With the financial turmoil all across economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa( popularly known as BRICS) remain the largest contributor in the world’s GDP i.e. 25% of global GDP and also 40% of the world’s population. With the recent meet in Durban, many contrast views have been expressed regarding to the aims and objectives of BRICS and whether it will be big as G7 by 2025 This article highlights a review on the same and its comparison to the Euro zone.Read More →

According to the BIS, “The choice of Switzerland for the seat of the BIS was a compromise by those countries that established the BIS: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. When consensus could not be reached on locating the Bank in London, Brussels or Amsterdam, the choice fell on Switzerland. An independent, neutral country, Switzerland offered the BIS less exposure to undue influence from any of the major powers. Within Switzerland, Basel was chosen largely because of its location, with excellent railway connections in all directions, especially important at a time when most international travel was by train.”Read More →

According to PwC’s report, UK will see a slip in its GDP’s ranking to 11th position in the world’s rankings. US, Japan, Germany, France and Italy has also been pushed down the league table but only UK and Italy lost out on the top ten slot. The same reports also predicted that China will soon overtake United States as the world’s largest economy in 2017. UK at present faces many issues that are being addressed but are they quick enough to make instant changes in the nation’s economy? Read More →

The year of 2012 saw one of the biggest scandals in the international banking industry that went unnoticed and was less talked about amidst the Euro Zone crisis. The reason this becomes big now and needs immediate attention is because it could be the beginning of a ‘Big Bank Scandal’. When banks start operating purely for profit purposes, then any sort of manipulation may yield to serious results where the customers face huge losses and a loss of investors’ confidence. Before digging deep in the scandal, it is important to know exactly what Libor is and how it is controlled. Libor is London Inter-bank OfferedRead More →

The suspense over whether Spain will seek a bailout is getting more clear as there are hints in the market that there could be a bailout deal. Madrid has successfully raised €4.6bn (£3.7bn) which is definitely oversubscribed and good news for Spain-a sign that investors are more confident the government can pay its bills.. The auction results yielded some good results and brought relief to the city that has been seeing some tough times. Nick Spiro of Spiro Sovereign Strategy, an analyst says that although investors are starting to lose patience with Spain, they don’t want to throw in the towel for fear of missing out onRead More →

The International Monetary Fund on Sunday strongly backed the European Central Bank’s plan to staunch the euro zone debt crisis with unlimited bond purchases, saying it was ready to get involved in designing and monitoring its implementation. The European Central Bank(ECB) announced its most promising plan on Thursday so as to ease the Euro-zone crisis and save its single currency.The ECB’s pledge of support came with fine prints : countries seeking help from the central bank to help with their borrowing costs must first ask the 17-nation euro-zone’s existing bailout funds to buy their bonds keeping the International Monetary Fund involved. The sovereign debt is moreRead More →

Last year in November,2011, Indian Banking industry had been downgraded by Standard  & Poor’s (S & P) from stable to negative. The US credit crunch and Euro Zone crisis have had a major role to play in the downfall of some of the other major economies in the world.When asked last year on the reaction of the downgrade, the government called it of  ‘no significance’ and said that the financial system was much healthier and stronger owing to country’s  strong lending system.This rank was looked through by Financial Services Secretary D.K. Mittal who said “We are not concerned. We are not affected by the downgrade. Looking atRead More →