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  1. Business - Economy - INTERNATIONAL

    Lagarde begins Southeast Asian tour

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Washington and Singapore IMF boss begins Southeast Asia tour Fresh from yet another meeting in Brussels on Europe's debt crisis, International Monetary Fund (IMF ... starts in Malaysia and includes the Philippines and Cambodia, builds on ties that took years to mend after the 1997 Asian financial crisis forced countries into unpopular IMF austerity policies. ...

  2. If you want the real outlook, read forecasts back to front

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland The International Monetary Fund gets a terrible press. It's not always deserved. Over the last few days the IMF has taken a hammering following the publication ... a division chief in the IMF's European department. Doyle was disillusioned because the IMF had 'suppressed' discussion of mounting risks ahead of the global financial crisis ...

  3. IMF takes a softer line on yuan

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by an estimated 3 per cent to 23 per cent against a basket of currencies, depending on the methodology used. The latest assessment echoes statements made by a senior IMF official in Beijing in early June indicating the fund was taking a softer line. Markus Rodlauer, head of the IMF China team, explained the new position by saying that 'numbers tend to get a life of their own'. He said ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. BRICS should get bigger say in IMF

    Posted Jun 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... India and South Africa should get in return- more say in the running of institutions like the IMF and the World Bank. The developed Western nations that set up both in 1944 and have controlled them since, agree, although they have yet to make good on a vow made in 2010 to reform quotas and voting powers. With the US being the key holdout on ratifying the IMF changes ...

  6. Cash to come with conditions

    Posted Jun 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... but the contribution will come with a condition- that emerging markets are better represented in the IMF, analysts say. The two-day summit, which begins today in Los Cabos, will largely focus on the lingering euro-zone crisis. But China and other emerging markets do not want Europe to dominate the agenda, and are expecting its push to give less-developed nations greater presence on the IMF will run ...

  7. Forget Europe, here's what G20 should be talking about

    Posted Jun 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the supervisory powers of the International Monetary Fund, creating a sort of global economic policeman. At the moment, the IMF's surveillance role is limited. The fund's staff do perform ... But Carillo wants to go further. He wants the IMF to be given teeth to punish governments whose policies threaten to destabilise the international economy. 'There needs to be some disciplinary ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Beijing clears yuan and yen for trade

    Posted May 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the IMF's special drawing rights (SDR) within the next five years. The SDR is based on a basket of four major currencies- the US dollar, the euro, the yen and the British pound. 'The IMF needs China a lot more than China needs the IMF,' said Prasad. China began establishing bilateral swap arrangements with other countries in the late 1990s, allowing the countries' monetary ...

  10. Retreat of EU banks could hurt world: IMF

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Large European banks could reduce their combined balance sheets by US$2.6 trillion between last September and the end of next year, according to the IMF's latest ... economies, said Sean Craig and Andre Meier, the IMF's resident representatives in Hong Kong. And while the US dollar remains the world's currency of choice for fund-raising activities ...




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