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Mark Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

via The Japan Times    Oct 24, 2019

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday to discuss his plans for the new cryptocurrency Libra. | AP

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced bipartisan, hostile questions in a congressional hearing Wednesday focused on the social media company’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency ...

Christine Lagarde replacing bond angel Mario Draghi at ECB just as monetary policy nears limits

By Liz Capo Mccormick,James Hirai
- via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi arrive at a conference on the economies of the central, eastern and southeastern European nations in June at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. | BLOOMBERG

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has been the bond market’s best friend, but investors aren’t expecting the same support from his successor, Christine Lagarde.Since ...

Negative rates forever? Central bankers look for an exit

via The Japan Times    Oct 20, 2019

Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney and Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda speak at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Washington on Saturday. | AP

The world’s most powerful policymakers are struggling to alleviate the pain of a slowing global economy with few levers left to pull and growing concern ...

Bank of Korea warns of weaker growth after cutting rates again

via The Japan Times    Oct 16, 2019

Bank of Korea Gov. Lee Ju-yeol starts a monetary policy meeting in Seoul Wednesday before the central bank cut its policy rate for the second time this year. | BLOOMBERG

South Korea’s central bank warned Wednesday that economic growth would be weaker than forecast after cutting its policy rate for the second time this year ...

Turkey and the Taper Tantrum

By Nicholas Spiro
- via Foreign Affairs    Oct 14, 2014

Graffiti of Erdogan on the windows of a bank office at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 8, 2013.  (Stoyan Nenov / Courtesy Reuters)

Modi and Jokowi's Lessons for Erdogan October 14, 2014 Nicholas Spiro Summary:  Fed policy is once again revealing which emerging markets have strengthened their defenses against a tight...

Foreign Affairs Focus: Benn Steil on Fed Policy

By Gideon Rose,Benn Steil
- via Foreign Affairs    Aug 06, 2014

August 6, 2014 Did U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke cause the Ukraine crisis? "You can certainly say that Bernanke was at least the butterfly wings that precipitated the crisis," argues Ben...

Taper Trouble

By Benn Steil
- via Foreign Affairs    Jun 17, 2014

The International Consequences of Fed Policy June 16, 2014 Benn Steil Summary:  In today’s dollar-dominated financial system, changes in U.S. monetary policy can have immediate and significan...

The Rupee Dilemma

By Neil K. Shenai
- via Foreign Affairs    Apr 30, 2014

Detail of a ten rupee note. (Tehusagent / Flickr)

Is the United States Responsible for India's Economic Problems? April 30, 2014 Neil K. Shenai Summary:  India's economy is hampered by slow growth, a widening current account deficit, an...




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