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Cover: New Role For Central Banks?

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES By Udayan Gupta The world’s central banks are on a desperate mission to stave off deflation. But even if their short-term fixes work, the long-term outcomes may have unplanned results. Central banks are in an ...


Frontier Markets Focus: Estonia

ODD MAN OUT By Dan Keeler One of the few frontier markets to adopt the euro, Estonia has proved to be a beacon of hope in a region of uncertainty. Estonia is on a healthy trajectory. Economic ...


Milestones: Luxembourg Opens Up Once-Sacred Banking Sector

MILESTONES: LUXEMBOURG By Forrest Jones Another tax haven is set to unveil its operations, this time in Western Europe. Luxembourg recently agreed to share confidential banking details belonging to multinational companies with its neighbors. The move, which will help ...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

WAGE GAP CLOSES AS GOVERNMENT EMBARKS ON SOCIAL REFORMS By Thomas Clouse China announced plans last month to reduce its wealth distribution gap through a series of measures—such as raising minimum wages, loosening lending and deposit rates and increasing ...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Milestone: Spain Cuts Red Tape In An Effort To Help Businesses

MILESTONE: SPAIN By Forrest Jones Spain wants to make life a little easier for its business sector. Recently, Madrid drafted legislation to make it simpler for companies to conduct business in different autonomous regions within the country ...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Newsmaker: White’s SEC Appointment Sends Mixed Message

NEWSMAKER US By Valentina Pasquali Though still bearing the scars of the recent financial crisis, the US economy is recovering, and markets are returning to levels unseen in years. White is reputed to be a tough enforcer Photo Credits: ...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Milestone: Growing Chorus At Home Urges UK To Break With Brussels

MILESTONES: EUROPE By Valentina Pasquali On the tail of the European economic crisis, the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union is nearing a breaking point. While in Brussels some members are pushing for further integration, in ...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Newsmaker: Belka Navigates Choppy Economic Waters in Poland

NEWSMAKERS: POLAND By Justin Keay Poland’s central bank governor, Marek Belka, marked the start of the New Year with an interview to a leading business newspaper in which he claimed Poland had experienced “the perfect slowdown” rather than the slump ...

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Newsmaker: Blast From The Past As Park Geun-Hye Is Elected PM

NEWSMAKERS: SOUTH KOREA By Thomas Clouse South Korea will swear in 60-year-old Park Geun-hye as the country’s first female prime minister this month, after she narrowly defeated her more liberal competitor, Moon Jae-in, in the general election in December. ...