The 10 Best Central Bankers In The World

Agustin Carstens

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Global Finance magazine is out with its annual report cards for the world’s most influential central bankers.The grades, which range from A to F, are based on banker’s success in controlling inflation, fostering economic growth, and managing interest rates.

Other factors include the banker’s ability to stand up to political pressure and influence government in a positive way.

In what’s been an incredibly difficult economic environment, here are the central bankers who have had a steady hand on the wheel. 

Mark Carney, Canada

2012 Grade: A

2011 Grade: B+

Core inflation: 1.7%

Unemployment: 7.3%

Benchmark interest rate: 1%

Source: Global Finance, Citi, Bloomberg

Glenn Stevens, Australia

2012 Grade: A

2011 Grade: A

Core inflation: 1.2%

Unemployment: 5.2%

Benchmark interest rate: 3.5%

Source: Global Finance, Citi, Bloomberg

Stanley Fischer, Israel

2012 Grade: A

2011 Grade: A

Core inflation: 2%

Unemployment: 6.7%

Benchmark interest rate: 2.25%

Source: Global Finance, Bank of Israel

Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Malaysia

2012 Grade: A

2011 Grade: A

Core inflation: 1.7%

Unemployment: 3%

Benchmark interest rate: 3%

Source: Global Finance, Bank Negara Malaysia

Amando Tetangco Jr., Phillipines

2012 Grade: A

2011 Grade: A

Core inflation: 3.2%

Unemployment: 6.9%

Benchmark interest rate: 3.75%

Source: Global Finance, Banko Sentral Ng Pilipinas

Fai-Nan Perng, Taiwan

2012 Grade: A

2011 Grade: A

Core inflation: 1.29%

Unemployment: 4.3%

Benchmark interest rate: 1.875%

Source: Global Finance, Bloomberg

Agustin Carstens, Mexico

2012 Grade: B+

2011 Grade: B

Core inflation: 3.59%

Unemployment: 5%

Benchmark interest rate: 4.5%

Source: Global Finance, Banco de Mexico, Bloomberg

Rodrigo Vergara, Chile

2012 Grade: B+

2011 Grade: N/A

Core inflation: 2.5%

Unemployment: 6.6%

Benchmark interest rate: 5%

Source: Global Finance, Banco Central de Chile, Bloomberg

Sergei Ignatiev, Russia

2012 Grade: B+

2011 Grade: B

Core inflation: 2.9%

Unemployment: 5.4%

Benchmark interest rate: 8%

Source: Global Finance, Bank of Russia, Bloomberg

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria

2012 Grade: B+

2011 Grade: B+

Core inflation: 12.0%

Unemployment: 23.9%

Benchmark interest rate: 12%

Source: Global Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria, Bloomberg

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