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A uniform policy that doesn’t fit all

September 4, 2006

What is taken as gospel truth in European and American business circles, namely the infallibility of the western model, is far from accepted in the rest of the world. Brian Caplen explains why the dissenters exist and why their influence seems to be growing.

Power imbalances under scrutiny

September 4, 2006

Not only are there moves afoot to review the regional imbalances in the IMF’s and World Bank’s funding programmes but also calls to review the way the institutions’ leaders are chosen. 

Bumpy ride for flat tax

January 2, 2006

Flat tax is unpalatable to governments of established economies but its adoption by emerging countries could spark a rethink.

IMF's managing director explains the Fund's new priorities

January 2, 2006

With demographic change and globalisation presenting fresh challenges, Rodrigo de Rato explains how the 60-year-old International Monetary Fund is adapting itself to new paradigms.

Has inflation been tamed?

May 3, 2004

The common belief is that inflation has been permanently tamed but a number of economic factors indicate that its return is more than likely, reports Anthony Hilton.

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.

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