Economy

Economy
Friday, October 10th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Flurry of meetings to calm markets and unfreeze credit

Finance ministers from leading industrialised nations have pledged action to tackle the financial crisis after a torrid week on stock markets. The G7 nations said they would take “decisive action and use all available tools”, after a meeting in Washington.

They issued a five-point plan aimed at unfreezing the flow of credit.

Friday, October 10th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

G-7: situation calls for “urgent and exceptional action”

The Group of Seven finance ministers and central governors released on Friday, following their meeting in Washington, the following plan of action to address financial disruptions

Thursday, October 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Brazil/US convene special meeting with emerging economies

CEO of G20 Minister Guido Mantega call a special summit next saturday

Following on a joint initiative from United States and Brazil the Group of 20, or G-20, will be holding an extraordinary meeting next Saturday in Washington to address the current financial global crisis and its impact on emerging economies.

Thursday, October 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

US spiraling debt clock in Times Square runs out of digits

The National Debt Clock in NY

United States government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiraling figure.

Thursday, October 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Latam pumps billions to ensure liquidity and prop currencies

Latin-American countries moved quickly this week to face the global financial crisis and came out with a battery of measures pumping billions of US dollars to try and contain the threat of recession.

Thursday, October 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

IMF ready for the rescue with seven recommendations

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has activated an emergency finance mechanism to help countries hit by the financial crisis. IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan said the lending procedure would allow the IMF to react quickly to support countries facing funding problems.

Wednesday, October 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Lack of credit is forcing US car dealerships to close

The financial crisis is hurting automotive dealers across United States and could contribute to an estimated 700 dealerships closing this year, the US National Automobile Dealers Association Chairwoman Annette Sykora said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Latam markets plunge and growth forecasts downgraded

Latinamerican markets finished sharply lower on Tuesday under pressure from the slide on Wall Street, falling commodity prices and uncertainty about the future. Growth forecasts have also been downgraded.

Wednesday, October 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Great Britain announces bank rescue plan

 £50 billion bank rescue package

The British government has announced plans to partially nationalise the country's major banks, in a package using up to £50bn ($87.5bn) of taxpayers' money.

Wednesday, October 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

US dollar soars in Chile and closes trading at 612 pesos

With no end in sight for the global financial and confidence crisis, plus the price of commodities falling, the US dollar is breaking new records in Chile having closed trading on Wednesday at 612 Chilean pesos.

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