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Is there a reason why the Saudis shifted away from the dollar?

The US dollar’s dominance is in decline as Russia and Saudi Arabia eye the Chinese yuan for oil trades, and investors may need to begin to revise their long-term investment strategies, warns the CEO ...
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Why can't the UK water companies go bankrupt?

There is a New Statesman podcast that gives an answer to the question in the title. Why, instead of the tax payer taking on the ~£16 billion that the owners have saddled Thames Water with, are they ...
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Is Trump the first politician to have their own meme stock? [closed]

CNN says that Truth Social (stock) is essentially a meme stock associated with Trump. Is Trump the first politician to capitalize on their fame to sell a meme stock? (N.B. The stock's ticker is DJT--...
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Is there any Western country that suspended share borrowing to curb short-selling?

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Feb 6 (Reuters) - China's securities regulator said on Tuesday it would suspend brokerages from borrowing shares for lending and cap the size of the so-called securities re-lending ...
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Which is the first government to have monetized government debt in order to fund government debt without paying a high interest rate?

So, how has Japan managed to sustain itself in the face of such mounting debt? The answer lies in a clever strategy employed by the Japanese government. They use a scheme of monetizing government debt,...
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What happens to the national debt if a country breaks apart? [duplicate]

How does the debt get split up when a country breaks up? If, for example, Quebec were to separate from Canada, Quebec would probaly argue that it has no obligation to repay the debts to the Canadian ...
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How much revenues does the U.S. collect from foreign loans (2022 or 2023)?

Other holders of U.S. national debt include U.S. banks and investors, state and local governments, mutual funds, pension funds, insurance companies, and investors in savings bonds. Various agencies ...
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How does the common framework of the Paris Club ignore the goals of the Chinese and what does China seek to achieve in poor countries?

Another potential explanation is that Westerners designed the rules of the talks—called the common framework—without accounting for Chinese practices and goals, said Alexandra Zeitz, an assistant ...
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Hamas' military spending

How much does Hamas spend (or used to spend) on its military activities: rockets, arms, tunnels, bunkers, fighters training, etc.? It is reported that Hamas annual budget is about $2 billion, and that ...
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Has UK common budget or every country has its own?

How financial system works in UK? Must England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland, fill the common budget or every country is completely independent, "keep" his money/profit for itself? Does ...
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Can the UN charge/"fine" Mali for equipment lost due to movement restrictions imposed by the Mali junta?

Reuters: The U.N. has acknowledged difficulties with its departure. MINUSMA said in statements that it has been forced to destroy equipment including vehicles, ammunition and generators that its ...
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How does the government benefit from having people put their money into stocks instead of savings account?

Roughly 20 years after the Japanese government first put up the banner of "from savings to investments," young people are showing a keen interest in investments, probably out of concern for ...
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Is there a way to measure systemic risk in a country, and if so which countries have the highest level of systemic risk?

The risk of counterparty default or counterparty credit risk rises to the level of systemic risk in three scenarios. First, systemic risk arises when the failure of a market participant with a robust ...
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Is fiscal responsibility more difficult to practice in China since most of the spending is done by local governments? [closed]

Local government debt reached 92 trillion yuan ($12.8 trillion), or 76% of economic output in 2022, up from 62.2% in 2019. Part of it is debt issued by local government finance vehicles (LGFVs), which ...
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What are the challenges for multilateral lender to increase the share of funding in local currencies?

New Development Bank, the multilateral lender founded by the BRICS group of emerging-market countries, aims to increase the share of funding it raises in local currencies to 30% from less than 20%, ...
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Does Japan have any reason to ever repay its debt?

https://fortune.com/2015/02/26/japan-economic-time-bomb/ Takatoshi Ito, an economist at Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, argued at a panel discussion on Monday that unless the ...
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How is China's municipal debt problem different from that of the U.S.?

https://www.reuters.com/markets/asia/china-can-no-longer-extend-pretend-municipal-debt-2023-08-06/ Most economists expect Beijing to instruct state-owned banks to keep rolling over maturing debt with ...
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How do you measure debt sustainability (private and public)?

How do you measure debt sustainability (private and public)? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_government_debt China has a lot public debt to gdp ratio. China’s debt is more than 250 ...
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Why does China consider capital control necessary for an independent, sovereign monetary policy?

https://www.businessinsider.in/policy/economy/news/3-reasons-why-even-china-doesnt-want-the-yuan-to-replace-the-dollar-as-the-worlds-reserve-currency/articleshow/100578664.cms Even though China ...
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How is capital investment supposed to happen in an economy of workers co-ops?

Socialists have proposed that capitalist companies (organisations owned and controlled by shareholders) should be replaced by co-operatives (organisations owned and controlled by their workers). Where ...
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Which pro-Assad forces use crypto as funding? [closed]

Are there any Pro-Assad forces or militias affiliated with the Assad government that use cryptocurrencies to finance their operations? During my research on the Ukrainian war there are people on both ...
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Was Silicon Valley Bank's failure due to "Trump-era deregulation", and/or do Democrats share blame for it?

In CNN's March 13 2023 State of the Union clip Expert advises all depositors to get their money out of collapsed bank after 05:58, CNN's Kaitlan Collins introduces US Senator Elizabeth Warren's tweet: ...
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Why is the ongoing auction for Silicon Valley Bank started held privately (vs. publicly)?

