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Emerging Markets vs Wall Street

The recent and not so recent turmoil in Emerging Markets (EM) can be considered as normal if one is willing to see the United States as an “exceptional” country.

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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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