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An Unlikely Effect of Jack Bogle’s Creation: Helping to Keep Inflation Low

The legacy and impact of John “Jack” Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, is beautifully highlighted in this recent New York Times article by Jeff Sommer.

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Theresa May Lost Big on Her Brexit Deal Vote — Here’s What Could Happen Now

Is there a future for Brexit?  Following the historic U.K. Parliament vote this week, David Reid with CNBC takes a look at possible scenarios.

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Economy Is Strong. Leadership Is Shaky. Which Will Win Out in 2019?

Writing for the New York Times newsletter “The Upshot,” Neil Irwin reflects on the highs and lows of the U.S. economy in 2018 and what may be in store for the year ahead.

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When History Rhymes

Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, offers readers of the IMFBlog the opportunity to compare the world at the turn of the last century with our society today.  Are there similarities worth noting?  Have we learned from the past?

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Green Bonds Benefit Companies, Investors, and the Planet

In recent years, many climate-friendly or green project initiatives have been financed by corporate “green bonds.” In a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review, Professor Caroline Flammer looks at the performance of these investments.  Is there a long-term benefit?

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The Market’s Been Falling. I’m Putting My Money in Stocks Anyway

What to do when stock prices fall?  In this recent opinion piece for the New York Times, Jeff Sommer offers his suggestions.

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Trade and Globalization

A report published by Esteban Ortiz-Ospina, Diana Beltekian and Max Roser in Our World in Data (a project of the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development at the University of Oxford), looks at the history and development of global trade. Originally published in 2014, the article was updated in October 2018 to look at new trends in world markets.

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Ten Years after the Financial Meltdown: What Have We Learned?

It has been 10 years since the Lehman Brother’s collapse.  Did the U.S. economy learn a valuable lesson?  Does the banking system look much different from 10 years ago?  Writing for Stanford University’s Business School Magazine, Insights, Edmund Andrews interviewed Stanford Professors Darrell Duffie and Amit Seru.

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Countering Global Protectionism, Pacific Trade Pact Nears Takeoff

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore & New Zealand have formally ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).  The CPTPP will take effect in December of 2018.  What are the benefits of the CPTPP? How does it compare with current trade policies in the United States?  Writing for Reuters, Charlotte Greenfield provides details on the CPTPP and its possible implications on the global economy.

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China Is Investing In Developing Countries – What Is It Really Up To?

Writing on the London School of Economics Business Review’s blog, Isabella Neuweg looks at current trends in the Chinese economy.  Where is the country investing?  How has it made a impact in developing countries and energy infrastructure?

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