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IMF backs negative rates move by cbanks

The International Monetary Fund said on Sunday that a move to negative rates by some of the world's central banks would help deliver extra monetary stimulus and ease lending conditions. Six of the world's central banks hav

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Central banks can no longer save the world

In 2008 central banks, led by the Federal Reserve, rode to the rescue of the global financial system. Seven years on and trillions of dollars later they no longer have the answers and may even represent a major risk for the global economy.

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IMF, central banks to put China in spotlight

Flanked by interest rate decisions in Britain, Japan and Australia, the IMF's annual meeting in Lima takes centre stage in the calendar next week, with policymakers focussing on China's economic slide and its impact on the rest of the wo

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When will the bitcoin bubble burst?

Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009 with its price fluctuating between $0.30 and $1,135 in its short existence. But bitcoin is now accepted as payment by a growing number of mainstream merchants

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Arab banks expanding in ME as global rivals retreat

Big Arab banks with money to spend are expanding across the Middle East in markets such as Egypt and Iraq, as they take advantage of a retreat from some areas by major international rivals, senior Arab bankers say. Since 2011, som

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Central banks 'need to co-ordinate on liquidity'

Central banks should co-ordinate to avoid unwanted side-effects as they exit from ultra-easy monetary policies that have left the world awash in cheap money, top policymakers were told yesterday. Opening the second day of an annua

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Struggling factories underline fragility of world growth

Manufacturing across the world stumbled last month, underlining the fragility of the global economy and building the case for more action from leading central banks. Gloomy purchasing managers indexes - surveys of factory activity

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Oil rises above $112 on cbanks outlook

Brent crude oil rose above $112 a barrel on Thursday, supported by renewed confidence that major central banks would keep taking steps to support the global economy. Brent crude for April delivery gained 19 cents to $112.06 a barr

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Davos leaders uneasy over glut of easy money

The world is awash in easy money, with consequences that are starting to worry some central bankers and business leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF), though so far inflation fears seem overdone. With developed world go

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Low growth seen for global markets in 2012

An anemic recovery in the US, a technical recession in the UK, a struggling Europe, a suffering Japan and a sluggish performance in emerging markets count among the global markets outlook for 2013, said an expert. The issues facin

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