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Updated: 3 October 2014

MSCI Global Index (MSCI)

The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Global Equity Indexes are widely tracked global equity benchmarks and serve as the basis for over 650 exchanged traded funds throughout the world. The indexes provide exhaustive equity market coverage for over 75 countries in the Developed, Emerging and Frontier Markets, applying a consistent index construction and maintenance methodology. This methodology allows for meaningful global views and cross regional comparisons across all market capitalization size, sector and style segments and combinations.

Developed Markets

Financial Soundness Indicators (International Monetary Fund - IMF)

The Financial Soundness Indicators (FSIs) were developed by the IMF, together with the international community, with the aim of supporting macro-prudential analysis and assessing strengths and vulnerabilities of financial systems.   Methodology...   Metadata...

Global Financial Centres Index (Z/Yen Group and Qatar Financial Centre Authority, UK, Qatar)

The GFCI provides profiles, rating and rankings for 83 financial centres, drawing on two separate sources of data - instrumental factors (external indices) and responses to an online survey.

FGFCI 16 (September, 2014: Full Report)

Financial Development Index (World Economic Forum; Switzerland, USA, China)

The Financial Development Index provides a score and rank for the breadth, depth, and efficiency of 62 of the world’s leading financial systems and capital markets. The Index analyzes drivers of financial system development that support economic growth, and thus compares the overall competitiveness of financial systems. Ultimately, the Report aims to serve as a tool for both advanced and emerging economies to benchmark themselves, thereby allowing them to identify and prioritize areas for reform.

Full Report

Central Government Dept (IMF/ The World Bank / NSOs / OECD)

Central Government Debt is the entire stock of direct government fixed-term contractual obligations to others outstanding on a particular date. It includes domestic and foreign liabilities such as currency and money deposits, securities other than shares, and loans. It is the gross amount of government liabilities reduced by the amount of equity and financial derivatives held by the government. Because debt is a stock rather than a flow, it is measured as of a given date, usually the last day of the fiscal year.



Thomas Piketty (2014): Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Belknap Press; 1st Edition edition.

Eswar S Prasad (2014)
The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance. Princeton University Press

Milton Friedman (1993)
Why Government Is the Problem. Essays in Public
Hover Institution Press

Milton Friedman (2002)
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition.
University of Chicago Press

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