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  1. Europe needs financial discipline, and an external 'bad cop' to enforce it

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... of that crisis, the Japanese proposed an Asian Monetary Fund, using surplus savings from the richer Asian countries to help the crisis economies. Europeans and the US insisted that the IMF be used instead. I saw the choice of the IMF as logical for two reasons. First, building a fire engine in the middle of a fire isn't likely to work; you need an existing engine. Second, if you use ...

  2. Ray of economic sunshine glimpsed through gloom

    Posted Aug 01st 2003, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... these problems. The IMF supports the Swiss government's flexible monetary policies, introduced to combat falling demand worldwide for goods and services. 'A clear focus on medium-term price ... franc; short-term interest rates have appropriately been reduced to almost zero,' states an IMF report published earlier this year. Swiss inflation was cut to 0.6 per cent last year ...

  3. Chinese investors receive warm welcome in Europe

    Posted Jun 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... at the recent China Global Outbound Investment Summit in Beijing that China was willing to co-operate with the EU. 'We have received support from China and the [International Monetary Fund (IMF ... from China increased to US$456 billion the IMF war chest to help shield countries from fallout from the euro-zone debt crisis. In the first quarter, Chinese investment in Europe was US$1.7 ...

  4. The case against austerity growing

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... managing director of the IMF, and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have echoed it, calling for budget cutting to be reined in to allow some form of stimulus spending. Even Sarkozy has begun ...

  5. On its own

    Posted Jul 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... bid to secure greater voting rights within the IMF, further evidence that when China offers financial assistance, it expects its pound of flesh. Political considerations aside, China faces ... to China, primarily political. Funds are channelled entirely through the IMF as part of its efforts to secure greater voting rights. So what of the world's only superpower? Again, any role ...

  6. Forget a banking union, only fiscal discipline can save the euro zone

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... dilemma is that advanced countries are reluctant to improve democracy and legitimacy in the IMF to help solve their own problems. Andrew Sheng is president of the Fung Global Institute ...

  7. Things always end badly when capital is mispriced

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the banking system into the informal 'shadow' market. According to Nigel Chalk, IMF country officer for China, more credit may now be finding its way into the economy through shadow lending ...

  8. Supporting role

    Posted Oct 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the crisis as confirming Europe's irrelevance. They contrast the sharp reforms administered in the Asian crisis of 1997-98 and wonder whether Europe's heavy representation on the IMF ...

  9. Magazines - Post Magazine

    Darkest before the dawn

    Posted Nov 18th 2012, 12:00am by GDN

    ... top officials] and the IMF out of our country forever." After the fireworks and the flares and the national anthem, Efthimia Pipili, 67, gives me her reaction. "Foreigners have come ...



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