Analysis

Third term presidents and first time voters: what Burundi tells us about African political risk

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31 Jul 2015
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Africa

Investors in Africa routinely worry about the scope for politics to destabilise markets and undermine growth. Last week’s election in Burundi was a case in point. President Pierre Nkurunziza claimed an election victory for what many both in the country and outside believe to be an...

ITA: The tech imports deal with lessons for global trade policy

24 Jul 2015
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Multilateral

On 24 July, the WTO announced the conclusion of negotiations to update and expand the product coverage of the 1997 Information Technology Agreement (ITA). ITA II will eliminate tariffs for over 200 high-tech products – including new generation semiconductors, videogame consoles and global...

The 'Chinese Put'

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21 Jul 2015
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Asia

The full financial force of the Chinese state has been on display over the past few weeks as the authorities have responded to collapsing stock prices with an array of interventions that now appear to have established a floor under the Shenzhen and Shanghai indices. The episode is revealing...

Cause and FX: the key judgements in the UK Fair and Effective Markets Review

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30 Jun 2015
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UK

The UK Fair and Effective Markets Review (FEMR) was conducted jointly by the Bank of England, the UK FCA Conduct Regulator and the UK Treasury and released its recommendations on June 11. It was launched in the wake of the LIBOR scandal by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney as a major...