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A stock market intervention too far in China?

The intervention of the Chinese government when the country's stock market lost more than one-third of its value in mid-June did not surprise many people, but the timing and manner of the action has disappointed some.

Greece and the eurozone need the IMF to act

The International Monetary Fund has gradually found its voice in the years since its participation in the Greek bail-out of 2010. Now it must go further.

Tough at the top for China

China's rise to the economic ascent will not be without its hiccups, as the country must negotiate the transition from an investment- to a consumption-driven economic model and put its local government expenditures into check.

EEU integration faces uncertain times

The Eurasian Economic Union is an ambitious project at a difficult time.

CEE caught between eurozone bulls and Russian bears

Countries in central and eastern Europe are being split in terms of their economic outlook, with Russia in deep recession but other countries benefiting from the low oil price. 

Boosting business, African style

Regional payments systems will help bolster Africa's developing financial infrastructure.  

Nigeria's election calm: good news for Africa?

The smooth transition of power in Nigeria bodes well for better governance across the continent.

Banks and regulators need to catch their breath

The banking industry is asking regulators to pause to assess the impact of all reforms undertaken in the post-crisis environment. And not before time.

Banker Opinion

The tricky task of killing off the sovereign risk subsidy

The sovereign risk weight subsidy is an obvious target for regulators looking to shore up bank balance sheets, but getting rid of it will be easier said than done. 

Banker Opinion

Change afoot for financing SMEs

Policymakers are keen to stimulate more bank financing for small and medium enterprises, but technology is enabling non-banks to fill the gap more effectively.

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