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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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Central banking elite met today behind closed doors

Bank gate

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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Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

Eurozone Greece drachma

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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China moves one step closer to replacing the dollar

Obama wine China

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 to receive $17.5b bailout package from the IMF

Christine Lagarde IMF

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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IMF: China overtakes US as world’s largest economy

China vs USA

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 warns global economy is slowing

Christine Lagarde IMF

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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They’re coming for your money

Pockets empty

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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