The Great Debate UK

from Felix Salmon:

Why Lagarde will be the next IMF managing director

By Felix Salmon
May 16, 2011

It now seems more likely that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will end up in a prison cell than that he will be elected president of France. Either way, his career at the IMF is over, which means that the race to succeed him is on.

from Chrystia Freeland:

Even the IMF now agrees it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs

By Chrystia Freeland
March 7, 2011

Regular readers of Chrystia's column will remember that she recently called out the IMF for failing to foresee the destabilizing effects of rising youth unemployment in Egypt. Specifically, in its April 2010 Article IV assessment of Egypt, the IMF concluded the country's economy was in fact more resistant to external shocks thanks to "sustained and wide-ranging reforms." Well, it turns out that the IMF has evolved in its thinking.  In an exclusive interview today with Chrystia and Reuters IMF correspondent Lesley Wroughton, IMF First Managing Director John Lipsky announced that going forward the Fund will more heavily weight unemployment risks in its annual country assessments.  "We think that these are very important issues and need to be looked at, and again, not just in cases where it might result in political turmoil but just as a matter of course in examining economic developments and policies," Lipsky said.

Defining a post-crisis reputation for brand Ireland

By Guest Contributor
December 17, 2010

— John Keilthy is Managing Partner of ReputationInc Ireland and is a former business journalist and director and chief operating officer of NCB Group.  Andrew Hammond is a Director in ReputationInc’s London office and was formerly a UK Government Special Adviser. The opinions expressed are their own. —

The UK should not waste its fiscal crisis

By Hugo Dixon
April 7, 2010

hugodixon—  The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own  —

from Breakingviews:

Greek default should not be taboo topic

By Edward Hadas
April 6, 2010

Forget about Greece for a moment. Just think about country X, which has lived well beyond its means for years thanks to loans from inattentive or foolishly optimistic lenders. When the crunch comes, the X-people will have to cut back on spending. And the X-lenders will generally suffer from the famous rule of banking: "Can't pay, won't pay."

Greece and the mythology of the EU

April 6, 2010

Laurence_CopelandLaurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. –

from The Great Debate:

The global economy, films and natural disasters

October 6, 2009

gerard-lyons-- Dr. Gerard Lyons is chief economist and group head of global research at Standard Chartered Bank. The views expressed are his own. --

From three films to three natural events

from The Great Debate:

Don’t cry for the dollar, yet

September 18, 2009

agnes1-- Agnes T. Crane is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are her own --

It looks bad for the dollar, but looks can be deceiving.

Its sharp decline in the last week has pushed the euro to its highest level in a year and reignited fears that there's only one place for the dollar to go, and that's down.

Wrong, wrong and wrong again – a response to “Latvia: let the lat go”

July 31, 2009

morten-hansen1– Morten Hansen is a guest columnist, the views expressed are his own. He is head of the economics department at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga –

G8 signals end to dollar supremacy

July 3, 2009

john_kemp– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. –

Reports that China has asked for a discussion about reserve currencies at next week’s expanded Group of Eight summit in Italy has added to confusion about whether the country wants to dethrone the dollar from its status as the world’s sole reserve currency. But the very fact the issue has been pushed onto the agenda suggests that a fundamental shift is underway.