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Mark Sobel on Fed cuts, On the road to a US-German trade war, Islamic finance growth and more

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Mark Sobel on Fed cuts, On the road to a US-German trade war, Islamic finance growth and more

THE WEEKEND REVIEW

Latest opinion and analysis from OMFIF around the world

29 July-2 August 2019, Vol.10 Ed.31
Most-Read Commentary
Deciphering FOMC rate-cut rationale: Financial market participants mainly expect a 25 basis point cut in the fed funds rate at the end-July FOMC meeting.
But the subsequent outlook for further cuts beyond July is clouded. Some expect another two or even three rate cuts.
However, the economic case is unclear, writes Mark Sobel.
Commentary

On the road to a US-German trade war: Germany’s massive external current account surplus is a major source of irritation to the US, particularly as Trump seeks to eliminate the US trade deficit. Germany’s economy is already on the cusp of a recession. It cannot afford a full-scale trade war with the US, writes Desmond Lachman. Read more.

Podcast

Libor’s evolution, scandals and future:
Oonagh McDonald, international financial regulatory expert, author and former Labour party politician, joins OMFIF’s Ben Rands to discuss the future of the London inter-bank offered rate. They cover what went wrong with Libor, current issues surrounding its branding, and prospects for replacement. Listen to the recording.

Meeting

Navigating the challenges of climate change, politics and low interest rates:
On 28 August in Frankfurt, OMFIF and DZ BANK organise a high-level conference to discuss key challenges for capital markets, the future of regulation and the impact on the financial sector of climate change, trade wars and digitalisation. Read more.

Commentary

Accelerating Islamic finance growth: The growth of banking assets has slowed in almost all core Islamic finance markets, writes Mohamed Damak. Three potential accelerators could see the return of strong growth in the industry: inclusive standardisation, financial technology, and environmental, social and governance opportunities. Read more.

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