Monthly Archives: September 2009

Ralph Atkins

The Bundesbank has explained why Germany is not part of the global imbalances story, says Ralph Atkins in a Financial Times blog Read more

Chris Giles

David Miles’ first speech as a Monetary Policy Committee member bears a striking resemblance to secret briefings given by Bank of England officials to City economists, writes Chris Giles of the Financial Times. It contains the latest Bank view of why quantitative easing is working and why critics who focus on the lacklustre supply of money are wrong Read more

Chris Giles

European banks have been slow to recognise losses from the recession and need to raise huge quantities of new capital if they are to lend sufficient sums to support a recovery, writes Chris Giles of the Financial Times, and two IMF charts reveal all you need to know. Read more

As Russia invites foreign investment, China encourages domestic investment in commercial property. US housing prices are marginally improved but on thin volume, and unemployment data looks grim Read more

Mure Dickie

Japanese finance minister Hirohisa Fujii deserves a little credit amid all the abuse he is taking for recent currency comments Read more

The World Bank questions the supremacy of the United States, as other commentators question the legitimacy and usefulness of the World Bank. Bad news for ‘developed’ countries; good news for ‘emerging’ markets; and questions over the distinction between them Read more

Ralph Atkins

Ralph Atkins of the Financial Times discusses Jean-Claude Trichet’s thoughts on the euro and European regulation Read more

Krishna Guha

Krishna Guha of the Financial Times on Fed Governor Kevin Warsh arguing forcefully for a symmetry of response from the FOMC for credibility reasons Read more

Krishna Guha

Dominique Strauss-Kahn tells the Financial Times’ Krishna Guha that the IMF is going to talk about currencies when it reports back to the G20 on balanced growth Read more

Chris Giles

Alistair Darling, chancellor of the exchequer has just proposed new legislation “to require that the government reduces the budget deficit year on year”. Rarely has there been an idea either so pointless or so undesirable writes Chris Giles of the Financial Times Read more