Recovery has lost steam and risks remain high, IMF warns

IMF's latest financial stability report strikes a cautionary note about the stalled economic recovery

The European sovereign debt crisis and continuing uncertainty surrounding the US housing market have set back progress towards financial stability and improvements in credit risk, according to the International Monetary Fund.

In its semi-annual Global Financial Stability Report, published on October 5, the IMF warned the outlook for financial stability is subject to considerable downside risk, tail risks remain elevated and bank balance sheets need to be further bolstered to deal with the

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ESRB narrows its macro-prudential tools

The European Systemic Risk Board is about to announce a slimmed-down list of potential macro-prudential tools, but who has the power to use them is still the subject of debate. By Michael Watt

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