G20 to stick with stimulus

Finance ministers and central bankers meeting in London agreed fiscal and monetary policy would stay “expansionary” until recovery from the worst financial crisis since World War II was certain, a draft of their joint statement seen by Reuters showed. “We will continue to implement decisively our necessary financial support measures and expansionary monetary and fiscal policies consistent with price stability and long-term fiscal sustainability until a recovery is firmly secured,” the draft said.

Cap on bonuses
But the ministers could not agree on putting an actual cap on bonuses as had been advocated by some countries and leading charities.
Instead, they agreed to create a global structure for imposing tighter controls on pay at financial institutions to discourage bankers from making the kind of risky bets that started the crisis back in August 2007.

The compromise was that the Financial Stability Board, a global regulatory council headed by Bank of Italy chief Mario Draghi, would study caps and the whole issue of pay further.
The draft showed agreement that emerging nations like India and China should have a greater say in the running of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

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