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The future of food packaging Finance for Good 7/29/2022

The future of food packaging

There are 8.3 billion tons of plastics in the world - 6.3 billion tons are trash. Plastic represents 44% of the global packaging consumption.

Germany: a model to be revised Economic Perspective 7/28/2022

Germany: a model to be revised

In the spring, the German economy was just on the verge of recession. Since then, according to various business climate surveys, it has made… a step forward. A contraction of activity seems unavoidable. Its duration and extent will depend on the developments of the energy crisis.

Should we sacrifice growth to tame inflation? Economic Perspective 7/12/2022

Should we sacrifice growth to tame inflation?

Economic policy is about stabilising inflation around a low target, generally set at 2%, and steering activity growth as close as possible to its potential. Both objectives are equally desirable for the smooth running of business.

Five lessons from the first half of 2022 for global financial markets Market Outlook 7/12/2022

Five lessons from the first half of 2022 for global financial markets

"Equities remain one of the most attractive asset classes over the long term and equity markets have already fallen sharply. Yet, as supply shocks typically last longer than demand shocks, we are still waiting to buy."

It’s all about timing Market Outlook 7/11/2022

It’s all about timing

After a cataclysmic first half of the year, and with the economic outlook in developed countries deteriorating, prudence would prompt a withdrawal from risky assets in anticipation of a lull. But is caution always a good advice?

Business climate in Europe: cracks beginning to appear Market Outlook 6/27/2022

Business climate in Europe: cracks beginning to appear

Business climate indicators in the eurozone weakened significantly in June. In the manufacturing sector, this is due to the persistent constraints on production, with no hope of an easing in the foreseeable future given the war in Ukraine and the related energy crisis.

Focus on China Economic Perspective 6/14/2022

Focus on China

China holds a unique position in the global economy, accounting for 18% of global GDP in 2021 but also subject to tight central control. The government's efforts to balance growth with ideology have already made an eventful 2021, including a broad regulatory crackdown on tech giants, ongoing tensions with the US and a potential real estate bubble.

Stagflation: consequences for the financial markets Market Outlook 6/13/2022

Stagflation: consequences for the financial markets

"Brace yourselves for an economic hurricane," warns Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan. Whether it will be a storm or a full-blown hurricane with severe devastation is, of course, not a foregone conclusion.

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