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Place your bets for the next IMF head

April 5, 2004

Karina Robinson reviews the main candidates for the top job at the IMF and finds that the front-runner is Rodrigo Rato, Spain’s former finance minister.

After Iraq

April 2, 2003

Is the Iraq crisis principally about removing a despot from power or is the underlying reality more to do with asserting US global hegemony? Stephen Timewell explores the issues and discusses their implications for banking and finance.

Progress and regress in the Doha round

April 2, 2003

Supachai Panitchpakdi explains why agreement on multilateral trade rules remains some way off, despite the benefits for all.

How will Europe work?

January 2, 2003

In theory, enlargement to 25 countries will give the European Union the critical mass necessary to challenge US economic supremacy. In practice, the EU has found decision-making increasingly difficult with just 15 members.

London calling

November 2, 2001

Henry Harington looks at the effect of September 11 on foreign banks in London, and finds many questioning their policy of maintaining all their operations under one roof.

Avoiding the fall-out

March 2, 2001

European and American banks will have to cut costs, deepen customer relationships and search for new opportunities in order to weather the US slowdown.

Asian ambitions survive crisis

January 2, 2001

Asia’s foremost statesman Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore from third-world backwater to first-world city in three decades. Now senior minister of the island state, he remains forthright in his views, here tackling questions on China’s stability, global banks and capital controls.

Efforts to increase dialogue

October 2, 2000

Concern is growing that promises of more IMF dialogue with the private sector may be difficult to meet.

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