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Perspectives on the upcoming G20 meeting in Toronto

Monday, June 21st, 2010

As you are no doubt aware, Toronto is playing host to the upcoming G20 summit June 26th and 27th.  It’s a good time, therefore, to take a look at some information sites and other resources related to the group.  Here are just a few – there are many many more out there. The Government of […]

Rise and Fall of the GDP

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Read the article Rise and Fall of the  GDP in the New York Times Magazine.  The author Jon Gertner  attended a presentation on the Canadian Index of Well-Being presented by Alex Michalos,  a former chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia. The presentation on the Canadian Index of Well Being is available here.  Michalos’ […]

Report: SEC Investigation into Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The US Securities & Exchange Commission has just released its public version of its full Investigation of Failure of the SEC to Uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme.  At present it’s sitting on the Commission’s homepage and the report’s URL indicates that it’s a “news” file.  It’s unclear, therefore, if this is a stable URL.  Only […]

IMF Financial Soundness Indicators

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The International Monetary Fund recently launched a database of “financial sector soundness” indicators, or FSIs, for member countries who choose to participate. The aim is to provide users with a means of judging the soundness of financial institutions as well as national economies. The IMF’s list of core FSIs focuses on areas such as debt […]

New look for U Michigan’s Document Center

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The venerable University of Michigan Document Center website has just been relaunched with  an attractive redesign.   You can now search as well as browse topics and results lists feature a very helpful “filter by subtopic” feature.   All urls and rss feed addresses have been changed so you’ll want to update those if you link to/rely […]

OECD Statistical Narratives

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The OECD has just launched a new page that it is calling “Statistical Narratives.” The aim of this page is to feature select statistical tables – usually from a topical subject – and present them with a brief explanatory article.  The result?  A sort of news feature mashed up with supporting data.  The articles are […]

All about Europe

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The wonderful librarians  at Intute found two new online documents – both covering the EU. 1) Financial Management in the European Union is a report that was published by the UK House of Commons Public Accounts Committee  with the aim of assessing “the financial management and performance of the EU.  It covers efficiency, anti-fraud measures […]

New Database Trial

Monday, June 29th, 2009

We’ve been lucky enough to get a 30 day trial to the IMF e-library which “contains publications from recent years as well as statistical resources: Balance of Payments, Direction of Trade, Government Finance Statistics, and International Financial Statistics.”  The trial expires July 22nd.  Please check it out and fill out the feedback form to let […]

US Budget 2010

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

GPO Access has just posted the official PDF version of the 2010 Budget of the United States Government on its site.  The Budget “is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued […]

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