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Questions about the recovery

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Should wages be increased? If so, by how much? Can the export sector continue to drive growth in employment? Is a bubble being formed in the property market? These are some of the questions that will be asked now that the Spanish economy is entering a phase of prolonged growth.

Geographies:Spain

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The four "Cs" of the Hamburg G20: coordination, cooperation and climate change

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The Annual Summit of the G20 took place on 7 and 8 July, chaired by Germany. There were no unexpected messages, although the intensity of the stress laid on international coordination and cooperation being key to improving economic growth and social wellbeing was remarkable.

Geographies:Global Spain

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Fewer banks, enough banks

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In Spain, as in the rest of Europe, the number of banks has fallen significantly during the crisis. In general terms, banks have merged to improve their profitability or efficiency, or when a vulnerable bank has had to be absorbed.

Geographies:Europe Spain
Topics:Banks Opinion

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The US reviews its banking regulation

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Trump’s arrival has meant a change of tone in the discourse around financial regulation. The severe restrictions imposed by Obama on the banking sector in response to the profound international financial crisis are now a thing of the past.

Geographies:USA

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Banking once again focuses on retail

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The banking sector is undergoing a significant transformation. In Spain, the old system of 45 savings banks has been reduced to just ten regular banks. In Europe, the number of credit institutions has gone down from 8,600 in 2008 to 6,500 at the start of 2017.

Geographies:Global
Topics:Opinion Banks

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Banco de México: End of the cycle of rate hikes

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Banco de México last Thursday increased its monetary policy rate by 0.25% to 7%

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The enemies of trade

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Globalisation, which is simply a process which favours greater exchange by overcoming geographical distances and administrative and cultural obstacles, is being called into question.

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Budgetary stability and reforms: lessons from the crisis and challenges pending

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All the signs are that in the next few days Congress will give its definitive approval to the General State Budget for 2017 following intense debate. The pace and make-up of fiscal consolidation and the fiscal policy options have again been subjected to multiple amendments.

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Yellen steers the markets

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On Wednesday 14 June, the Federal Reserve stayed true to the script by raising interest rates to 1.25%, although there was more to the move than just the rate hike. There are at least three elements from the recent meeting on monetary policy which deserve special mention.

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What kind of Brexit can now be expected?

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A few weeks ago the majority of analysts were saying that Theresa May’s real motive in calling early elections in the UK was to strengthen her majority against the hardest wing of her party. This would have enabled her to accept “softer” conditions in a possible agreement on Brexit.

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Mexico | The peso still has room for further appreciation

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The past few months have seen very high volatility in Mexico’s financial variables, and particularly in the exchange rate. Whereas from 8 November when Donald Trump was elected president of the US to the end of January the peso depreciated more than any other currency in the world, from then until now it has gained more than any other currency

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Geographies:Mexico

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The Future of Employment

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The technological and digital transformation under way, known as the fourth industrial revolution, has given rise to intense debate about its effects on employment. Opinions are divided.

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Adoption of online banking, a reality in Spain

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Do you access your bank online? If so, you are among the fifteen million users of online banking in Spain, six million more than in 2010.

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G7, the weight of words

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The periodic meetings of the group of most developed nations took shape in the mid 1970s as a forum for discussing economic issues of global importance. At that time they dealt with major events such as the collapse of the exchange rate system based on the convertibility of gold and the dollar, or the Middle East oil embargo.

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Mexico needs another tax reform

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In 2019, whoever wins the next presidential elections, a tax reform will be necessary and impossible to put off. This is basically due to the fact that, even with what was achieved by the reform of 2013, the country’s level of tax revenues is very low compared with other economies

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Geographies:Mexico

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