- China Should Extend Home Purchase Restrictions: SIC
China's tightening measures in property, including higher down payments and stricter home purchasing restrictions, should be translated into a medium and long-termed policy that falls into five to ten years.
- An India-Pakistan Diplomatic Test Match
There have been indications of a gradual thaw. Senior officials from the ministries of commerce, defense, and foreign affairs will meet in the next two months followed by a meeting of the foreign ministers.
- A Modest Proposal for the G-20
The G-20 should adopt a modest proposal this year: a limited expansion of the International Monetary Fund’s current system of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).
- The Arab Young and Restless
If democracy is to take hold and flourish in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere in the Arab world, the new reform-minded governments must make the youth unemployment crisis their highest priority.
- Learning to Float
It is time for China to seriously consider allowing the renminbi to float freely, while reserving the right to intervene when it must, and tighten the management of cross-border capital flows.
- Chinese Banks Report Net Profits
Net profits for Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank grew 46 percent, 28 percent, 26.3 percent, and 45.10 percent respectively in 2010.
- Grameen vs. Bangladesh
The suggestion is that a vindictive prime minister is playing politics in punishing the saintly Yunus, the man who pioneered microfinance, for having threatened to enter politics.