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Thursday, 18th April 2013

Global Financial Stability Assessment

Source: International Monetary Fund

From Press Release:

The global financial system is far more stable than it was six months ago, but a number of challenges remain. The International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report says that recent rallies in financial markets will not be sustained, and new risks are likely to emerge, unless policymakers address key vulnerabilities.

The report focuses on two persistent old risks, which are the legacy of the crisis.

In spite of the recent improvements in market conditions, credit is not adequately flowing in the euro area periphery.

• Small and medium-sized companies, which are the backbone of employment, are particularly affected by the increased cost and limited supply of bank credit.

• The periphery corporate sector is also facing a large debt overhang, which was built up before the crisis. The report identifies a weak tail of listed companies in the periphery that need to reduce their debt over time. The required debt reduction by these companies accounts for a fifth of the total debt of listed periphery corporates analyzed in the GFSR. This poses a challenge to their economies and financial stability.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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