Despite real economic challenges, the risk of a significant recession in Europe remains low -- barring monetary, fiscal or banking policy mistakes in the wake of the EU elections.
The IMF's cautiously optimistic outlook is not without some unrecognized risk.
As China continues to develop, environmental issues are increasingly front and centre in what is described in the country as a “war” against pollution.
Weekly Update: COVID-19
The IMF’s latest forecast for global GDP growth of 5.8% in 2021 will depend on the effectiveness of government economic stimulus packages.
Wild cards like Brexit and the U.S. election have the potential to impact markets against a backdrop of low inflation and muted growth.
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The collapse in oil prices has added to market dislocations and uncertainty associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
With the pandemic dominating the short-term outlook, the longer-term advantages of Emerging Markets companies become more important in the pursuit of return.
Why equity investors are looking beyond the current earnings recession to a gradual economic recovery.
Global Emerging Markets
Emerging markets have made great strides when it comes to ESG over the years, and there is now a constellation of companies which can go head to head with their developed-market peers.
The ‘social’ aspect of ESG has often been overshadowed by 'environment' and 'governance' concerns, but the COVID-19 crisis has brought it to the forefront.
What today's unprecedented economic and market conditions mean for investors in markets around the globe.
With markets experiencing their worst falls since the global financial crisis, we believe focusing on long-term themes is more important than ever for investors.
The impact on national economies will largely depend on 3 factors: oil production levels, dependence on oil revenue, and vulnerability to low oil prices.
Markets will increasingly begin to focus on the prospects for the second half and beyond as we approach the summer, but the shape of recovery will depend on a number of factors.
Pent-up risk appetite could fuel a prolonged rally, but signposts of a turning point in the spread of the disease may need to emerge first.
Tax avoidance is a serious issue for governments stretched by rising costs, in both emerging markets and developed countries.
A look back at the SARS outbreak of 2003 offers useful perspective on current fears about the spread of COVID-19.
A new type of mechanism for drug procurement and pricing is among a series of regulatory reforms transforming the Chinese pharmaceutical sector.
As emerging markets become wealthier, so does demand within them for financial services like insurance.
Government reforms aimed at addressing widespread underemployment could be key to unlocking future growth.
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