5th Annual Global Economy and Capital Markets Forum

In March 2017, Commerzbank held its 5th annual Global Economy and Capital Markets Forum in Frankfurt. It was attended by around 400 delegates and world-leading experts who discussed the key issues and future of the capital markets and the global economy.

The event began with a discussion titled "Geopolitics Part I: The end of the world as we know it? The discussion focused on the decline of the post-WWII liberal international order, a decline which seems to have accelerated over the past year. We heard that the move away from US hegemony, on which this liberal order has been based, is likely to bring with it a period of disorder- since we do not yet know what will replace it. Many orthodoxies are now being questioned. Other major powers such as China were not up to the task of promoting order in the absence of US leadership. Some panellists viewed President Putin of Russia as actively wishing to promote disorder.

The panel discussions featured top academics, policy makers, leading economists and market participants. We invited a wide range of our international clients and global speakers for an open debate. For more information, read the full report of the panel discussions (PDF, 393 kB)

The panel discussions covered the themes:

  • Geopolitics Part I: The end of the world as we know it?
  • Geopolitics Part II: Can Europe be fixed?
  • MiFID II Research rules and what they mean for you
  • Macroeconomics and Investments: Ten years of crisis
  • European Banking & Finance: Stability without profitability?