Global Financial Crisis

The regulatory cure is overkill for the patient

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Fines worth hundreds of billions that have been paid out by banks don't automatically improve things for the intended beneficiary, the investor.

Rumours and runs in opaque markets: Evidence from the Panic of 1907

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The story of the run-up to the global financial crisis is not a new one. Regulators would do well to read up on the 'Panic of 1907'.

How the GFC took the wind out of global trade’s sails

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The GFC has resulted in weak global trade growth, but it will likely gather pace as major economies begin to invest and global GDP growth rates start to pick up.

Spain lifts 2015 growth target

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PM Rajoy flags target of 2.9 per cent growth for the year.

A better alternative to QE

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Central banks haven't gotten much bang for their buck via quantitative easing, but things could have been very different if they had chosen another path.

The uncertain trajectory of global economic policy

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Although much work has been done since the financial crisis, policymakers still don't have a good sense of where the global economy is headed.

Scoreboard: Surging dollar

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Expectations of a rate hike boosted the US dollar and pushed stocks lower, while European sharemarkets also declined.

Fed reveals internal debates of 2009

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Transcripts of central bank's 2009 policy meetings outline views at turning points in GFC.

Bring on the currency wars

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Contrary to popular opinion, a currency war could be just what the global economy needs right now.

Germany books record year for trade

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Official figures show demand for German exports, imports both rising; further growth eyed.

Is a Grexit the best option?

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Syriza's victory has set in motion a series of events that will not only determine the future direction of Greece but also the long-term sustainability of the eurozone.

Brace for the unintended consequences of the ECB's QE

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The ECB joining the currency wars will see the dangerous side-effects of central banks' monetary policy experiments continue to build and has merely pushed out the day of reckoning.

IMF's Lagarde disappointed by US inaction

by AFP
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As the IMF's largest shareholder by far, Congressional approval remains critical.

G20 economic growth picked up in Q3

OECD says G20 economies grew at faster pace, large parts of global economy remain weak.

Greece hopes for talks breakthrough

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Greece is hoping to jump-start stalled talks over its austerity program.

IMF slammed for 'premature' advice

Fund's auditors argue IMF pressed for budget restraint too soon after financial crisis.

On the brink of monetary catastrophe

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The US has run lazy fiscal and monetary policy for too long. Action from developed nations to restore monetary discipline is urgently needed to prevent a calamity.

Fund fiscal policy, not greedy banks

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Central bankers have handed trillions to banks who have used it to boost profits and bid up asset prices. Using it to fund government spending is a much better idea.

IMF issues shadow bank warning

Fund says risks shifting to shadow banks, undermining global financial stability.

Did we learn nothing from the GFC?

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A global survey of debt shows Australia in the middle of the pack overall, but with exceptionally high debt in the household sector.

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