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15-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Russia 2009: Making the banking sector more efficient and resilient

Despite improvements, the banking system remains underdeveloped and crisis-prone. The current crisis, albeit painful, may yield restructuring and new regulatory approaches that will be positive in the long run.

15-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Russia 2009: Making exchange rate policy more flexible and monetary policy more effective

Russia should aim for a gradual switch from a quasi-fixed exchange rate policy to inflation targeting. Not all conditions for adopting inflation targeting are yet in place, but preparations should be accelerated.

8-July-2009

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Private Pensions and Policy Responses to the Financial and Economic Crisis

This article discusses responses to current financial and economic crisis by regulators, supervisors and policy makers in the area of private pensions. These responses are examined in the light of international guidelines, best practices and recommendations to improve the design of private pensions. Policy makers are reminded that private pensions continue to play an important role in a balanced pension system, with security coming

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8-July-2009

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The Turmoil and the Financial Industry: Developments and Policy Responses

The situation in financial markets deteriorated over the past year, but government actions have helped to avert an even bigger crisis. While some signs of recovery are on the horizon, the banking sectors in many countries are not yet on solid footing. Recent government programmes that deal with banks’ ‘toxic assets’ are welcome in this regard. But further reaching financial sector reforms such as those recently endorsed by the G20

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2-July-2009

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Economic Survey of Austria 2009: Facing the financial crisis

Austria entered the most severe recession in decades. This triggered prompt policy measures to stabilise the real economy and financial markets, which will deteriorate significantly the fiscal position.

29-June-2009

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Economic Survey of the United Kingdom 2009: Policies to overcome the crisis

The United Kingdom, like many OECD economies, is experiencing a severe recession as a consequence of a series of global shocks and any recovery in 2010 is likely to be slow. The financial crisis has severely impaired the supply of credit and house prices have fallen sharply. Unemployment is expected to increase significantly. The large rise in the government deficit is providing support to demand, but the debt-to-GDP ratio will

29-June-2009

English

Economic Survey of the United Kingdom 2009: Financial stability: banking on prudence

The UK financial market has been severely affected by the financial market crisis. The crisis has exposed weaknesses in the supervisory framework as well as that for crisis management and resolution. This chapter reviews the supervisory and regulatory framework and the many reforms that have already been adopted to remedy these weaknesses. It also provides recommendations for further reforms.

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25-June-2009

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The Role of Stock Exchanges in Corporate Governance

Historically, the main direct contribution of exchanges to corporate governance has been listing and disclosure standards and monitoring compliance. Stock exchanges have established themselves as promoters of corporate governance recommendations for listed companies. Demutualisation and the subsequent self-listing of exchanges have spurred debate on the role of exchanges. Regulators have been concerned about conflicts of interest

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23-June-2009

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Evaluating Risk Sharing in Private Pension Plans

The principal purpose of this article is to analyse the trade-off between the (un)certainty in contributions on the one hand and benefits on the other that is embedded in different pension arrangements. The article employs the funding ratio (ratio of assets to liabilities) and the replacement rate (ratio of benefits to salaries) as key criteria for evaluating the risk sharing characteristics of a private pension plan from the

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23-June-2009

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Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection: Overlooked Aspects of the Crisis

This book proposes policy actions related to the protection and awareness of financial consumers in light of the financial crisis, especially through the Recommendation on Good Practices on Financial Education and Awareness Relating to Credit.

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