New Serbian governor asserts independence

Did the Serbian government give Mladjan Dinkic the boot because of his questionable running of the central bank? If so, his successor won't last long. Energy minister Kori Udovicki who has been chosen to take his place told the Financial Times, "I will…

Another one for the ladies

CentralBankNet notes that Udovicki's appointment pushes the number of the world's lady central bank governors a little more comfortably into double figures, now numbering a still rather paltry eleven. She joins Bodil Nyboe Andersen as Europe's only other…

Meltzer magic

Allan Meltzer and the dear old Bretton Woods twins haven't always been on the best of terms. As he told Central Banking journal barely a year and a half a go: the world bank's inefficiencies were a "scandal"; in many of its activities it "contributes…

Macfarlane goes for a decade

Ian Macfarlane, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, is buckling down for another term - but not a full one. At the age of 57, it seems that the prospect of another whole seven-year term would have been a bit much, so he put a bid in for a…

BIS increases transparency

Something which has largely escaped people's notice amid the flurry of recent changes at the BIS is that it has now declared the salaries of its senior management. This is consistent with its more general drive for greater transparency, since, as the new…

Straight talking from Zhou

Straight monetarist talk these days is considered controversial in certain circles; and you would not expect to hear it coming from the mouth of the governor of the central bank of China, with all the country's communist traditions. But the "moderniser"…

"Upside down world" in Peru

Peru's central bank is in a state of flux. Its governor, Richard Webb, has abruptly resigned, lamenting to CentralBankNet that the central bank is caught up in "an upside down world". Webb's flight was prompted by unworkable differences between himself…

Dinkic goes down fighting

If the situation in Peru seems a little unstable, spare a thought for the devastation visited on Serbia's fledgling central bank. The government's use of a legislative blunderbuss to remove Mladjan Dinkic has triggered a sort of apocalyptic self…

McTeer, the Lonesome Dove

While many have criticised the Fed for being not being dovish enough by only cutting rates by a quarter point, this has not spoiled Bob McTeer's good humour.

Tietmeyer to open doors for Lazard's

Hans Tietmeyer, former president of Germany's Bundesbank, has joined Lazard's as a senior adviser. The appointment gives a boost to Lazard's position in Germany, where the bank has been adding senior staff over the past year.

Mervyn King looks up Sylvia Hotpants

Some people have been tempted to ask, "Do we need a new Bretton Woods"? According to Mervyn King, the answer is clearly "no". Why? Well, there are dangers in them woods. "My mother said, I never should, play with the gypsies in the woods". Especially if…

New Bank team take their bow

Appearing for the first time before the UK Treasury Select Committee in his new capacity as governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King disarmingly admitted to having "no idea" whether the current level of 3.5% of interests was the correct level. This…

Get ready for Reddy

The coast appears clear for Dr Yaga Venugopal Reddy, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India until last year, to assume his well-deserved place as governor. Current governor Bimal Jalan is set to abandon the central bank in August, well before the…

Second term for Mexico's Ortiz

Guillermo Ortiz, the governor of the Bank of Mexico, looks set to push on through to a second term when his current term expires at the end of this year. Ortiz has confirmed that Fox will nominate him to the senate, whose approval will be needed for…

Signs of progress in Iraq

If the business of central banking may occasionally seem a touch hairy in Iraq, it isn't all bad. Although Faleh Salman, the man who has now been confirmed as governor of the central bank by the American interim administration, was the hapless victim of…

A twenty-first century BIS

73 years on and the world's oldest international financial organisationwith it, the BIS is alive and well. As usual, a swarm of central bankgovernors great and small descended on Basel last weekend to participate inthe BIS annual meetings.

King assumes his throne

The long-awaited moment has arrived: Mervyn King has moved into EddieGeorge's offices on Threadneedle Street, now that he has been baptised asgovernor of the Bank of England.

Dogfighting over the ECB

The European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC) has issued aresolution betraying unease that appointments to the ECBexecutive board could degenerate into a more or less continuous politicaldogfight.

Stand-off in Bulgaria

The mess in the ECB appointment process also needs to be cleared up to set anexample to other countries as to how these things should be done. Bulgaria might have benefited from this.

A lean machine

The central bank in Ghana is cutting back its staff drastically. Some central banks in the Eurosystem will be jealous.

Crockett honoured

Andrew Crockett always did have one of those names that look as if it is just waiting to have a "sir" in front of it. Now the space has been duly filled as the former central banker and general manager of the BIS received a knighthood from the Queen of…

Central banker and football fan

Mervyn King, the new governor of the Bank of England is a well-known supporter of Aston Villa, the English football club. In fact, until recently King was senior vice-president of the club.

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