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The Fantasy World of Central Bank Interest Rates Has Set the Stage for the Second Wave of the Global Financial Crisis

Starting from February, deposits made with the Bank of Japan began to accrue negative interest. The interest rate at the Central Bank of Japan now stands at minus 0.1%. This is no longer seen as shocking. The central banks in developed countries began backing into the negative zone for passive operations several years ago...

Valentin KATASONOV | 10.02.2016


 

IMF Reform Effective: There Is Quite a Fight Ahead

The 2010 IMF quota and governance reforms took effect on January 26. Approved by the IMF's Board of Governors in 2010, they will double the IMF's quota and reallocate quota and voting shares. This will better reflect the changes in relative weights of the IMF member countries in the global economy...

Valentin KATASONOV | 02.02.2016


 

Why Has US Decided to Destroy IMF?

As we know, last December the International Monetary Fund – under pressure from its biggest shareholder, the United States – made a major change to the rules that govern its operations. From now on, the IMF can continue to work with countries that for one reason or another do not meet their obligations to the fund’s members (their official creditors)...

Valentin KATASONOV | 26.01.2016


 

Davos World Economic Forum 2016: Key Takeaways

The 46 th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos – a major annual world event – took place on January 20-22. The book The Fourth Industrial Revolution written by Swiss Professor Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, has seen light recently. Correspondingly, the theme of the 2016 Davos meeting was «Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution»...

Valentin KATASONOV | 24.01.2016


 

Ratings Surrealism as Form of Organized Crime

In late December 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the publication of its «Annual Report on Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations». The commission produces such reports every year, as required by the 2006 Credit Rating Agency Reform Act. In the industry these documents are simply known as rating agency reports. The SEC provides details on ten nationally recognized statistical rating organizations in the US, including the three market leaders – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, Moody’s Investors Service, and Fitch Ratings...

Valentin KATASONOV | 23.01.2016


 

Trade in Services Agreement: Element of Global Governance

In 2016, the strategic goal for US foreign policy will be to finish the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. According to media reports, the agreement will create a free-trade zone between the US and the European Union. Those countries are responsible for 60% of global GDP and 33% of global trade...

Valentin KATASONOV | 20.01.2016


 

Banking Cartel That Steers Oil Market

The start of the new year was accompanied by a record drop in indexes and prices in financial and commodity markets. The oil market also set new records. Between July 2014 and the end of 2015, the price of this energy resource dropped by 70 %. It looked like it had bottomed out, but then last week oil prices dropped more than 10% – the worst start to a new year in recorded history. More and more traders are inclined to think that prices could fall below $30 a barrel...

Valentin KATASONOV | 18.01.2016


 

International Finance: Legacy of 2015

Despite their varied nature, when viewed as a whole, the mechanisms at work in 2015 in international finance were so significant that they could alter the entire architecture of the global financial system in 2016. And it is unlikely that there is along period of transition ahead. Chances are that the global financial transformation will happen quickly and dramatically...

Valentin KATASONOV | 05.01.2016


 

Christine Lagarde Takes the Stage for the Last Time?

In recent years, the work of the International Monetary Fund has become a never-ending drama, directed by Washington, which is also known as «the main shareholder of the joint-stock company» known as the IMF. All the other shareholders, as well as the fund’s staffers, are assigned the role of actors in a play written by Uncle Sam...

Valentin KATASONOV | 30.12.2015


 

Ukraine’s Bankruptcy. Help from Abroad Won’t Come

On Dec. 18 the Ukrainian government officially announced its refusal to repay its $3 billion debt to Russia. Repayment was due Dec. 20. Kiev also refused to pay both the $75 million in interest on the debt, as well as the additional $507 million that two Ukrainian companies still owe to Russian banks (the Ukrainian government had promised to back those firms’ debts)...

Valentin KATASONOV | 28.12.2015




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Without Equal Security for All, Nuclear Disarmament Is Impossible

In a statement commemorating the fifth anniversary of the New START Treaty between the US and Russia last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry not only expressed hope that both sides would be able to implement the treaty within the specified time frame – by 5 February 2018 – but also renewed calls for Moscow to begin talks on the further reduction of their countries’ nuclear arsenals...

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