Big Economic Reads: Climate and Trade Qualms Echo in the Alps
The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting dominated economic coverage this week, and in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos itself, climate change was the No. 1 issue.
Our stories on climate change, a topic that German Chancellor Angela Merkel terms a “matter of survival,” are among the collection of this week’s analysis, scoops and enterprise from Bloomberg Economics:
The environment is making policy makers creative, though outgoing Bank of England Governor Mark Carney lamented that the U.S. isn’t playing a bigger role. That’s also evident at the Federal Reserve, as Katia Dmitrieva showed. Jill Ward investigated the so-called circular economy, and this week’s episode of the Stephanomics podcast also looked at climate change.
- Trump Cranks Up Pressure on Europe, Renewing Tariff Threat
- Free Trade Is Dead. Long Live Managed Trade
- GLOBAL INSIGHT: Rob Peter, Pay Paul – $200 Billion Trade Losers
Trade tensions flared up again between the U.S. and Europe as transatlantic allies jockey for position to start a big year of negotiations. The U.K. and European Union have their post-Brexit relationship to hammer out, while the Trump administration also wants to start rewriting its deals with the EU and Britain. Peter Coy investigates how Trump’s upending of global trade may endure after he’s gone. Economists Maeva Cousin and Tom Orlik crunched numbers to see which countries are most likely to lose orders from China as a result of that nation’s $200 billion commitment to buy from the U.S.
- As Coronavirus Spreads, Economists Run the Numbers on China
- Chinese Travel Woes Squeeze Thai Economy as New Virus Spreads
- Spread of Chinese Virus Would Test Canada’s Economic Resilience
- CHINA INSIGHT: Worse than SARS? Transition Adds Virus Risk
The outbreak of a new respiratory virus could put China’s fragile economic stabilization at risk if authorities fail to contain its spread, economists have warned. It also threatens the tourism-reliant Thai economy, among others.
- Lagarde Sets ECB on Policy Autopilot While It Stops to Think
- Malaysia Follows Turkey, South Africa With Interest Rate Cut
- Turkish Rate Guidance Intact After Five Cuts Went ‘Bit Deep’
- S. Africa’s MPC Held Off Half-Point Rate Cut Despite Flexibility
- Central Bankers Land in Davos as Investors Split Over Low Rates
The European Central Bank kicked off the first rethink of its policies since 2003, though Christine Lagarde was guarded on her views of what is needed. Malaysia followed Turkey and South Africa by cutting interest rates and the central bank chiefs of those two countries were both in Davos, elaborating on their easing policies. On Friday, the economy is set to take center stage at the forum with Lagarde and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda starring in one of the event’s closing panels.
And finally, teenagers aren’t being imaginative enough with their ambitions, aspiring to jobs traditionally rooted in the 20th century for their future careers, according to the OECD.
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