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Bank For International Settlements Warns Of Looming Debt Bubble

by Kenneth Rapoza

11 February 2017

Global debt-to-GDP is now at a comfortable record high and the Bank for International Settlements, aka the central bank of central banks, noted on Friday that over the last 16 years, debts of governments, households and corporations has gone up...everywhere.

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Greece’s debt costs rise sharply as worries grow over IMF role

by Katie Allen and Graeme Wearden

8 February 2017

Fresh worries over Greece’s debts have pushed the country’s borrowing costs sharply higher amid renewed insistence from Athens it will not swallow further austerity demands from international lenders.

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USA: Students´ debts are surpassing $1.3 trillion

by Libby Kane

18 January 2016

In the background of growing hurdles for young generations to find good jobs with higher incomes to make feasible repayments, gigantic growth of students´s debts has become a key political issue

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ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES REPORT

by Global Financial Integrity

26 December 2015

This report, the latest in a series of annual reports by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), provides
estimates of the illicit flow of money out of the developing world-hereafter referred to as illicit
financial flows (IFFs) or illicit outflows-from 2004 to 2013, the most recent ten years for which data
are available

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US Supreme Court Declines to Review Widely Opposed Ruling on Argentine Debt: Why?

by Mark Weisbrot

23 June 2014

Last week, the United States Supreme Court decided not to review a ruling in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals whose effect is that Argentina must pay “holdout” creditors who refused to participate in debt restructuring agreements that Argentina reached with the majority of bondholders following the 2001 default on its sovereign debt.

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The Swiss Connection: The Role of Switzerland in Shell’s Corporate Structure and Tax Planning

by Eurodad

1 June 2014

A new report by Eurodad member SOMO (http://somo.nl) and Friends of the Earth Europe, entitled “The Swiss Connection”, sheds light on the role of Switzerland in Shell’s tax planning. The report concludes that Shell uses Switzerland mainly for ‘tax planning purposes’. Shell’s presence in Switzerland potentially allows the company to avoid paying a significant amount of taxes where its actual economic activities take place, including in developing countries

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Derivatives market continues to rise

by Kanaga Raja

19 May 2014

The outstanding notional amount of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives totalled $710 trillion at the end of 2013, an increase from $693 trillion at end-June 2013 and $633 trillion at end-2012, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.

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ICELAND: Replacing the neoliberal model with a sustainable model

by Lilja Mósesdóttirheld

21 April 2014

Presentation held at the conference: „TOGETHER we can put an end to the problems of debt and austerity in Europe !” by the European Left, April, 10th, 2014, Brussels

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Stagnating economy, thriving finance

by Costas Lapavitsas

21 April 2014

The real issue, however, is whether mature economies are in long-term stagnation and not merely performing poorly after the crisis. Long-term stagnation is a very serious problem as incomes suffer, employment becomes weak, welfare declines, economic instability is exacerbated, and social tensions rise.

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Year 2 of the Tunisian revolution: Private profit vs public interest

by l’Observatoire tunisien de l’économie

3 July 2013

The ongoing blackmail and the pressure by the international financial institutions are weakening the process of democratic transition, even though the IFIs officially support it. They are pushing the Tunisian government into adopting arbitrary, non-transparent and dictatorial practices

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The systemic crisis of the euro - true causes and effective therapies

by Heiner Flassbeck - Costas Lapavitsas

28 June 2013

What has gone wrong? Are the diagnoses commonly offered valid? Why do the medicines that have been prescribed not work? Could it really be possible that European politics at the highest level fails to understand the cause of the crisis and to address it with a consistent plan?

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How the Banks Do It

by Donald Mackenzie

2 May 2013

The insurance that taxpayers provide to banks has the effect of making it seem to bankers that it is much cheaper for them to take on debt to fund their assets than to raise cash from shareholders, for example by issuing new shares.

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