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    1. FT Alphaville

      December 23, 2014

      FirstFT (the new Lunch Wrap)

      Opec ok with $20 oil, Santa bucks and Palestinian bagpipers We may never see $100 oil again. That’s according to Saudi oil...

    2. FT Alphaville

      December 23, 2014

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      We may never see $100 oil again. That’s according to Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi, who said Opec producers would not cut...

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    1. December 22, 2014

      Oil price slump shot in the arm for global economy, says IMF

      The plunge in the price of oil represents a “shot in the arm” for the global economy which could boost overall world...

    2. December 21, 2014

      Ebola-hit countries still servicing debt

      Ebola-stricken countries in west Africa are still servicing international loans in spite of calls from world leaders to...

    3. December 19, 2014

      In Putin’s Russia, risk takes you

      Officially, Russia is a creditor to the rest of the world. This may have been easy to forget during the last week. Extreme...

    4. December 19, 2014

      Zambia will need more help, says IMF

      Zambia’s struggling economy will need more financial assistance in 2015 than previously thought, the International Monetary...

    5. FT Alphaville

      December 18, 2014

      The SNB goes negative

      From the SNB, click through for the full thing: Timing is a bit odd no? Worried about all them roubles perhaps?A...

    6. December 17, 2014

      European leaders balk at Kiev’s pleas to fill $15bn funding gap

      European leaders are balking at providing additional financial aid for Ukraine despite an urgent need to fill a $15bn...

    7. beyondbrics

      December 17, 2014

      South Sudan: action needed to avert "catastrophe"

      As if South Sudan hasn’t enough to contend with, now it has the reprove of the usually buttoned-up IMF. Following a review...

    8. December 15, 2014

      Ukraine needs tough, not unconditional, love

      Ukraine passed two milestones this month. The first, promisingly, was the inauguration of a new government; a reformist,...

    9. beyondbrics

      December 15, 2014

      Guest post: IMF decision could propel renminbi past sterling and yen

      By Jukka Pihlman of Standard Chartered Bank The Chinese currency’s path to internationalisation has been stellar so far but...

    10. December 12, 2014

      Christine Lagarde warns US over IMF reform failings

      The US risks losing influence at the International Monetary Fund after long-delayed reforms were left out of a 2015 budget...

    11. beyondbrics

      December 11, 2014

      Mexico, the US and the IMF: worst-case oil price scenarios

      You don’t have to look far to see the impact on Mexico of falling oil prices (now close to a five-year low): just take a...

    12. beyondbrics

      December 11, 2014

      Guest post: Romania surprises on the upside but challenges remain

      By Greg Konieczny of Templeton Emerging Markets Group Following presidential elections in Romania last month and the...

    13. December 11, 2014

      IMF warns on South African economy

      South Africa urgently needs to tackle structural problems that are stymieing growth, the International Monetary Fund has...

    14. beyondbrics

      December 10, 2014

      Guest post: the cost of (not) bailing out Ukraine

      By Olena Bilan of Dragon Capital and VoxUkraine Despite securing sizeable financial support from western lenders in April —...

    15. December 9, 2014

      Chastened banks called to account for sins of the past

      This has been the Year of the Bad Apples. In 2014, banks were called increasingly to account for the sins of the past,...

    16. December 9, 2014

      IMF warns Ukraine bailout at risk of collapse

      The International Monetary Fund has identified a $15bn shortfall in its bailout for war-torn Ukraine and warned western...

    17. December 9, 2014

      Tax deals raise questions over Ireland’s growth spurt

      Four years after entering a punishing €67bn bailout, the Irish economy is booming again. Gross domestic product expanded at...

    18. December 9, 2014

      Q&A: What is behind Greece’s snap presidential election?

      Why did Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras call a snap presidential election? The government wants to put an end to weeks...

    19. December 9, 2014

      Snap election in Greece reignites fears for eurozone

      Greece’s political woes re-erupted as a threat to global financial stability on Tuesday, triggering the biggest drop on the...

    20. December 9, 2014

      Australia to crack down on risky mortgage lending

      Australia’s prudential regulator has warned banks it is stepping up scrutiny of lending practices and will force them to...

    21. December 8, 2014

      Income inequality damages growth, OECD warns

      Rising income inequality over the past 30 years has damaged growth rates in rich countries by limiting educational...

    22. December 8, 2014

      Greek premier calls snap presidential election

      Prime minister Antonis Samaras has called a snap presidential election in a high-stakes bid to retain power despite his...

    23. beyondbrics

      December 5, 2014

      HSBC asks: how big is China?

      When the IMF announced this year that China’s economy had overtaken the US economy at purchasing power parity, there was...

    24. December 5, 2014

      Greek hopes of waving goodbye to bailout appear to be dashed

      For Greece, this was supposed to be the end. After more than four years and two separate rescues totalling €245bn, Prime...

    25. December 4, 2014

      Portugal’s old order loses its grip in painful times of change

      Three months after the Lisbon government celebrated Portugal’s successful exit from a punishing three-year bailout...

    26. December 4, 2014

      Portugal’s slowing rate of recovery raises fears over ability to service debt

      Restaurants that not long ago were wildernesses of white linen are beginning to fill up. The ad breaks on TV are growing...

    27. FT Photo Diary

      December 4, 2014

      Peruvian moves

      International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde (centre L) dances with a local woman after touring the...

    28. beyondbrics

      December 2, 2014

      "Foreigners" land top posts in Ukraine's new cabinet

      Two foreign-born investment fund managers and a reform-minded former official from the Caucasus republic of Georgia were on...

    29. beyondbrics

      December 2, 2014

      Guest post: China's debt time bomb - the fall out

      By Gabriel Sterne and Alessandro Theiss, Oxford Economics If there was a financial crisis in China, the government could...

    30. The World

      December 2, 2014

      Economic chill set to make Finland the sick man of Europe

      Which of the eurozone’s 18 member states will be the weakest performing economy in 2015? Italy, which has recorded no...

    31. November 30, 2014

      Cross-border capital flows return to 2011 levels

      Financial globalisation has returned to pre-eurozone crisis levels, as economic recovery in the US encourages cross-border...

    32. November 27, 2014

      The good, the bad and the ugly of emerging market debt

      Emerging markets have endured a torrid year in many ways. A smouldering ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia is threatening...

    33. November 27, 2014

      ‘Quick, aggressive’ reform needed to boost Turkey’s growth

      As a tumultuous year draws to a close, the Turkish economy is enjoying a moment of respite. But for all its strengths,...

    34. beyondbrics

      November 26, 2014

      Guest post: from ideology to policy in Brazil?

      By Monica Baumgarten de Bolle of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars President Dilma Rousseff’s soon to be...

    35. November 26, 2014

      Ukraine fears heighten on fragile ceasefire

      Fears that Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists is nearing an end have reignited concerns for the...

    36. beyondbrics

      November 24, 2014

      Serbia’s IMF deal: can Belgrade grasp the nettle?

      Serbia’s long-awaited new deal with the IMF should bolster investor confidence in the country but the substantial fiscal...

    37. November 23, 2014

      Movers & shakers: November 24

      C Insight Investment, the $526bn asset manager owned by BNY Mellon, has appointed Victoria May as head of institutional for...

    38. November 21, 2014

      Greece defies troika with new budget

      Greece presented the final draft of next year’s budget to parliament on Friday without seeking approval from its foreign...

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