Usman Hayat writes about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing and Islamic finance. He is the lead author of "Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues in Investing: A Guide for Investment Professionals," and the literature review, "Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice." He is interested in online learning and has directed three e-courses for CFA Institute: "ESG-100," "Islamic Finance Quiz," and "Residual Income Equity Valuation." The other topics he writes about are macroeconomics and behavioral finance. Previously, he was a content director at CFA Institute. He is a former executive director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). He has experience working in securities regulation and as an independent consultant. His qualifications include the CFA charter, the FRM designation, an MBA, and an MA in Development Economics. His personal interests are reading and hiking.
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Jacob Frenkel, chairman of JPMorgan Chase International, says a trade war would be "disastrous" and "an experiment that is too expensive." Frenkel considers the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in the 1930s "among the most catastrophic acts in congressional history" and warns against repeating the error. CNBC (20 Apr.)
The European Central Bank might wait until July to unveil how bond buying will end so it can see whether the economy bounces back from a slow first quarter, sources say. Some Governing Council members reportedly think interest-rate guidance need not change at that time. Bloomberg (free registration) (21 Apr.)
The European Central Bank has asked Deutsche Bank to explain a €28 billion erroneous transfer to Eurex Clearing, German newspaper Handelsblatt reports. The ECB reportedly also wants to know how the bank will prevent a repeat incident. Reuters (20 Apr.)
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