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27-August-2014

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Freedom of choice, bitcoins and legal tender

This blog post by Adrian Blundell-Wignall builds on a working paper he published earlier this year titled "The Bitcoin Question: Currency versus Trust-less Transfer Technology".

31-March-2014

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Trust and the Wealth of Nations

In the 17th arrondissement of Paris you can walk past a bust of the 19-20th century French writer, Tristan Bernard. It carries a maxim that always makes me smile, roughly translated: Only trust yourself and then not very much. ("Ne compter que sur soi-même et encore pas beaucoup. ") It is simple, but invites reflection on the staggering level of trust that each of us invests in countless fellow humans.

8-January-2014

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Partnership for Climate Finance and Development

Background information on the Partnership on Climate Finance and Development, including details on the national, regional and global networks and activities.

10-September-2013

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Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness

What’s the most depressing book you’ve ever read? I sniggered at Jude the Obscure until I got bored, and I felt that the eponymous little twerp in The Sorrows of Young Werther was lucky his girlfriend didn’t blow his brains out for him. So imagine my surprise to find a book published by the OECD of all people that touched me deeply....

4-September-2013

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OECD and the G20

The Russian Federation has placed the challenge of finding a path to sustainable, balanced and job-rich growth at the heart of its G20 presidency. Here's how the OECD is contributing.

10-May-2013

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Bank lending puzzles: Business models and the responsiveness to policy

Lending by banks is failing to support economic recovery, despite unprecedented low interest rates and policies to compress the term premium. This study explores the business activities of banks, with a special focus on their lending behaviour and its responsiveness to unconventional monetary policy.

3-May-2013

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Fixing finance

There are good reasons why the public has lost confidence in banking and finance. Two issues in particular must be addressed before it can be restored– moral hazard and conflict of interest. Reforms should ensure that banks and bankers–not taxpayers–pay the price of failure and are held fully accountable for their actions.

27-March-2013

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Banking in a challenging environment: Business models, ethics and approaches towards risks

This article summarises discussions from a financial roundtable addressing concerns about structural flaws in the way banks operate and are being regulated and supervised in the wake of on-going banking sector problems involving financial fraud and banking scandals.

27-March-2013

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The future of the Asian economic and financial community

This article by OECD Deputy Secretary-General Rintaro Tamaki focuses on three issues that will be important in shaping the future of the Asian economic and financial community: trade, funding long-term investment and strengthened regional financial co-operation.

21-March-2013

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Cyprus: Further compressing the coiled spring

Adrian Blundell-Wignall blogs about the policy mistakes and failure of collective responsibility that led to the Cyprus crisis and proposes alternatives to the myopic, badly conceived plan proposed by the Troika.

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