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FQX Secures $4.7M in Seed Funding Led By Earlybird Venture Capital and SIX Ventures

Zurich-based FQX secures $4.7M in seed funding to scale their revolutionary eNoteTM infrastructure. Earlybird led the round with participation of SIX Fintech Ventures, the non-strategic corporate venture arm of SIX, and the unicorn founder Carsten Thoma. FQX is radically facilitating trade finance & money markets by using eNotesTM, a disruptive short-term financing & payment instrument. In essence, an eNoteTM is an unconditional promise to pay a specific sum...

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A Capital Market Union for Europe: Why it’s Needed and How to Get There

By Ashok Vir Bhatia, Srobona Mitra, and Anke Weber When savers and firms invest and borrow beyond their national borders, they enjoy opportunities to diversify their portfolios and lower their funding costs, respectively. In Europe, this idea—of an integrated financial system that offers a richness of financing choice—remains an elusive goal: capital markets are far from integrated. Our recent research finds that European finance is still sharply segmented along national lines, with...

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Economic Preparedness: The Need for Fiscal Space

By Vikram Haksar, Marialuz Moreno-Badia, Catherine Pattillo and Murtaza Syed June 27, 2018 Versions in عربي,  中文, Baˈhasa indoneˈsia,  日本語, Português Countries must assess the amount of room in their budgets for increasing spending or cutting taxes (photo: Martin Barraud/iStock by Getty Images) How much leeway national policymakers have for increasing spending or cutting taxes has been hard to assess. It is a critical question during periods of economic downturn when the government is...

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