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Co-organised by the G20 Russian Presidency and the OECD, this roundtable will focus on policy measures to address constraints in long-term investment. It is organised back-to-back with the 2013 OECD Forum and the OECD-Euromoney Infrastructure Summit.
2-24 May 2013. The OECD is now inviting comment on draft high-level principles intended to help governments facilitate and promote long-term investment by institutional investors.
Long-term capital is in short supply and has become increasingly so since the 2008 financial crisis. This has profound implications for growth and financial stability. The OECD is exploring these issues in depth.
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The paper argues that interest rates are at extremely low levels to support banks, and the search for yield has pushed the liquidity driven speculative bubble from real estate, derivatives and structured products markets into the corporate debt market. Equities have rallied strongly too. This asset cycle is certainly helping banks reduce hidden losses on illiquid securities and could also help reduce the cost of equity.
Adrian Blundell-Wignall is the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Financial Markets and Deputy Director in the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the OECD.
Financial Market Trends focuses on financial markets and structural issues in the financial sector. This includes financial market regulation, bond markets and public debt management, insurance and private pensions, as well as financial statistics.
The Czech Republic-OECD Conference on Financial Education: "Promoting financial wellbeing through financial education", took place on 16-17 May in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Task Force supports the implementation of the G-20 High-Level Principles on Financial Consumer Protection, specifically to arm policy makers and financial authorities with a body of knowledge, including comparative analyses of approaches adopted by a cross-section of economies, to inform their efforts to implement the Principles in their economies.
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Lending by banks is failing to support economic recovery, despite unprecedented low interest rates and policies to compress the term premium. This study explores the business activities of banks, with a special focus on their lending behaviour and its responsiveness to unconventional monetary policy.
The OECD works on advancing consumer finance protection through informed choice that includes disclosure, transparency and education; protection from fraud, abuse and errors; and recourse and advocacy.