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The financial cycle, productivity and the real economy

January 4, 2016

Without help from balance sheet repair and structural reforms, easy monetary policy will not restore economic growth after a financial crisis – and may even make things worse, writes Jaime Caruana, the general manager of the Bank for International Settlements.

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What will it take to turn European banking union rhetoric into reality?

January 4, 2016

The formation of a European banking union should have helped ease Greece's economic woes, but far from putting European banks on an even footing, the so-called union left Greece out in the cold, writes former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

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Why Nepal will bounce back stronger

September 1, 2015

The two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015 were the largest natural calamity in the country in over 80 years. Finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat describes how the country is recovering, and explains why the Nepal that rises from the rubble will be stronger than ever.

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US-Cuban relations: progress, challenges and surprises

September 1, 2015

The announcement in December 2014 of a restoration of normal relations between Cuba and the US shocked many, and thus far very little opposition has been registered. However, this inactivity should not shroud the challenges that lie ahead for both countries, says Peter Hakim of Inter-American Dialogue.

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Malaysia's great balancing act

September 1, 2015

Watching the success of its Asian counterparts acted as the catalyst for Malaysia to rethink its economy, reducing its dependence on natural resources and putting greater faith in the private sector, all while reducing government spending and keeping debt to a manageable level. The country's minister without portfolio, Idris Jala, describes the plan's progress. 

Greece: faith versus sustainability

July 27, 2015

Greece and the EU have faith that everything will work out in spite of the country's debt being a long way from sustainable. What does all that mean for the future?

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Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

May 26, 2015

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

Belarus central bank chairman seeks more stable times

April 27, 2015

The chairman of the board of the National Bank of Belarus, Pavel Kallaur, tells Courtney Fingar about his plans to stabilise the country's currency, as well as keep inflation under control while bringing down interest rates.

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How Turkish banks have grown from the inside out

March 4, 2015

Much of the success of the Turkish banking sector is down to the internal practices of individual lenders, says Akbank chairperson Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, which means that the sector can expect to remain resilient, even when wider economic conditions are not in its favour. 

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Philippines CBG: unconventional and effective

February 23, 2015

Amando Tetangco, the governor of the Philippines' central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, talks to Stefania Palma about how in a post-financial crisis, globalised world, conventional central banking is no longer enough.

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