October 11, 2019 | Otaviano Canuto - Principal, Center for Macroeconomics and Development
As world leaders gathered this month for high-level talks at the 74th United Nations General Assembly, pressing global issues were at the forefront of discussions, including progress toward the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
September 2, 2019 | Satyendra Nayak - Consultant-Spectrafin, Author, Speaker
US stock market crash by 3% with Dow plunging down by 800 points is one of the worst falls in recent years. News of economy’s growth momentum, Fed moves, market perception and reaction, and tussle on trade tariffs have all gone to cloud the US economic environment and sentiment with a considerable degree of uncertainty and suspense.
August 26, 2019 | Otaviano Canuto - Principal, Center for Macroeconomics and Development
Since the Fed’s July meeting, when the Fed Funds Rate had a 0.25% cut, fears about the impact of the US-China trade war on the global economy have escalated. The US yield curve inversion received much attention as a harbinger of a slowdown in the global and US economic outlooks. We approach here whether lights on next monetary policy events can be obtained from reading the minutes of the Fed’s meeting – and of the July meeting of the ECB governing council – released this week.
August 7, 2019 | Otaviano Canuto - Principal, Center for Macroeconomics and Development
This note approaches the relationship between natural wealth and economic growth, using the case of Sub-Sahara African economies as an illustration. Delving into recent World Bank reports, it highlights how a sustained positive correlation between natural capital and GDP growth happens through the transformation of the former into other forms of assets: produced capital, human capital and other intangible assets. Governance features and the quality of macroeconomic policies are of the essence for such a benign trajectory to take place.