FOREIGN TRADE: So Little Cash

The World Bank last week was beginning to feel like a village moneylender. Its capacity to lend could scarcely make a dent in world needs. Wistfully, President John J. McCloy told of plans to float the bank's first debentures in July—$250 million worth, at around 3% interest. If they are sold, other issues will be floated. The cash from the first issue will just replace the $250 million lent to France. It will leave the bank with only the $727 millions in U.S. currency it now has available for loans. But the world's need, by the Administration's estimate, is $5...

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