Lending levels may be too high in aggregate, but farmers aren’t getting enough of the pie. So says the Chinese central bank, which has called for financial innovation and increased levels of rural lending.
Banks should issue more microloans to farmers to foster rural industries and urbanization, said Liu Shiyu, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China. Rural credit co-operatives, village banks, microcredit companies and new types of financial institution should all be used to help rural development. Read more
More good news for China, Russia and India and more warnings for the US, UK and EU. George Soros asks if the new communist/capitalist divide has been replaced by a polarisation between international capitalism and state capitalism. Read more
China, India and Australia should all consider tightening monetary policy, says the IMF. Emerging economies show healthy signs, as US legislators fight to keep the house market moving, against falling prices, credit warnings and reduced mortgage applications Read more
As money pours out of money market funds, we ask whether equity levels are sustainable and if the return of property-backed debt is a cause for celebration. Food security is a rising international concern and Bill Clinton asks if we should use the unemployed to increase energy efficiency. Read more