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Positive reforms in China

Despite ongoing concerns about China’s economy and debt levels, M&G is becoming more optimistic about China amid signs that the government’s recent reforms are taking effect.

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Bitcoin as Money

At the root of much of the debate about Bitcoin is confusion about the nature of money.

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Embargo on Qatar: Manageable for the time being, but not perennially

On June 5, 2017 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (known as the quartet) announced they were breaking diplomatic ties with Qatar, due to the country’s relations with Iran and accusations that it supports extremism. The quartet has suspended all air and sea travel links with Qatar, while Saudi Arabia has closed its borders with the country.

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Italian Election Watch

The Italian parliament approved a new mixed electoral system. It is based on a one-third single-candidate constituency system in which the winner takes all and a two-thirds proportional system.

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An independent Catalonia: a tricky economic scenario

The Catalan question is fascinating as it seems to be driven by purely political considerations, while the economic aspect is not thought to raise any great difficulties: the prevailing view seems to be that it will all fall into place.

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