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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Currency Wars

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF, has warned that cuts in interest rates and quantitative easing (as recently announced by the central bank of Japan) could upset the global economy recovery and trigger "currency wars".

The Japanese central bank is reverting to a "zero interest rate" policy (which it abandoned in 2006).

Given that both the US and UK have cut rates and instituted quantitative easing, Mr Strauss-Kahn's comments seem a little "behind the curve".

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