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  1. E.U. crisis could last seven years, ex-IMF chief warns

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn delivered yesterday in Beijing his first public speech since quitting the post amid allegations of sexual assault. ... in a globalised economy. 'I think the Chinese could help through the IMF, or directly,' he said. 'We're now in a globalised world, and there's no way for any single player ...

  2. Be ready for Europe fallout, I.M.F. tells HK

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Nigel Chalk, the IMF's mission chief for China and Hong Kong, told the South China Morning Post. Banking giant HSBC has also warned of the risk of recession. In October, it cut its growth ... to the year-earlier quarter. Economic output contracted by 0.4 per cent in the second quarter from the first three months. The IMF forecast that Hong Kong's net export growth would slow to 0.1 per cent ...

  3. I.M.F. cuts asia growth forecasts

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Index of stocks fell 16 per cent in the past quarter in what the IMF described as 'panic sell-offs'. It was the biggest drop since the financial crisis in 2008. Uncertainty over ... that banks, pension funds and other financial institutions were asked to accept in July as part of a second rescue package for Athens. The IMF report warned larger losses at home could cause foreign ...

  4. IMF's clear and tangible timidity in HK

    Posted Dec 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp 'Given the uncertainty about global growth prospects, a recession next year is a clear and tangible risk for Hong Kong.' Nigel Chalk IMF mission chief for China ... and Beijing is now reconsidering its entire high-speed railway programme. Not a word of it. The danger is an external one and the specific danger is external shock from Europe. The IMF, you must ...

  5. IMF director backs rate reforms to ensure asset quality at China's banks

    Posted Dec 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department. 'This is something which should go hand in hand with the deepening of capital markets reform.' In a recent review of China's financial system, the IMF said the country's reforms were progressing well, but the financial sector was still confronting 'near-term risks, structural challenges, and policy-induced ...

  6. HK may fall into recession, says I.M.F.

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in foreign currency,' the IMF said. 'International experience would suggest that this rapid pace of credit growth has the potential to lead to a worsening of average credit quality, particularly if the business cycle swings to reverse.' The IMF also cautioned that Hong Kong's growth would slow to 4 per cent next year, or even become negative, should the euro-zone crisis ...

  7. Beijing on board for a rising yuan, IMF chief says

    Posted Nov 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said after talks with senior Chinese leaders yesterday that Beijing is ready to let the yuan rise. ... said China would focus on maintaining a stable and rapid economic growth, and support measures taken by the IMF, European Union and European Central Bank to handle the crisis. Wen said China ...

  8. Baptism of fire for IMF chief Lagarde

    Posted Jul 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... conflicting interests between member governments in the resolution of the euro-zone debt crisis and emerging nations' expectations of a bigger say in the IMF's affairs. Lagarde rose ... put self-interest ahead of solidarity. There is interest, therefore, in what Lagarde may have offered them, since she has not been specific about more representation on the IMF for developing ...

  9. IMF appoints first female chief

    Posted Jun 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... assume power? She will take up the job for a five-year term on July 5. Where? Where does she stand on issues and why are some countries not happy? The IMF plays a crucial role in aiding countries ... in her decisions. Why? Why does the IMF need a new chief? The Fund's previous head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is also French, resigned abruptly on May 18 after being arrested in New York. ...

  10. Familiar pair of hands at the IMF helm, while Asia continues to await its turn

    Posted Jul 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that the IMF managing director post is held by a European, while the World Bank president's position is held by an American. One cannot say that this arrangement did not throw up some great ... IMF managing directors have been politicians rather than technocrats. The fact that politicians tend to have their eyes on their next political post is somewhat distracting for someone who has ...




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