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The Theory of Money and Credit

by Ludwig Von Mises

This must-read classic on currency and credit covers the three areas of key interest--the nature of money, the value of money, and money and banking. Economist and philosopher, Ludwig von Mises presents his...


The Case Against the Fed

by Murray N. Rothbard

The Case Against the Fed takes a critical look at the United States Federal Reserve and central banks in general. It details the history of reserve banking and the influence that bankers have had on monetary...


People's Republic of China-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:Financial Sector Assessment Program-Stress Testing the Banking Sector-Technical Not

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...


Oversight Issues in Mobile Payments

by Tanai Khiaonarong

This paper examines oversight issues that underlie the potential growth and risks in mobile payments. International experience suggests that financial authorities can develop effective oversight frameworks for...


People's Republic of China-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:Financial Sector Assessment Program-Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Sup

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...


Paraguay: Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

The Paraguayan banking system compares relatively well with other Latin American banking systems. Banks are well capitalized, have ample access to deposit funding sources, and are profitable. Most importantly,...


Banking: The Root Cause of the Injustices of Our Time

by Abdalhalim Orr & Abdassamad Clarke

The original 1987 Norwich seminar Usury: The Root Cause of the Injustices of Our Time, whose proceedings form the core of this work, had an extraordinary effect. After the endless analyses and altercations of...


People's Republic of China-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Financial Sector Assessment Program-Crisis Management and Bank Resolution Framewor

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...


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

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

KEY ISSUES Background. Panama’s economic performance remains buoyant. Real GDP growth slowed to 8.4 percent in 2013, after the strong expansion in 2011–12, and is projected at above 7 percent in 2014. Inflation...


Republic of Azerbaijan: Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

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...


Republic of Moldova:2014 Article IV Consultation and First Post-Program Monitoring Discussions-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Execu

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

This paper focuses on Moldova’s 2014 Article IV Consultation and First Post-Program Monitoring Discussions. Moldova largely achieved the main objectives of the economic program supported by a combined Extended...


Bank Risk Within and Across Equilibria

by Itai Agur

The global financial crisis highlighted that the financial system can be most vulnerable when it seems most stable. This paper models non-linear dynamics in banking. Small shocks can lead from an equilibrium...


Algeria: Financial System Stability Assessment

by International Monetary Fund. Department

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The global crisis has had virtually no impact on Algeria’s financial system, which remains stable overall but thoroughly underdeveloped. Pervasive exchange controls, widespread public ownership,...


Deposit Insurance Database

by Asli Demirgüç-Kunt & Edward Kane

This paper provides a comprehensive, global database of deposit insurance arrangements as of 2013. We extend our earlier dataset by including recent adopters of deposit insurance and information on the use of...


Collectible Investments for the High Net Worth Investor

by Stephen Satchell

Many high net worth individuals are interested in diversifying their portfolios and investing in collectibles. A collectible is any physical asset that appreciates in value over time because it is rare or desired...


Economic Capital: How It Works, and What Every Manager Needs to Know

by Pieter Klaassen & van Eeghen, Idzard

Managers can deploy and manage economic capital more effectively when they understand how their decisions add value to their organizations. Economic Capital: How It Works and What Every Manager Needs to Know...


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...


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...