An estimated $762 billion flowed out of the country in the first 11 months of last year, according to a Bloomberg Intelligence gauge, pumping up residential property markets from Vancouver to Sydney. Some money also spilled across the border into Hong Kong insurance products. Source: Bloomberg
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The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) — the euro zone’s bailout fund — should ultimately be turned into a European version of the International Monetary Fund, the head of euro zone finance ministers said on Monday in a German newspaper. Source: Ekathimerini
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said the European Banking Authority should be merged with the European insurance regulator, with the merged body to be located in Frankfurt. Source: Handelsblatt
Cash-strapped Greek firms have started paying employees in kind, mainly with supermarket coupons. Employees faced with the highest unemployment in the European Union are complaining but often have little recourse. Source Deutsche Welle