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Central Banking: Theory and Practice in Sustaining Monetary and Financial Stability

by Thammarak Moenjak

Understand the theories and interpret the actions of modern central banks

Central Banking takes a comprehensive look at the topic of central banking, and provides readers with an understanding and insights into...


The Banker and the Bear

by Henry Kitchell Webster

A story of competing interests, personal achievement and ambition unfolding in one of the busy stock exchanges. The banker and a wealthy speculator, both had to overcome many obstacles on their way to success...


The Power of Mobile Banking: How to Profit from the Revolution in Retail Financial Services

by Sankar Krishnan

Today's tech-savvy consumers are demanding a more personal customer experience from their banks, and banks are discovering that mobile services deliver individualized, tailored experiences better than any other...


Conceptions of Professionalism: Meaningful Standards in Financial Planning

by Ken Bruce & Abdullahi D. Ahmed

In Conceptions of Professionalism, the authors present the results of research into understanding what professionalism means to those individuals who are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals and how...


Optimal Prudential Regulation of Banks and the Political Economy of Supervision

by Thierry Tressel & Thierry Verdier

We consider a moral hazard economy in banks and production to study how incentives for risk taking are affected by the quality of supervision. We show that low interest rates may generate excessive risk taking....


Switzerland: Financial Sector Stability Assessment

by International Monetary Fund. Department

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Switzerland’s financial sector is one of the largest in the world, especially relative to GDP. It is home to two of the largest banks, which are designated as globally systemically important...


Switzerland: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for Switzerland

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES The Swiss economy has regained momentum, but inflation remains close to zero. There has been no new foreign exchange intervention, but past safe haven inflows have not yet reversed despite improved...


Ireland: Detailed Assessment of Observance of Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision

by International Monetary Fund. Department

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


The Political and Economic Thought of the Young Keynes: Liberalism, Markets and Empire

by Carlo Cristiano

A century ago, John Maynard Keynes entered the Treasury to serve his country during the First World War, but as is well known, appalled by the terms of the end-of-war Treaty of Versailles, he abandoned the British...


People's Republic of China--Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Financial System Stability Assessment

by International Monetary Fund. Department

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Hong Kong SAR’s (HKSAR) financial sector is one of the largest and most developed in the world, ranking number one in the World Economic Forum Financial Development Index. The banking system,...


Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for the Islamic Rep

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context. Over the past decade, Afghanistan has made enormous progress in reconstruction, development and lifting per capita income. Security and political uncertainties, and weak institutions have...


Republic of Korea: Financial System Stability Assessment

by International Monetary Fund. Department

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Tunisia: Third Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement, Request for Modification of Performance Criteria and Waivers of Applicabi

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Context. On June 7, 2013, the Executive Board approved a 24-month SBA in an amount equivalent to 400 percent of quota (SDR 1.15 billion or about $1.75 billion). To date, SDR 427.92 equivalent...


Are Banks Really Lazy? Evidence from Middle East and North Africa

by Simon Gray & Philippe D Karam

We investigate whether low loan-to-deposit (LTD) ratios and high levels of reserve balances at the central bank (or holdings of government securities) are a reflection of policy-driven factors compared to commonly...


Smes' Access to Finance in the Euro Area: What Helps or Hampers?

by Mico Mrkaic & Bahar Öztürk

The monetary transmission mechanism in the euro area has been adversely affected by the recent crises. Using survey data on thousands of euro area firms, we study factors that affect the access to finance of...


Republic of Latvia: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context: Latvia’s economy continues to recover strongly as it joins the euro area. The output gap is now largely closed, and labor market conditions are tightening despite still high unemployment....


Bank Funding Costs for International Banks

by Rita Babihuga & Marco Spaltro

This paper investigates the determinants of bank funding costs for a sample of internationally active banks from 2001–12. We find that changes in banks’ unsecured funding costs are associated with bank-specific...


Republic of San Marino: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; And Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context: The global crisis and tense relations with Italy triggered a 30 percent GDP contraction since 2008 and a sea change in San Marino’s off-shore banking model. The banking system has undergone...


Global Liquidity and Drivers of Cross-Border Bank Flows

by Eugenio Cerutti & Stijn Claessens

This paper provides a definition of global liquidity consistent with its meaning as the “ease of financing” in international financial markets. Using a longer time series and broader sample of countries...


The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It

by Anat Admati & Martin Hellwig

The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. Many claim, however, that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth. The Bankers’...