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IMF warns global economy is slowing

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde has warned that the global economy could be sinking into a prolonged period of “mediocre” growth which could endanger efforts to bring down unemployment worldwide. Lagarde said on Thursday that the world’s economy has weakened in the past six months, despite the efforts of leading central …

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Ex-IMF boss arrested for tax evasion and money laundering

Rodrigo Rato

Rodrigo Rato, who led the International Monetary Fund from 2004-2007, was arrested in Spain last night over allegations of tax evasion and money laundering. An influential figure in Spanish banking and politics, Rato was the predecessor of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan, who left office under a cloud of legal troubles …

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IMF downgrades global growth outlook, lowest since financial crisis

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its forecast for global economic growth for the fourth time this year, reducing the figure to 3.1 percent from the 3.3 percent estimate in July. Modest growth pickup could occur in advanced economies, along with the slowdown in emerging markets, according to IMF. …

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IMF issues its statement on Greece

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Mr. Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today regarding Greece’s financial obligations to the IMF due today: “I confirm that the SDR 1.2 billion repayment (about EUR 1.5 billion) due by Greece to the IMF today has not been received. We …

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IMF: China overtakes US as world’s largest economy

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Sorry, America. China just overtook the US to become the world’s largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us back in April this year that it was all about to happen. Basically, the method used by the IMF …

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IMF forgives Ukraine’s debt to Russia

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On December 8, the IMF’s Chief Spokesman Gerry Rice sent a note saying: “The IMF’s Executive Board met today and agreed to change the current policy on non-toleration of arrears to official creditors. We will provide details on the scope and rationale for this policy change in the next day …

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IMF set to include Chinese yuan into SDR currency basket

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is set to meet in just over a week – on November 30 – to discuss what will almost certainly see the Chinese yuan added to the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) currency basket. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde has already …

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They’re coming for your money

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Nearly all of us grew up thinking that we registered ourselves to prove that we were safe and responsible. We advertised our services as “registered” or “licensed,” and we never thought about it beyond that point. After all, that was the way things were done, and we knew that it …

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IMF set to add Chinese yuan to SDR currency basket

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China’s currency, the yuan seems to be on track to be included in the International Monetary Fund‘s benchmark currency basket, putting it on par with the dollar, euro and pound sterling. A draft report by IMF staff who have been assessing the yuan’s technical criteria seems to be favourable. Three …

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IMF boss Christine Lagarde under investigation in corruption case

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed that she is being investigated for alleged “negligence” in a corruption probe when she was French Finance Minister in 2008, she told AFP. “The investigating commission of the Court of Justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation,” Lagarde told …

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Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

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Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services …

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Central banking elite met today behind closed doors

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Today the financial heavyweights in the world of finance met behind closed doors to discuss the future of the global economic system. Held in Washington, the meeting was titled, ‘Gold, renminbi and the multicurrency reserve system’. Co-hosted by the World Gold Council, the purpose of the …

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Ukraine to receive $17.5b bailout package from the IMF

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The International Monetary Fund and the Ukrainian government agreed on a $17.5 billion financial bailout package for Kiev, but the move is yet to be approved by the IMF Board. “I’m glad that the talks on are now over. We have reached a preliminary agreement on disbursing $17.5 billion for Ukraine. It’s a four-year program,” the Fund’s managing …

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China moves one step closer to replacing the dollar

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group The rise of China on the global economic stage got another boost this week. While discussing the potential that the Chinese renminbi (also known as the yuan) will be added to the IMF’s Special Drawing Right (SDR) basket of currencies, Christine Lagarde, the chief of the …

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Ukraine’s National Bank receives another $1 billion from the IMF

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The fourth tranche of the International Monetary Fund credit of $1 billion to Ukraine has entered the reserve of the National Bank of Ukraine, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk said Wednesday. The IMF approved a four-year program of financial aid to Ukraine in March 2015. Kiev has already received three tranches of aid totalling …

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IMF approves Chinese yuan to rival US dollar on the global stage

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group As we predicted it would happen, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) made a historic decision this week in international finance by adding the Chinese yuan into its basket of currencies that make up the global exchange unit known as the SDR. Created back in 1969, the SDR (Special …

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IMF warns Federal Reserve not to raise rates

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The International Monetary Fund has recommended that the US Federal Reserve abstain from any interest rate hikes in the near-term, a recommendation which was subsequently rebuffed by the Fed due to fundamental disagreements over how to approach economic policy. Kristian Rouz — The International Monetary Fund, a Washington-based global lender, has recommended …

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Bank run fears in Bulgaria

Dozens of depositors have withdrawn savings from Bulgaria’s third biggest bank despite assurances from the government and the European Union that their money was safe after a similar run shut down another major lender last week. Bulgarian authorities have arrested four people suspected of trying to destabilise the banking system in a concerted …

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