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  1. China to take the lead in global recovery, says IMF

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... of the People's Republic. The IMF raised its forecast for the world's third-largest economy by one percentage point to 8.5 per cent this year in its twice-a-year world economic outlook survey. The growth rate is even more optimistic than Beijing's 8 per cent growth target and surpasses the IMF's estimate of 6.2 per cent growth for emerging economies this year. The report lowered ...

  2. If the IMF's worried, maybe the rest of us can all relax

    Posted Nov 05th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... they are worried about bubbles in Hong Kong's property and stock markets. This is a troubling development for a financial columnist. After all, the IMF doesn't exactly boast a record ... collapse. So if the IMF now warns about the danger of credit-fuelled asset bubbles, it is only natural for Monitor to re-examine its own concerns to see if they still stand up. Let's start ...

  3. IMF issues warning over property prices

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Paggie Leung

    ... and private-sector representatives in the city two weeks ago. The IMF lifted its forecast for Hong Kong's economy this year and next by 1.5 percentage points. It said the economy was expected ... of mandatory health care financing scheme. The IMF findings were welcomed by the government. 'We will continue to pursue the strategy of stabilising the financial system, supporting enterprises ...

  4. Stimulus needed into 2010, IMF tells Asia

    Posted May 09th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Monetary Fund official says. Joshua Felman, assistant director of the IMF's Asia and Pacific department, said: 'For next year, we still anticipate the economies are going to remain weak. ... to shore up consumer confidence and help firms tide over the credit crunch. The government will review the situation in the middle of the year and has not ruled out more measures. The IMF ...

  5. Beijing willing to help IMF, top banker says

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... issues them. 'China supports the IMF's innovative financing attempts, and a more efficient and timely financing mode can effectively ease the IMF's cash shortage,' said Hu Xiaolian, vice-governor of the People's Bank of China. 'If the IMF finances itself by issuing bonds, China will actively consider buying.' Many believe the Washington-based lender, ...

  6. Asia's answer to IMF

    Posted May 19th 2009, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... is now largely discredited in the developing world? Predictably, the IMF opposes the idea on the grounds that it only duplicates that fund's function. Actually, the idea for a regional fund emerged during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, when IMF policies only exacerbated economic and political problems in many nations. A joint currency stabilisation fund for the region was again ...

  7. Worst of corporate pain still to come for Asia, IMF warns

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... likely default rates, the IMF conducted a 'contingent claims analysis' for corporate Asia, essentially a stress test that forecasts how balance sheets behave with changing economic ... That's considerably milder than in 1998, when the equivalent risk figure hit 19 per cent. Even so, the costs are likely to be heavy. The IMF projected corporate default risks forward under its ...

  8. IMF urges mainland to boost domestic demand

    Posted Feb 04th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... revenues, the International Monetary Fund says. The IMF has cut its growth forecast for the mainland economy to 6.7 per cent this year from a projection of 8.5 per cent late last year as the world's fourth-largest economy is being buffeted by the global financial crisis. 'It implies a lot of changes- difficult changes, painful changes- in the Chinese economy,' IMF managing ...

  9. IMF reform can fix Sino-US disputes

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... manipulation is against the IMF rules of the game and it's undesirable'. Brad Setser of the Council on Foreign Relations agrees that 'this isn't the time to force the issue'. ... is able to evade the natural controls- and IMF supervision- that ordinary countries have to live with. It was a bad bargain for China, too, because it gave it a huge pile of dollar-denominated ...

  10. Turning the tables

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... has always been the largest stakeholder in the IMF. In turn, the IMF is often accused of serving as a tool of American global policy. China seems to want to change this. On June 16, when ... conference of 1965. Political rhetoric about colonial-imperialism has been put aside. The Bric nations are changing global finance, post-Bretton Woods, by becoming the IMF's creditors rather ...




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