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“Why do financial institutions and investors see so little risk, while companies investing in the real economy see so much risk?” This is perhaps the most important question facing policy makers today. This paper sets out some of the possible hypotheses for lack of investment in the world economy. It uses data drawn from 10 000 global companies in 75 advanced and emerging countries.
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The infrastructure financing market has gone through a process of radical transformation starting from the mid-2000s. This article provides an overview of international trends in infrastructure finance. It proposes a map of the different investment channels that private investors can use to access the infrastructure investment on the equity and debt side, highlighting the historical evolution of these segments in the past few years.
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This article summarises discussions from an OECD Financial Roundtable on reducing bank dependence in financing small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and non-bank debt financing alternatives.
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".
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....
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.
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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.
La perte de confiance du public vis-à-vis des secteurs bancaire et financier est justifiée. La confiance ne sera rétablie que si les questions d’aléa moral et de conflits d’intérêts sont traitées. Des réformes s’imposent pour que les banques et les banquiers – et non les contribuables – paient le prix de leurs échecs et soient tenus pleinement responsables de leurs actes.
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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.
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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.