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  1. Business - Economy - CHINA

    IMF warns China of risks in investment binge

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com With concerns rising over debt in the mainland's lower tiers of government, the agency expresses fears for economic stability IMF warns ... may threaten economic sustainability. The IMF's alert underscores the challenges facing the mainland's new leaders as they seek to lessen financial risk while keeping economic growth ...

  2. Economic sickness is spreading, but world leaders are at a loss to find cure

    Posted Jun 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... by narrow national and nationalistic concerns. For all the endless summits of the G7, G8, G20, UN, IMF, World Bank and alphabet soup of organisations, not one has the imagination to devise a way ... aside what damage the IMF and its structural adjustment facility have caused to the desperately poor kids of Niger. Perhaps the real surprise is that the euro has survived, given the inbuilt ...

  3. China's government debt ratio is even higher than Portugal's

    Posted Apr 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of all but one of the countries named above. It is higher than Egypt's which, according to the IMF, stands at 74 per cent, Britain's (77 per cent) and even Portugal's (83 per cent). Indeed, at 89 per cent, China's debt level is comparable with America's, which the IMF puts at 92 per cent of GDP (see the first chart below). To come up with their estimate, ...

  4. What does Lagarde know about capitalism or fiscal discipline?

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... And now to Christine Lagarde, by profession a labour lawyer and thus eminently qualified to be finance minister of France from June 2007 to June 2011 and now head of the IMF, thanks to her ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Lessons from US debt farce

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... the yuan more international, with all the awkward implications for domestic policymaking. And it is time, too, for the IMF to look again at a new reserve currency. ...

  7. Austerity revolt shakes Europe

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the IMF, long criticised for its stern advocacy of procyclical austerity, is now asking that Eurozone nations that can to 'go slow'... We are left to casual empiricism and lessons from ...

  8. World needs China and the US to work together

    Posted Mar 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Monetary Fund to help countries in crisis. Asked about this, Mr Wen laid down conditions, the main one being long overdue structural reform of the IMF to give new economic powers, such as China ...

  9. Can Obama resist the call of protectionism?

    Posted Jan 20th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Orlik

    ... from Beijing, may well be: 'No, we can't.' Tom Orlik is a freelance writer based in Shanghai and a former adviser to the British Treasury and the UK executive director of the IMF ...

  10. Asia's fundamentals attract investors

    Posted Nov 14th 2010, 12:00am by Ajay Shamdasani

    ... Ajay Shamdasani With Western economies forced to tackle hugh deficits, Asia's sovereign debt and macroeconomic fundamentals look good. The picture is in sharp contrast to 1997, when many regional governments ran larger fiscal and current account deficits than developed nations. According to last month's IMF World Economic Outlook, general government gross debt for G7 ...



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