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Financial inclusion and regulation: successes and failures in Colombia

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BBVA Research y el Centro para el Desarrollo Global han elaborado un Índice que permite valorar y comparar las prácticas regulatorias para la inclusión financiera en ocho países latinoamericanos. ¿En qué lugar se sitúa Colombia dentro del índice? ¿Cuáles son sus fortalezas?

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Mexico | Both before and afterwards, NAFTA is advantageous for all three economies

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In the past few days the protectionist rhetoric wielded by several members of the US government, starting with president Donald Trump himself, has begun to be ratcheted up again. Once again the spurious argument has been peddled that NAFTA has been detrimental to the US economy and that this is borne out by the fact that the US is running a trade deficit with Mexico

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Strengthening the European System of Financial Supervision

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The European financial supervision system is undergoing significant changes, stemming from the two major European projects underway - the Banking Union and the Capital Markets Union - and the UK’s exit from the European Union in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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The IMF Summit and not losing at cards

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Next week we will know the International Monetary Fund's diagnosis of the state of the economy at its weekly meeting with the World Bank, which also brings together governors from central banks, finance ministers and representatives from the financial sector and wider civil society from around the world.

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NAFTA: beneficial for all three countries

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A few days ago, we saw the conclusion of the third round – out of the seven initially agreed - of the renegotiation process of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a positive agreement for Mexico, the United States and Canada that, since it was signed in 1994, has led to trade between these countries almost quadrupling.

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May, Merkel, Macron

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The last few days have been filled with important events for the future of Europe, with positive and negative news at the same time, and an outcome that will depend a lot on the negotiations in the coming months.

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Central banks-issued digital currencies: a challenge to the financial system

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Digital currencies, and more specifically, the so-called cryptocurrencies (currencies issued and administered by decentralised networks using cryptographic protocols), such as Bitcoin, first emerged almost a decade ago.

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Young people in emerging countries – are ICTs as necessary as food and drink?

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To paraphrase Francisco de Quevedo, we are people who are glued to our mobiles, and these phones have to be exceptional, with an infinite Internet connection. This image, which can be applied to all information and communications technology (ICT), is especially evident among the young.

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Mexico | Fiscal Budget 2018: Responsible and based on realistic assumptions

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On September 8th, the SHCP submitted the fiscal budget for 2018 to Congress. There are three points worth highlighting: i) it is positive that it continues along the path towards fiscal consolidation; (ii) it is designed around realistic economic assumptions; and (iii) if approved, it will mean that debt as a percentage of GDP will continue its downward trajectory in 2018

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Impact of Hurricane Harvey on the economy of Texas

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The sun has come out again in the east of Texas as stock taking of the physical damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Harvey continues. Harvey will be remembered as one of the most destructive storms in the history of the US. Given the extent of the damage, there is growing interest in the repercussions that Harvey will have for the regional and national economy

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Taxes, growth and social welfare

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As Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. stated in 1904, and as appears inscribed on the façade of the US Internal Revenue Service Building, “taxes are what we pay for a civilized society”. However, it is difficult to answer the question of whether we pay too much or too little without taking into account what we receive in return.

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Europe’s exit from QE

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At its meeting this week, the ECB decided to hold off until October before making a statement on withdrawing monetary stimuli. With the question of when decided, this now leaves the next unknown to be clarified: the matter of how this will be done. The process is a complex one, since it encompasses several different aspects, and the ECB is not giving any clues.

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Mexico City Urban Development Law: worrying economic policy

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On 1 August last the Mexico City Legislative Assembly approved certain changes to the Urban Development Law, although these have yet to be published in the Mexico City Gazette. This law contains some very worrying features which, if they come into force, will create very significant economic distortions

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A wake-up call from the central bankers

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Jackson Hole yielded very few headlines. Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi have eschewed any bombastic statements. They have not even offered fresh clues on the next moves for monetary policy, which has left the markets waiting for the meetings scheduled for September.

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New financial innovation policies in Europe

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The importance of financial innovation is increasing in the eyes of the authorities and the media. This is due to the fact that new banking services that are emerging with the entry of new firms into the markets. However, it can also signal the appearance of new areas of risk, requiring closer supervision by the authorities.

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