Economic news headlines

Japan unveils $81bn stimulus plan – FTUK taxpayers are backing £167bn toxic assets abroad – FT AlphavilleIreland makes tough choices: plans to cut public sector pay – FT Dire CMBS figures get worse – Reuters Decision ahead: Broad vs. Narrow Fed – Krishna Guha, FTSterling weakens ahead of UK pre-budget report – FT Peterson Institute recommends more QE – FT Alphaville Bank of Korea diversifies from dollar, also avoiding “gold illusion” – BloombergBelgian central bank raises growth forecasts 2009 & 2010 – ReutersCredit matters more than ever. Why is it given no role in central bank policy? – VoxEU US consumer credit falls by $3.5bn, 1/3 expectation, kept higher by credit cards – FT AlphavilleWho should pay for fund: 100 banks above $10bn or 30 banks above $50bn? – WSJJapan convertible bond issuance on the rise – FT Mexico plans New Year cleared swaps party – FT Bonus tax: fairer if agreed by G20 and no substitute for reform – FT Tax haven? Not here: Gibraltar says it now meets transparency standards – FTZimbabwe issues hundred trillion dollar note – Macro market Drug cartels swap dollars for euro: easier to smuggle, apparently – Observer
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