Euro Area Policies

Euro Area Policies

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This Selected Issues paper on Euro Area Policies reviews the integration of Europea€™s financial markets and the challenges faced by the new European Union member states with respect to euro adoption. Markets in the Financial Instruments Directive are expected to become applicable in November 2007. The Directive injects new competition among financial intermediaries at all steps of a securitya€™s transaction cycle, from the provision of investment advice to the practical execution and settlement of the transaction, and thus holds the promise to accelerate Europea€™s apparently sluggish financial sector productivity growth.Price levels are also lower in the l\H\/IS and are converging to the euro-area levels, implying that inflation tends to be ... (in U.S. dollars) aquot; 00000 14 - (annual percentage change) 14 70, 000 - 70, 000 12 - 12 60, 000 - 60, 000 10 - 10 50a#39;000anbsp;...

Title:Euro Area Policies
Author:International Monetary Fund
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2007-07-31


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