I read on Regulators Hold Auction for Silicon Valley Bank (The Wall Street Journal): Treasury officials confirmed the auction to lawmakers and staff on a call Sunday afternoon, according to people ...
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Is there a way to determine if a country engages in debt-trap diplomacy?

Is there a way to determine if a country engages in debt-trap diplomacy? There are people accusing China in engaging in debt-trap diplomacy, but China keeps renegotiating and cancelling debt while it ...
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What do countries do to ensure that R&D budget for science or technology in general coming from the government is spent effectively?

What do countries do to ensure that R&D budget for science or technology in general coming from the government is spent effectively? Often countries give a 1+ billion stimulus package for R&D ...
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How would Kwarteng's proposed bonus cap removal work?

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng has been reported to be considering removing the cap on bankers' bonuses as "a way of making London a more attractive place for global banks to do ...
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Are Chief Ministers in India entitled to different pension cycles even when their terms are repeating their tenure?

Recently, the Chief Minister of Bihar, India, Mr Nitish Kumar changed the alliance partners and formed a government with the support from a different political party. He'll continue to remain as CM ...
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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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What fraction of Davos participants are billionaires (and not corporations or political leaders) and who decides which ones can go?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's May 21, 2022 Crypto Celebs Silent As Market Melts Down | Billionaires Get Ready To Trip At Davos cites Business Insider's August 27, 2020 (updated) Davos 2021 is ...
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Who is in control of SWIFT sanctions?

After the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine in 2022, several Russian banks were banned from using SWIFT. According to Wikipedia, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (...
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Are Goldman and JPMorgan breaking the rules of current sanctions by buying Russia's cheap corporate debt?

I just saw in Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-03/wall-street-is-already-pouncing-on-russia-s-cheap-corporate-debt that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. ...
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How does Dubai get its money?

I have seen many claims that Dubai has no income tax. Yet, since the Government of Dubai clearly does spend lots of money, how does money flow to the Government of Dubai?
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What kind of sensitive data would a China ride-hailing company leak or disclose?

From a December 2021 media report ... Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings... Backstory: ...
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Why didn't the United States and other developed countries criticize the Cayman Islands for allowing tax evasion?

Though the Cayman Islands is involved in no major international disputes, they have come under some criticism due to the use of their territory for narcotics trafficking and money laundering. In an ...
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What are the advantages of a nation allowing one of its states to default on its debt?

Some Federations like the U.S.A. do not permit one of their states to file for bankruptcy. My question is why do some countries allow for one of their states to default on its debt, and what might be ...
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Why do some African countries use the CFA franc even if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies?

Why do some African countries use the CFA franc even if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies? Strictly speaking, the CFA franc is the name given ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. ban or regulate cryptocurrency to stop it being used by other countries to evade U.S. sanctions?

Why doesn't the U.S. outlaw or strictly regulate cryptocurrency to prevent it from being used by other countries to evade U.S. sanctions? Is there a rationale behind this? Is there a concern about the ...
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Why are US student loans nearly impossible to remove via bankruptcy?

In the United States it is very hard to get rid of student loans. They cannot be discharged in bankruptcy except for under extenuating circumstances. I find that bizarre given how people are ...
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Why was President Troare of Mali 'furious' at the arrest of the Ivoirian Minister of Planning for embezzling funds?

In 1984, Thomas Sankara, a military officer, revolutionary activist and President of Burkina Faso, was elected as the President of CEAO, the Economic Community of West Africa. Under his administration ...
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To what extent are financial services in this last Brexit deal (trade agreement)?

I've read two somewhat conflicting accounts from the BBC on this. On one hand: [Boris Johnson] acknowledged he had been forced to give ground on his demands on fishing. "The EU began with I ...
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Channel Islands Equivalence in Financial Services

The Channel Islands are not 'in' the EU Single Market, but have a close relationship with it; this is particularly true in Financial Services, where they have a wide-ranging Equivalence agreement. ...
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How many financial centres are to be created in the EU?

In the The Financial Times article UBS chairman Axel Weber assesed that the division of Europe is a massive benefit to the City of London because if Europe were united the impact ... of Brexit would ...
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Why is active income taxed more than passive income?

In the United States, ordinary wage income is taxed at a much higher rate than capital gains. It changes from year to year but in general the maximum bracket is 35% vs 25%. This is counter intuitive ...
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How does the United Nations get information on North Korea's economy?

I have read from a Bloomberg article that the North Korea economy has expanded by 1.8% according to the United Nations. However, I know the North Korean government is secretive with information about ...
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How much of North Korea's economy is supported by the black market?

I read from a news article that North Korea is generally supported by a black market that the government generally accepts . What percent of the economy is supported by this black market and how much ...
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Do any countries have a pensions system funded entirely by past contributions, rather than current taxes?

The pensions systems that I'm familiar with usually work as following: Workers pay a tax on their salaries The government uses that money to fund the pensions of current retirees When the current ...
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What will the consequences of Brexit be on EURONEXT?

I know that this question doesn't make sense because "Brexit" is juridically a fuzzy concept. But I've heard that Euronext (which is related to financial products of France, Netherland,...) was ...
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How does the credit rating of a country affect its populace?

I am coming from a UK perspective; we lost our AAA credit rating in 2013, and dropped again in 2017 after the referendum on European Union membership. It was reported last week that we are set to be ...
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What if any are the impacts of negative interest rates on the life of an average citizen in a first world country?

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/04/alan-greenspan-says-its-only-a-matter-of-time-before-negative-rates-spread-to-the-us.html This is of course both a political and a financial question. But I am really ...
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