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  1. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Move fast when overheating hits, IMF warns Asia

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing International lender cautions officials to have action plans ready for rapid response to risks Move fast when overheating hits, IMF warns Asia Asian policymakers must ... in the region would play a "useful role" in curbing overheating pressures and coping with speculative capital inflows. Asian economic growth that the IMF estimates will be almost five times ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Promises on IMF chief must be kept

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel plainly has other thoughts. While agreeing that candidates from nations like China and India could be allowed to head the IMF 'in the mid-term', she has ... Strauss-Khan's career is over, but there is no disputing his worth to the IMF. His technical and political skills gave it new relevance. Its next leader should be as skilled, not chosen by outdated ...

  5. Europe feels the pain Asia once endured

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a decade ago. In 1998, crisis-hit Asian countries would have suffered a lot less if we had been allowed a bit of the inflationary growth and stimulus vehemently denied by the IMF, just as Germany ... as they did in South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. The spate of suicides in Greece is reminiscent of the so-called IMF suicides in South Korea, of workers who lost their jobs, ...

  6. Beijing injects voice into IMF's report

    Posted Aug 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... was that the report was published at all. In the previous four years, Beijing had blocked publication of the IMF's report based on its regular consultations, joining an undistinguished club of countries, including Guyana, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, who refuse the IMF permission to publish its findings. Exactly why the rulers in Beijing relented is open to cynical speculation. A blogger ...

  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 raises forecast for China's GDP growth

    Posted Apr 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... in a decade this year, led by the United States, China and other Asian economies, the IMF said yesterday in its biannual world economic forecast. The International Monetary Fund expects ... the factors that will contribute to stronger growth, it says. 'The outlook for the world economy is among the rosiest we have seen for a decade,' said Raghuram Rajan, the IMF's economic ...

  9. IMF eases stance on currency peg in HK

    Posted Jul 25th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... supporter of the fixed exchange rate system, to conclude that a new approach to currency management is warranted. The IMF's view of the peg has changed due to the 'cyclical and structural challenges facing Hong Kong', according to a source familiar with the IMF's position. A more flexible exchange rate policy could improve Hong Kong's 'structural adjustment', ...

  10. Asia fails to heed key lesson of crisis

    Posted Jul 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... has been no breakthrough reform of global financial institutions,' she said, arguing that to respond effectively to future crises, the IMF and its peers need to become much more ... Organisation,' he insisted. Ten years ago, with the IMF roundly condemned for the harshness of its prescribed medicine and its insensitivity to Asia's special circumstances, regional governments ...




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