DECPG Global Weekly-November 10, 2017-continued

November 10. 2017--TAKING STOCK
U.S. consumer sentiment edged down in November; jobless claims rose
Euro Area producer prices picked up in September; retails sales growth rebounded
Japan's machinery orders dropped in September; service sector activity strengthened in October

China continued to face high inflation in October; growth of export and imports slowed

Brent crude oil prices continued to rise

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Source: World Bank

Global ETP News
IMF Working Papers-Is Inflation Domestic or Global? Evidence from Emerging Markets
November 8, 2018--Summary:
Following a period of disinflation during the 1990s and early 2000s, inflation in emerging markets has remained remarkably low and stable. Was this related to a global disinflation environment triggered by China's integration into world trade and the broader globalization in these economies, or to better domestic policies?
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Emerging, Developing Economies to Face Challenges if Global Inflation Rises
November 7, 2018--Further upward acceleration of global inflation from record low levels may impair efforts in emerging and developing economies to sustain the low inflation environment achieved over the past several decades, the World Bank said in a groundbreaking examination of inflation in the emerging and developing world.
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IMF-Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia November 2018
November 6, 2018--CCA Highlights
Growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) region exceeded expectations in 2017, but momentum is set to fade, according to the IMF's latest Regional Economic Outlook (REO).
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Smart beta growth engine sputters as investors question strategy
November 4, 2018--Active-passive hybrid funds on course for lowest level of inflows in five years.
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IMF Working Papers-The Limits of Meritocracy
November 1, 2018--Summary:
We show that too much meritocracy, modeled as accuracy of performance ranking in contests, can be a bad thing: in contests with homogeneous agents, it reduces output and is Pareto inefficient.
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Investors turn to ETF options for safety amid turmoil
November 1, 2018--A chastening October reminds some investors about the risks of a further drop
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IMF Working Papers-An Algorithmic Crystal Ball: Forecasts-based on Machine Learning
November 1, 2018--Summary:
Forecasting macroeconomic variables is key to developing a view on a country's economic outlook. Most traditional forecasting models rely on fitting data to a pre-specified relationship between input and output variables, thereby assuming a specific functional and stochastic process underlying that process.
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World Gold Council-Gold Demand Trends Q3 2018
October 31, 2018--Q3 demand steady; up 6.2t y-o-y
Gold demand was 964.3t in Q3, just 6.2t higher y-o-y. Robust central bank buying and a 13% rise in consumer demand offset large ETF outflows.
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Doing Business Report: New Record Set as 314 Reforms Introduced to Improve Business Climate Around the World
October 31, 2018--Governments around the world set a new record in bureaucracy busting efforts for the domestic private sector, implementing 314 business reforms over the past year, says the World Bank Group's Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform report, released today.
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ETFGI Reports Assets Invested In Actively Managed ETFs And ETPs Reached A New High Of US$106 Billion At The End Of September 2018
October 30, 2019--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new high of US$106 billion, following net?inflows of US$2.96 billion and market moves during September.
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Growing Exponentially, Floating Solar Opens Up New Horizons for Renewable Energy: Report
October 30, 2018--Floating solar technologies are creating major new opportunities to scale up solar energy around the world, particularly in countries with high population density and competing uses for available land.
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Do not blame index funds and ETFs for market volatility
October 30, 2018--Scaremongering about crashes ignores the long-term success of diversified investment.
Markets are jittery. Volatility is increasing. Everyone seems to be expecting the market sell-off to sharpen.
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RBC growing ETF servicing business with fourth custody mandate of the year
October 29, 2018--RBC follows up on recent Coin Capital and Bristol Gate Capital Partners deals with ETF custody mandate from First Block Capital.
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World Bank Infographic-Innovative Financing for Healthy Oceans
October 29, 2018--Healthy oceans provide jobs and food, sustain economic growth, regulate the climate, and support the well-being of coastal communities.
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Oil price rises in 2019 to be modest as U.S. production constraints ease: World Bank
October 29, 2018--Trade tensions, ample supply in non-energy commodity markets have weighed on prices
Growing global trade tensions are weighing on non-energy commodity prices and are leading to downward revisions to 2019 price forecasts, the World Bank said.
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24 Fun Bitcoin Facts And Figures (That Will Make Your Head Spin)
October 24, 2018--A new cryptocurrency was born on 31st of October 2008, its name was "Bitcoin" and it has been surrounded by mystery, conspiracy theories, and confusion (not to mention a couple of disasters) ever since.
Here are 24 of the more unbelievable and interesting figures and fun facts about Bitcoin and closely related topics.
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First Bridge Data-ETF Global Snapshot-October 2018
October 23, 2018-In our latest monthly report:
Global ETF assets grew by 1.07% in September 2018 to $5.31T.
JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, two banks that have been peripheral players as ETF sponsors, have significantly accelerated their ETF asset gathering this year.
An institutional investor survey by trading firm Jane Street found increased confidence in the liquidity of ETFs compared to three years ago.
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Bassanese Bites-Uneasy calm
October 22, 2018--Week in Review
An "uneasy calm" is perhaps the best way to characterise global markets last week-with little in the way of major events and investors only left with their nerves to deal with. The release of the latest Fed minutes only affirmed its intent to keep raising rates-which supported the $US- while tensions between Italy and the EU also added to investor caution.
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Vanguard hires head of new global ETF research center
October 22, 2018--Marco Corsi was named head of Vanguard Group's global exchange-traded funds research center, a spokesman said.
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Raw materials use to double by 2060 with severe environmental consequences
October 22, 2018--The world's consumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 as the global economy expands and living standards rise, placing twice the pressure on the environment that we are seeing today, according to a new OECD report.
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Fund fees forecast to fall by a fifth
October 21, 2018--Fees for passive funds in Europe are expected to fall from 23bp to 15bp by 2025, down by 35 per cent.
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Money-laundering watchdog to set first cryptocurrency rules by June
October 19, 2018--The global watchdog for money laundering will set up its first rules on oversight of cryptocurrencies by June, a major step towards creating international standards for an asset currently subject to patchy regulations
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World Gold Council-Investment-Update: IMF report highlights gold's relevance
October 17, 2018--The IMF Global Financial Stability report, released on 10 October, highlighted an increase in the level of risk among multiple global metrics.
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Africa: Ties Between African Countries and China Are Complex. Understanding This Matters
October 15, 2018--The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was set to reaffirm the bond through the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit held in Beijing in September.
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Will Vanguard be at the forefront of the next market downturn?
October 14, 2018--Last week, as markets nosedived for a few days, Vanguard, the second biggest asset manager in the world (after BlackRock), urged its clients via a tweet: "You know the drill. In the face of market volatility, keep calm and stay the course."
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ETF industry's growth streak in danger of ending
October 14, 2018--Leading providers of exchange traded funds are on track for a disappointing year.
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How millennials and savings apps are making asset managers wake up and smell the coffee
October 14, 2018--Michael Katchen first tasted investing at age 12 when he won a stockpicking contest.
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