position is responsible for macroeconomic and market analysis, as well as the design, management and communication of investment strategies. Michael brings over 20 years of experience in strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies, macroeconomic and market analysis, portfolio management and modelling, risk management, relationship management and investment communication. Read more on the appointment …

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Crown Agents Bank’s Theresa Henshaw surveys the African currency landscape in an article for GTNews

African currencies have undergone tremendous volatility over the past year, with significant depreciations – as well as some surprise recoveries – making headlines. In an article for GTNews, Crown Agents Bank’s deputy treasurer, Theresa Henshaw, explains that the background to such instability has been equally fickle raw material prices. These have dampened growth and put …

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Deutsche Bank’s Flow Magazine discusses ISO 20022

ISO 20022 will play an instrumental role in the future of payments – providing operational efficiency and enabling banks and market infrastructures globally to communicate. Yet it only really works if banks and market infrastructures around the world are harmonised, or at the very least aligned, in their migration efforts. In an article for Flow …

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Commerzbank releases the first 2017 issue of FI.News

The biannual financial institutions newsletter brings together Commerzbank’s experts to offer their views on the topics trending in trade finance. This issue deals with the ups and downs of international trade. Bernd Laber, Commerzbank’s Divisional Board Member for Trade Finance & Cash Management, asks how a bank committed to facilitating global commerce might address current …

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S&P Global Ratings releases 2017’s first quarterly Infrastructure Finance Outlook newsletter

The new edition of IFR Outlook brings together the major commentaries, ratings updates and news in the global infrastructure sector over the first three months of 2017. Making the front page is an in-depth feature on the credit implications of “bundling” of project finance assets. Senior director Trevor D’Olier-Lees argues that aggregating assets can “unlock …

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