Category Archive: Macroeconomics

America’s trillion-dollar challenge: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees writes for Infrastructure Intelligence

Infrastructure in the US needs trillions of dollars of investment for repairs and renewal. Pressure will only mount as disruptive technology increases in scope and the need to be environmentally sustainable rises up the agenda. In a feature for Infrastructure Intelligence, Trevor D’Olier-Lees, senior director at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the state of a selection of American …

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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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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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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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Writing for City AM, Natixis’ Chief Economist, Patrick Artus, explains why Frexit could cause the European Union to unravel

Ahead of the French presidential election in April, there is growing speculation around whether Marine Le Pen’s Front National could lead the country in the UK’s footsteps towards an exit from the European Union. Writing for City A.M., Patrick Artus, Natixis’ Chief Economist, gives his views on why a French exit, or “Frexit” would be …

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Beyond copper: Commerzbank’s Robert von Oldershausen outlines the next steps for the Chilean economy in International Trade Magazine

2016 marked the latest year in a long period of unusual stagnation for the otherwise resilient Chilean economy. In a feature for International Trade Magazine, Robert von Oldershausen, Senior Relationship Manager for FI Latin America at Commerzbank, explains what has held back growth, and suggests the steps the country might take to economic resurgence. In the …

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Natixis’ Patrick Artus discusses whether European institutions can rescue the Italian economy in FTSE Global Markets  

  Following the Italian electorate’s resounding rejection of a constitutional reform package in December 2016’s referendum, further uncertainty beckons for the country’s fragile economy. This begs the question: can Italy’s sluggish growth be lifted by European financial institutions, including the European Central Bank? In an article for FTSE Global Markets, Natixis’ chief economist, Patrick Artus discusses …

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Commerzbank recognised as Germany’s top commercial bank in International Banker magazine

Specialist finance publication International Banker has acknowledged Commerzbank as 2016’s “Commercial Bank of the Year, Germany”. The magazine notes that for the best part of a decade, banks in Western Europe have been facing challenges on several fronts: lending rates and earnings remain under pressure, nonperforming loans are mounting, and several countries continue to suffer slow …

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