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Eight thorny questions over ECB fragmentation, and more

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Eight thorny questions over ECB fragmentation

By David Marsh

The European Central Bank is walking a tightrope in its planning for an ‘anti-fragmentation instrument’, to be unveiled after its governing council meeting on 21 July. Doubts in Italy over Mario Draghi’s government – combined with Germany’s highest inflation since the 1970s, intensified US monetary tightening, the ending of ECB net bond purchases and Ukraine war uncertainties – heighten the euro area’s vulnerability. 

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Kazakhstan’s framework for CBDC issuance
Friday 22 July, RoundtableBinur Zhalenov, CEO of the Payment and Financial Technologies Development Center at the National Bank of Kazakhstan, joins OMFIF to discuss motivations and approaches to issuance of the digital tenge. 
 
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Max Castelli on reserves management in a time of uncertainty
Max Castelli, head of strategy and advice, global sovereign markets, UBS Asset Management, joins Neil Williams, chief economist, OMFIF, to discuss reserves managers’ priorities and concerns for the future. 
 
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Global Public Investor 2022
More than 75% of the central banks surveyed for the 2022 edition of Global Public Investor believe inflation will be sustainably higher or more volatile for a prolonged period. Just 20% of reserves managers think inflation will be transitory.

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