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  1. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    IMF gives Hong Kong a lesson in deflating property bubbles

    The IMF country inspection team concluded its visit to Hong Kong at the end of October. It found the People’s Republic of China Special Administrative Region (a committee-inspired name if ever there was one) in high expansionary mode with a property bubble developing thanks to fast-rising credit growth...

  2. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Spain on the rack: What price facts when hysteria rules?

    The Spanish Government is getting seriously, but rather impotently, annoyed. With Spanish papers running stories saying that the Spanish Government is in secret talks with the EU, the IMF, and the US Treasury about a possible bailout, firefighting is becoming a full-time job for Spanish officials...

  3. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Asia overtakes US on derivatives trading

    Yet another sign of the irresistible shift of economic power from west to east came in the third quarter of 2010 when, for the first time ever, the volume of derivatives trading in Asia-Pacific surpassed that done in North America.  

  4. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    QFINANCE Top 5 Stories of the Week

    QFINANCE brings to you its top 5 financial news stories of the week, along with relevant QFINANCE articles and definitions to fill you in on background details. Stories this week include the Irish economic crisis, UK student protests against tuition fees reform, and financial scandals in the US and India.

  5. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    The EU's cack-handed rescue plan may not be enough to save Ireland

    You know that things must be getting desperate in Ireland when significant numbers of the country's population want to draft in Michael O'Leary, the controversial and famously outspoken Ryanair chief executive, to help run the country.

  6. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    QFINANCE named one of the top three most innovative media outlets at the 2010 State Street Institutional Press Awards

    QFINANCE has been shortlisted in the prestigious ninth annual State Street Institutional Press Awards coming runner up in the ‘Most Innovative Media Outlet’ category.

  7. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    IMF looks to bounce EU into fiscal union

    Just a day or two before ECB president Jean Claude Trichet sketched out how the embryonic European Systemic Risk Board could be a kind of halfway house to fiscal union (see my previous blog on the EU economy for further analysis), the managing director of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn launched an even more vigorous proposal.

  8. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    A halfway house to fiscal union in the EU

    Anyone who thinks that the key figures behind the Eurozone, from heads of state, to finance ministers, to the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) are not giving thought to ways and means for getting beyond the EU’s rolling sovereign debt crisis, is dreaming.

  9. Finance Blogger: Bill Sharon

    The French and the Fat Lady

    Every American school child learns of the exploits of the Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. Some go on to read Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and learn of the author’s admiration for the establishment of our democratic state.

  10. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    GM is the second largest IPO in US history – why?

    From needing a massive US taxpayer handout at the height of the crash, on November 17 2010 General Motors successfully rose from the ashes, pushing through a $15.8 billion IPO of common shares, the second largest in US history after the $19.7 billion Visa IPO in 2008.

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