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South Korea tries to curb household debt and avert a crisis

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Either way, Korea’s debt level alarms officials here because it mirrors the pre-crisis levels of major economies bound for trouble. In 2007, for instance, U.S. household debt stood at roughly 140 percent of disposable income, according to the International Monetary Fund. (It’s now down to 120.) In Spain the pre-crisis ratio topped out at about 130 percent, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.

The Japanese debt-to-disposable income rate is around 120 percent, according to the IMF. In China, the number stood at 17 percent in 2010, according to Forbes, largely because few families take out mortgage loans.

It's the economy...Even in Afghanistan

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Americans are not alone in worrying that their economic futures are headed in the wrong direction. Afghans, too, fear that the next several years will bring a business tailspin that will see recent gains eked out by small and medium companies dissolve amid security woes and a sharp pullback in international largesse and, of course, foreign forces.

European Central Bank Monthly Bulletin

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ecb-bullettin.png Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 6 June to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged.

China’s Expanding Core

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TOKYO – China is now engaged in bitter disputes with the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, both located far beyond China’s 200-mile-wide territorial waters in the South China Sea. Indeed, so expansive are China’s claims nowadays that many Asians are wondering what will satisfy China’s desire to secure its “core interests.” Are there no limits, or does today’s China conceive of itself as a restored Middle Kingdom, to whom the entire world must kowtow?

How Sanctions Affect Iran’s Economy

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Iran is set for a second round of talks with international negotiators in Baghdad on May 23 on its nuclear program. Some experts and U.S. officials believe that recently imposed sanctions on the country's financial and oil industries are taking an economic toll and encouraging Iran to negotiate.

The Death of Inflation Targeting

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CAMBRIDGE – It is with regret that we announce the death of inflation targeting. The monetary-policy regime, known as IT to friends, evidently passed away in September 2008. The lack of an official announcement until now attests to the esteem in which it was held, its usefulness as an ornament of credibility for central banks, and fears that there might be no good candidates to succeed it as the preferred anchor for monetary policy.

European Central Bank Monthly Bulletin

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ecb-bullettin.png Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 3 May 2012 to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged.

A Crisis in Full Flight

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MUNICH – For a while, it looked as if the European Central Bank’s €1 trillion credit program to pump liquidity into Europe’s banking system had calmed global financial markets. But now interest rates for Italian and Spanish government bonds are on the rise again, closing in on about 6%.

European Central Bank Monthly Bulletin

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ecb-bullettin.png Based on its regular economic and monetary analyses, the Governing Council decided at its meeting on 4 April 2012 to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged.

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