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  1. September 18, 2014

    Emerging markets brace for a bumpy ride

    In 2008 investors learnt about financial chain reactions. This was not simply because the demise of Lehman Brothers hit...

  2. September 15, 2014

    Developing world is vulnerable to rapid fixed income growth

    The rapid growth of emerging market funds, combined with “herd behaviour” by investors, threatens to be a source of...

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  1. September 14, 2014

    Banks resume lending abroad as confidence returns to sector

    Banks have started to lend more abroad for the first time in nearly three years, in a sign that confidence in the sector is...

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 4, 2014

    BIS says we should follow the money

    On Wednesday we wrote about the growing consensus among scholars and policymakers that unencumbered financial flows are bad,...

  3. FT Alphaville

    September 3, 2014

    Financial globalisation not so great, says the BIS

    “It, therefore, agreed that the Fund’s Articles should be amended to make the promotion of capital account liberalization a...

  4. beyondbrics

    August 27, 2014

    Why EM asset managers are on a hair trigger for selling

    Hyun Song Shin, head of research at the Bank for International Settlements, has been sounding alarm bells over the debt...

  5. FT Alphaville

    August 21, 2014

    Video and review: "The System Worked", by Dan Drezner

    While reading Dan Drezner’s The System Worked, I kept thinking of the well-publicised conversation between Barack Obama and...

  6. July 20, 2014

    Eurozone needs quantitative easing

    Should the European Central Bank carry out a large expansion of its balance sheet? The answer is: yes. The ECB must now do...

  7. July 18, 2014

    A peek into the IMF machine

    A couple of years ago, Liaquat Ahamed, a Washington-based fund manager turned writer, flew to Tokyo to participate in the...

  8. beyondbrics

    July 15, 2014

    Guest post: does the world really need a Brics bank?

    By Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, Pramerica Investment Management Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are...

  9. Gavyn Davies

    July 10, 2014

    'Artificially' high asset prices

    Paul Krugman has written two interesting comments (here and here) on my recent “Keynesian Yellen versus Wicksellian BIS”...

  10. Gavyn Davies

    July 6, 2014

    Keynesian Yellen versus Wicksellian BIS

    The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) caused a splash last weekend with an annual report that spelled out in detail...

  11. July 3, 2014

    Low volatility hits derivatives trading

    Prospects for interest rate rises in the US and UK brought isolated bursts of activity to an otherwise slack first half of...

  12. July 1, 2014

    Bad advice from Basel’s Jeremiah

    I admire the Bank for International Settlements. It takes courage to accuse its owners – the world’s main central banks – of...

  13. Business Blog

    June 30, 2014

    The financial herd flees from investment banking

    Given that financial crises are caused by herd-like behaviour by banks, it is hard to know whether to be encouraged or...

  14. FT Alphaville

    June 30, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE TWO DAYS TO GO UNTIL CAMP ALPHAVILLE! – Last chance to get your tickets for the finance...

  15. June 29, 2014

    BIS urges central banks to exit loose monetary policy

    When the Bank for International Settlements’ chief economist warned in 2003 that dangerous imbalances were building up in...

  16. June 29, 2014

    ‘Euphoric’ capital markets are out of step with reality, warns BIS

    The Bank for International Settlements has warned that “euphoric” financial markets have become detached from the reality of...

  17. June 24, 2014

    Don’t bank on a comfortable interest rate ride

    With debt in the developed world standing at higher levels than before the financial crisis, one of the more disturbing...

  18. April 27, 2014

    Swaps and derivatives: Tougher capital rules boost traders’ feelings of security

    Last month the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (Isda), a trade body, asked members and swaps users if...

  19. April 15, 2014

    Hong Kong regulators move to safeguard bank liquidity

    Hong Kong’s regulators have stepped up scrutiny of the city’s banking sector, prompted by a spike in lending to China-based...

  20. Money Supply

    April 7, 2014

    Kurodanomics, one year on

    Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of QQE – the aggressive monetary easing regime launched by Bank of Japan...

  21. April 1, 2014

    OCBC / Wing Hang: trade finance the key

    Like China? Buy Hong Kong – banks, that is. OCBC’s offer for Wing Hang, at about twice the bank’s book value, is the latest...

  22. March 11, 2014

    Central banks in forward guidance rethink

    Economists at the Bank for International Settlements, the so-called central bankers’ bank, saw more clearly than most before...

  23. March 10, 2014

    How to make a graceful exit

    Imagine the emotions of a golfer who finds himself without his sand wedge after driving his ball into the deepest bunker on...

  24. March 9, 2014

    Forward guidance threatens to ‘encourage excessive risk’

    Efforts by central banks to spur economic recovery by providing guidance on what will happen to interest rates could...

  25. Money Supply

    March 9, 2014

    Who holds and prints the $100trn-worth of global debt?

    The Bank for International Settlements has a fascinating section in its latest quarterly report drawing attention to the...

  26. Money Supply

    March 9, 2014

    Forward guidance: no success like failure?

    Forward guidance is central banking’s latest fad. Since the nadir of the crisis, all four of the major central banks have...

  27. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2014

    Turkish corporates: should you trust them?

    Turkish corporates have come late to the eurobond market, with $4.1bn in foreign currency bonds outstanding last September,...

  28. beyondbrics

    January 28, 2014

    Turkey vs interest rates: why it matters

    If market consensus is correct, Turkey’s central bank will raise interest rates on Tuesday evening. It’s an issue that has...

  29. beyondbrics

    January 27, 2014

    Brazil's external liabilities: should we be worried?

    As investors scramble to make sense of the sell-off in emerging markets in the past few days, they will be keen to spot any...

  30. January 6, 2014

    Capital flows: Powered down

    After Lehman Brothers investment bank collapsed in late 2008, the lights almost went out in the global financial system....

  31. December 8, 2013

    BIS warns hunt for yield spurring loose credit conditions

    The global search for yield has spurred some of the loosest lending conditions in credit markets since before the crisis,...

  32. November 3, 2013

    Red flags waving over Asian corporate debt

    Anyone looking for signs of coming strains on Asia Inc as the end of easy central bank money looms needs look no further...

  33. October 18, 2013

    Did QE only boost the price of Warhols?

    When the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, began tiptoeing towards the exit of its extraordinary monetary stimulus...

  34. October 6, 2013

    Foreign exchange: window shopping and booby traps

    Are institutional allocations to foreign exchange investment strategies increasing or decreasing? The question provokes a...

  35. October 4, 2013

    Capital – some good news on banking

    The banking crisis had many causes, some of which are complex enough to make a quantum physicist’s head spin. But a central...

  36. September 26, 2013

    Gold in retreat on strong US data

    Gold surrendered early gains after stronger than expected US economic data reignited concerns about a shrinking of the US...

  37. beyondbrics

    September 16, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Asia stocks climb after Summers’ withdrawal * Bank lending to emerging markets soars to record * EM currencies lifted by...

  38. beyondbrics

    September 16, 2013

    London headlines

    * Asia stocks climb after Summers’ withdrawal * Bank lending to emerging markets soars to record * Epidemic of violence...

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