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The Great Transformation

Building Resilience in a Time of Unknowns

Following a global pandemic, geopolitical fractures are exacerbating critical macroeconomic policy dilemmas. Meanwhile the window for decarbonising the global economy is shrinking and decisions must confront how to deliver a more sustainable future.

The 2022 Amundi World Investment Forum, which took place in Paris on June 9th and 10th 2022, explored how policymakers, financial services and investors can rise to the challenges of our times.

Examining regime shift

As geopolitical fractures widen, the global economy is struggling to overcome the pandemic and inflation is rising to historic levels, making critical energy transition even harder. Are investors prepared to face a new landscape?

Watch Niall Ferguson reflect on the parallels that can be drawn from history as we head towards a new era.

“The lesson of the 70s is that if you don’t bring inflation under control, it only gets more painful to do so because inflation expectations get embedded.”

Niall Ferguson
Historian and Senior Fellow, Stanford University


Our panels ended with Hillary Clinton sharing her views on the challenges facing the world at present and what the next steps for world leaders should be.

“The challenges we face are ones that are quite intense, but they also provide a lot of opportunities.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former US Secretary of State

The Future of Europe

Recent events such as Brexit, the Covid-19 crisis, and the ongoing war in Ukraine, have propelled the EU to rapid, efficient and united action and revived talk of further European integration and strategic autonomy. But what is the path to a more perfect union?

The panellists discussed the challenges, but also the opportunities that lie ahead.

“We have to strike a careful balance between sustainability, safety in supply and competitiveness in cost for energy.”

Kurt Sievers
President ESIA and President & CEO, NXP Semiconductors NV

Emerging markets: New powers and splinter groups

Emerging markets today are each experiencing geopolitical events, deglobalisation and energy transition differently: Are there still common threads?

We examined the economic and geopolitical fragmentation and took a closer look at China’s ascendance on the world stage.


“We have to look at emerging markets on a country specific basis.”

Otaviano Canuto
Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South and former Vice-President of the World Bank

Global economic policies: Divergence or decoupling

War in Ukraine has accelerated calls for decoupling initiated by the Covid crisis, but also fuels divergent macro realities for the US, EU and China. What room is left for budget, fiscal and monetary policy manoeuvre against a backdrop of inflation and war?

Former IMF Chief Economist, Olivier Blanchard, discussed the options with Amundi Institute Chairman Pascal Blanqué.

“We have to rethink QE and balance sheet operations. They are a very complex instrument. We don’t exactly understand what it does to the yield curve and in turn what the yield curve does to the economy.”

Olivier Blanchard
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute

Energy transition

Net zero is critical but will not come easily: how can markets & policy drive the transition while meeting the needs of individuals?

Our panellists examined the inevitable economic and financial consequences and looked at how companies can have a decisive impact in the transition to carbon neutrality.


“Measure is needed in order to manage. Clear standardisation, measurable, comparable, transparent ways of defined success is absolutely important regarding the Net Zero objective.”

Dr. Luiz Fernando do Amaral
CEO, Science Based Targets initiative

Finance 3.0

How can finance step up to bring financial literacy and market accessibility to the legions of investors that digitalisation creates?

Our panellists also discussed how digitalisation and disintermediation of the financial markets mean financial education is more important than ever.


“One of the major sources of advantage of AI systems over people, over judgement, is the contribution of noise to human error.”

Daniel Kahneman
2002 Nobel Prize in Economics

Whilst we also discussed how digitalisation and disintermediation of the financial markets mean financial education is more important than ever.

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