Global Debt

Small Bank Debt Warnings Flash in China

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Non-performing loans are a lot higher in Henan province than the official national statistics would have us believe.

China Debt: Qinghai SOE Is First Offshore Default in 20 Years

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The default of a state-owned provincial investment vehicle reflects a changing paradigm in China’s debt markets. But how long will the authorities remain on the sidelines?

FLASH: IMF’s Post-2009 Financial Crisis Regulatory Report Card

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26JAN13 - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC; World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member is seen during the Session 'The Global Economic Outlook' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2013. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo Moritz Hager, The Global Economic Outlook: Christine Lagarde, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christine_Lagarde_World_Economic_Forum_2013.jpg

The IMF’s latest report warns that the global financial system hasn’t yet fully learned the lessons of 2009.

The Turkey Contagion Threat

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Tracking the global market reaction to Turkey’s currency crisis with one overriding question in mind: How big is the contagion threat?

Is Kenya Falling into the China Debt Trap?

KENYA, Mombasa: Photograph taken by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) 31 July shows officials walking inside Mombasa Port on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. MANDATORY CREDIT: MEAACT PHOTO / STUART PRICE. , modified

A spike in bilateral and commercial lending have some worried that Kenya may go the route of Sri Lanka and cede a geopolitical asset to China over unpayable debts.

Argentina’s Finances Are Hamstringing Its International Role (Again)

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In spite of its geopolitical gifts, financial crisis may once again be thwarting Argentina’s regional ambitions.

FLASH: BIS Warns on China, Canada, and Hong Kong Economies

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The Bank of International Settlements has warned of unsustainable debt growth in China, Canada, and Hong Kong.

IMF Warns on China’s Financial System (Again)

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The International Monetary Fund is still worried about debt levels in China’s financial system.

Russian Debt Restructuring Keeps Venezuelan Government Afloat

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Moscow has thrown Venezuela a financial lifeline, but is it merely delaying the inevitable default?

Default Looms for Argentina

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The people of Argentina are facing their second debt default in just 13 years, but there’s reason to believe that this one won’t be as economically painful as the last.

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