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From The Winners @ IMF 2014

From The Winners @ IMF 2014

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Global Finance honored the winners of its 2014 World's Best Bank Awards at a ceremony held during the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC on October 11, 2014.

These videos feature top executives from the world’s leading financial organizations discussing key issues, marketplace conditions and the economic outlook for regions around the world.

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From The Winners @ IMF 2014

From The Winners @ IMF 2014

INTERVIEWS:
Global Finance honored the winners of its 2014 World's Best Bank Awards at a ceremony held during the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC on October 11, 2014.

These videos feature top executives from the world’s leading financial organizations discussing key issues, marketplace conditions and the economic outlook for regions around the world.

Global Data

Cost of Living Worldwide

Cost of Living Worldwide

The OECD defines a cost of living index (COLI) as an index that measures the change in the minimum expenditures that would be incurred by a utility-maximizing consumer, whose preferences or tastes remain unchanged, in order to maintaining a given level of utility (or standard of living or welfare).

The Poorest Countries in the World

There are two standard methods of measuring the wealth of countries and how rich or poor its inhabitants are. The measure most often used is Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which represents the size of a country’s economy. A refinement of ...

Awards & Rankings

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2014

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2014

Global Finance unveils its annual list of the  best banks globally, regionally and by country. The banking industry remains under stress, but there are bright spots.

BEST IN CLASS

BEST IN CLASS

ANNUAL SURVEY | WORLD’S BEST BANKS
A selection of winners from Global Finance’s awards program over the past year.

From the Wires

U.S. Employment Costs Up 0.7% in 3Q

WASHINGTON--U.S. employers' labor costs picked up this summer for the second straight quarter, a sign that worker pay could finally break out of its postrecession pattern of sluggish growth. The employment-cost index, a broad gauge of wage and benefit expenditures, ...

U.S. Consumer Spending Drops

WASHINGTON--Americans cut spending last month for the first time since January, raising doubts about the economy's ability to maintain the summer's sturdy growth. Personal spending, reflecting what Americans pay for everything from haircuts to rent, fell 0.2% from August, the ...

Ruble Falls Despite Rate Rise -- Update

By Chiara Albanese and Tommy Stubbington Not even a larger-than-expected rise in interest rates by Russia's central bank could provide respite for the battered ruble on Friday, with the currency falling further against the dollar. The Bank of Russia surprised ...