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Smart Money: How High-Stakes Financial Innovation is Reshaping Our World¿For the Better

by Andrew Palmer

Six years after the financial crisis, investment bankers remain villains in the public mind. But as Economist editor Andrew Palmer reveals in Smart Money, this vilified industry is capable of doing great good...


Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions: Redefining Next Generation Economics

by Eve Poole

In Science, no-one believes the earth is flat any more. Economists, on the other hand, haven't budged from their original worldview. Market Capitalism depends on seven big ideas: competition, the 'invisible...


Frontier and Developing Asia:The Next Generation of Emerging Markets

by Alfred Schipke

Frontier economies are receiving increasing attention from policymakers, investors, and academics. Compared with other low-income countries they have experienced rapid growth over the last two decades, giving...


Republic of San Marino:2015 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of San Marin

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

Over the last half decade, San Marino’s economy has managed to weather the implosion of its offshore banking model, the global crisis, and Italy’s decision to put San Marino on a tax blacklist. Together,...


United States:Financial Sector Assessment Program-Detailed Assessment of Observance on the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision

by International Monetary Fund. Department

This paper discusses key findings of the Detailed Assessment of Observance of the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision (BCP) on the United States. The U.S. federal banking agencies have improved...


How Did Markets React to Stress Tests?

by Bertrand Candelon & Amadou N. R. Sy

We use event study methods to compare the market reaction to U.S. and EU-wide stress tests performed from 2009 to 2013. Typically, stress tests have a positive impact on stressed banks’ returns. While the...


God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

by Gerald Posner

A deeply reported, fast-paced exposé of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican—the world’s biggest, most powerful religious institution—from an acclaimed journalist...


Uncertainty and Investment:The Financial Intermediary Balance Sheet Channel

by Sophia Chen

Rollover risk imposes market discipline on banks’ risk-taking behavior but it can be socially costly. I present a two-sided model in which a bank simultaneously lends to a firm and borrows from the short-term...


Central Banking in Latin America:From the Gold Standard to the Golden Years

by Luis Ignacio Jácome

This paper provides a brief historical journey of central banking in Latin America to shed light on the debate about monetary policy in the post-global financial crisis period. The paper distinguishes three...


Handbook of High Frequency Trading

by Greg N. Gregoriou

This comprehensive examination of high frequency trading looks beyond mathematical models, which are the subject of most HFT books, to the mechanics of the marketplace. In 25 chapters, researchers probe the...


The Role of Bank Capital in Bank Holding Companies' Decisions

by Adolfo Barajas & Thomas F. Cosimano

This paper examines the role of bank capital in decision-making by bank holding companies (BHCs) in the United States. Following Chami and Cosimano’s (2001) call option approach to bank capital, BHCs optimally...


Inside the FDIC: Thirty Years of Bank Failures, Bailouts, and Regulatory Battles

by John F. Bovenzi

Witness how the FDIC manages your money during financial crises

Inside the FDIC tells the real stories behind bank failures and financial crises to provide a direct account of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...


Can Abenomics Succeed?:Overcoming the Legacy of Japan's Lost Decades

by Dennis P. J. Botman & Stephan Danninger

Japan’s revitalization plan, dubbed the “three arrows of Abenomics,” devises a three-pronged strategy—combining fiscal, monetary, and structural policies—to overcome that country's apparent inability...


Handbook of Income Distribution SET vols. 2A-2B

by Anthony B. Atkinson & François Bourguignon

What new theories, evidence, explanations, and policies have shaped our studies of income distribution in the 21st century?

Editors Tony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon assemble the expertise of leading authorities...


Can Islamic Banking Increase Financial Inclusion?

by Sami Ben Naceur & Adolfo Barajas

The paper analyses existing country-level information on the relationship between the development of Islamic banking and financial inclusion. In Muslim countries—members of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation...


Working the Street

by Erik Banks

Written by a former Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Working the Street is the resource for readers hoping to build a successful career on Wall Street. It is not a "how-to" career book or a job guide. It...


Ireland:Ex Post Evaluation of Exceptional Access Under the 2010 Extended Arrangement

by International Monetary Fund. Fina Dept.

This paper presents an Ex Post Evaluation of the 2010 Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement with Ireland. The Fund approved in December 2010 an exceptional access EFF arrangement for SDR 19.466 billion (2,321.8...


Does Supply or Demand Drive the Credit Cycle? Evidence from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe

by Greetje Everaert & Natasha Xingyuan Che

Countries in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) experienced a credit boom-bust cycle in the last decade. This paper analyzes the roles of demand and supply factors in explaining this credit cycle....


Asian Imperial Banking History

by Hubert Bonin, Nuno Valério & Kazuhiko Yago

When European powers annexed parts of Asia, banking systems were an important part of that process. The essays in this edited collection are based on original research using primary sources in English, French,...


Republic of Korea:Financial Sector Assessment Program-Stress Testing And Financial Stability Analysis-Technical Note

by International Monetary Fund. Department

The financial stability assessment under the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) for Korea was carried out in close collaboration with the authorities. The assessment included top- down (TD) and bottom-up...