China and North Korea

https://www.reuters.tv/v/xtm/2018/03/28/kim-jong-un-secretly-met-with-china-s-xi-jinping

 

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Spies like us

https://www.reuters.tv/v/xnv/2018/03/28/for-the-u-s-kicking-out-russian-spies-may-not-be-enough

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Davos 2018

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, begins on Jan. 23. While the full roster of attendees was closely guardedin the past, organizers now makes a list of participants public ahead of the forum. Released last week, we used that document to create the tool above.

Per usual, this year’s confab includes heads of state (Donald Trump!), international financiers (Christine Lagarde!), titans of industry (Ginni Rometty!), high-profile academics (Adam Grant!), well-heeled philanthropists (George Soros!), and royalty (Queen Rania!) from around the world. Use our tool to explore the list of those expected to attend, according to the WEF, and follow the rest of Quartz’s coverage here

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Maintaining the Positive Momentum of the Global Economy

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Maintaining the Positive Momentum of the Global Economy

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Lagarde.2015MDPORTRAIT4_114x128By Christine Lagarde

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Baden-Baden, the German spa town built on ancient thermal springs, is a fitting venue to discuss the health of the global economy during this week’s meeting of the Group of Twenty finance ministers and central bank governors.

Policymakers will likely share a sense of growing optimism, because the recent strengthening of activity suggests that the world economy may finally snap out of its multi-year convalescence. 

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A study on the new metrics…

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by Laura Kodres

Despite a host of reforms in the right direction, the financial structures that were in place before the global crisis have not actually changed that much, and they need to if the global financial system is to become a safer place.

Although the intentions of policymakers are clear and positive, the system remains precarious.

Our new study presents an interim report card on progress toward a safer financial system. Overall, there is still a long way to go.

How we measure progress

In our study, we first tried to pay attention to those features of financial systems related to the crisis—the large dominant, highly interconnected institutions, the heavy role of nonbanks, and the development of complex financial products for instance—features that need to be addressed in some way.

To do this we needed to construct measures of these features in a way that would allow us…

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