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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 adjusts for purchasing power parity, explained here. The simple logic is ... Read More »

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 banks to boost activity with ultra-low interest rates. And she ... Read More »

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 would help our customers trust us. There is, however, another ... Read More »

IMF boss Christine Lagarde under investigation in corruption case

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde IMF

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 AFP. The announcement comes after French magistrates investigated her alleged ... Read More »

BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency reserves

BRICS nations

The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar. The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, ... Read More »

Bank run fears in Bulgaria

FIB Bulgaria bank

Dozens of depositors have withdrawn savings from Bulgaria’s third biggest bank despite assurances from the government and the European Union that their money was safe after a similar run shut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 phone and internet campaign. However, the queues forming to withdraw ... Read More »

China plans to create its own World Bank

China World Bank Yuan

China is moving forward with a plan to create its own version of the World Bank, which will rival institutions that are under the sway of the US and the West. The bank will start with $100 billion in capital. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will extend China’s financial reach and compete not only with the World Bank, but ... Read More »

Ukraine to buy $1 billion of gold with IMF money

Ukraine flag

A month ago, it was alleged, that Ukraine – under cover of night – loaded its gold reserves onto a plane and shipped them off (for safekeeping) in the US, as the potential price of ‘liberation’. So how ironic that, given the massive gas debts that Ukraine owes to Russia (and prepayments pending), and sizable bond maturities pending, the first thing ... Read More »

BRICS to create alternative to IMF and World Bank

BRICS leaders

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank (which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU), according to RBTH. As WSJ reports, the U.S. would lose its veto power on the International Monetary Fund’s executive board under a plan being ... Read More »