European Central Bank ponders digital currency launch-continued

November 21, 2019--The European Central Bank (ECB) has confirmed that it is investigating how a European public digital currency could work and whether it is desirable, with its conclusions expected next year.
The ECB's research into the feasibility of what has been dubbed a 'digital euro' comes as both nation states and the world's largest tech corporations ramp up preparations for their own digital currencies.

Progress on the feasibility of an ECB-backed digital currency could be made in the coming months, senior officials have told Reuters, cautioning that the project is a long-term one and faces a range of challenges.

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The Financial Conduct Authority has conceded it has failed to keep track of investment fund suspensions, an admission that raises questions over the effectiveness of its oversight and its ability to protect investors.
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Factors determining Russia's long-term growth rate
January 16, 2020--This paper's main conclusion is that Russia's economy cannot grow at the pace recorded in the early and mid-2000s because of the different external environment, the different stage of development and serious demographic headwinds. In the decade of the 2010s, the pace of economic growth in Russia slowed down to an annual rate of below 2% and most forecasts suggest that this is will be the new "normal" for the Russian economy at least in the medium-term.
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ECB-Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank held in Frankfurt am Main on Wednesday and Thursday, 11-12 December 2019
January 16, 2019--1. Review of financial, economic and monetary developments and policy options
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European green finance is expanding, a discount on bank capital would discredit it
January 15, 2020--If EU banks are to mobilise a greater share of loans for sustainable projects they will need a reliable policy framework, clear internal performance targets and the relevant skills. A discount on bank capital underlying such assets is neither justified nor likely effective.
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HM Treasury-Official Statistics: Forecasts for the UK economy: January 2020
January 15, 2020--Forecasts for the UK economy is a monthly comparison of independent forecasts.
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Brexit deal stalls exchange plans for euro share trading move
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HANetf & Purpose Investments Confirm Listing of The Medical Cannabis & Wellness UCITS ETF
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CBSX has been passported to London and Italy
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Europe's first ETF focusing on the medical cannabis industry listed on Xetra
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Euro area securities issues statistics: November 2019
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IMF Staff Country Report-Turkey: Selected Issues
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