Looking Back Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward (LBLF)

LBLF provides a concise and analytical discussion of issues relating to the intersection of finance, technology, regulation, globalization and sustainable development.


Led by Professor Douglas Arner, LBLF focuses on major current issues in global finance, presenting them in their wider context.


Topics include digitization and datafication of finance, major trends and themes in global finance and its regulation, and the role of finance in sustainable development.


LBLF goes out every month to over 100,000 learners on the HKU-edX Professional Certificate in FinTech.


Central Banks, Inflation and Uncertainty: How Can Governments Help?


Looking Back, Looking Forward

with Professor Douglas Arner | Ep.9

In this episode of Looking Back Looking Forward, Professor Douglas Arner discusses the incredible changes in financial markets across the world, specifically related to inflation, and the role of central banks to alleviate the impacts on economies.


High inflation rates, an earlier monetary response to COVID-19, has gradually expanded due to geopolitical factors and supply chain disruptions, thus driving up energy and food prices. Professor Arner also emphasises the need for governments to invest in infrastructure, education and research/development to restructure the productivity and economic functions of global economies over the longer term.