Archive for February 18th, 2011

Questions and answers on rising food prices

February 18, 2011

Valerie Guarnieri, WFP’s head of Programme answers 10 questions on rising food prices.

Hassan Zaman, Lead Economist of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Equity Group, also does a Q&A on the food prices crisis.

HDFC debt fund for cancer cure — mixing finance with philanthrophy

February 18, 2011

HDFC Mutual Fund, mutual fund company of HDFC fund has launched an interesting mutual fund product – HDFC debt fund for cancer cure. The product mixes finance/mutual fund management with philanthropy.

The scheme idea is:

(more…)

How Swiss National Bank provided liquidity in this crisis?

February 18, 2011

Raphael Auer and Sébastien Kraenzlin of Swiss National Bank have this paper on the topic.In this, the authors look at how SNB’s liquidity facilities differed and helped in the crisis.

Unlike most central banks, even before the crisis SNB allowed foreign banks to borrow Swiss Frank (CHF) liquidity via its Repo system. Hence, in the crisis this facility helped. As CHF is used by many banks outside Swiss especially in Europe, there was a concern for CHF funds at the height of the crisis .

There were three broad strategies used by SNB:

(more…)

UK starts with its Financial Policy Committee

February 18, 2011

The Government and the Bank of England kickstarted (Govt. press release BoE press release) its innovative proposal of having a Financial Policy Committee along with MPC.  It is so far an interim FPC and will soon become a constitutional authority as well.  

(more…)

Kauffman Foundation’s leading economics bloggers survey- Q1 2011

February 18, 2011

Kaufman foundation released (pdf) the survey of leading economics bloggers. (Disclaimer: This blog is a participant in this survey)

The bloggers are more hopeful compared to previous survey:

(more…)

Indian Economy – Fortnightly Update

February 18, 2011

The latest edition is here. Following topics are covered:

  • WPI Inflation for Jan-11
  • IIP for Dec-10
  • Exports for Dec-10
  • CSO’s advance estimates for FY 2010-11

Comments/suggestions are always welcome


%d bloggers like this: