Vietnam is a bad example to newly emerging markets

October 1, 2012

The Southeast Asian nation has gone from budding Asian tiger to near-basket case. The global economic slowdown and local corruption are both to blame. Vietnam needs to reboot its banks and foreign investment plans if it’s to offer any positive lessons for the likes of Myanmar.

Moody’s downgrade is good news for France

By Pierre Briancon
November 20, 2012

The U.S. ratings agency has followed S&P in stripping France of its AAA status. The arguments are well known, and markets yawned. But the move will add to the pressure to plough ahead with reforms. It could even help François Hollande convince the French there’s no time to lose.

Moody’s shaming brings UK gain in currency war

February 25, 2013

The loss of triple-A is humiliating, but that’s now history. The lingering effect of Moody’s action is a weaker pound, and that should serve to stimulate exports, GDP growth and inflation. If so, there’s less risk of unlimited BoE money printing when Mark Carney takes charge.