• Costa Rica – lower interest rates to discourage inflows of hot money;
  • Ecuador – using anti-trust laws for political purposes;
  • Russia – the Kremlin is pushing for lower interest rates;
  • Singapore – the economy may be in recession after all.

Other countries listed in the report are:  GERMANY:  No longer the locomotive of Europe; ISRAEL; MALI: French intervention; PAKISTAN: Ongoing power struggles; PARAGUAY; SIERRA LEONE; SPAIN; UNITED KINGDOM: Fears of triple-digit recession.

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