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Challenges Ahead: Managing Spillovers NEW
iMFdirect 1 Day, 15 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard, Luc Laeven, and Esteban Vesperoni The last five years have been a reminder of the importance of interconnections and risks in the global economy. They have triggered intense discussions on the optimal way to combine fiscal, mone...
Acting Collectively: A Better Way to Restructure Government Debt NEW
iMFdirect 3 Days, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
By Sean Hagan  (version in Español) To restructure or not to restructure? That is a question few governments would like to face. Yet, if a country does find itself with an unsustainable debt burden, one way or another, it will have to be...
Growth: An Essential Part of a Cure for Unemployment NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
By Davide Furceri and Prakash Loungani Unemployment is a global problem. If the unemployed formed their own country, it would be the fifth largest in the world. Of the nearly 200 million people around the world looking for work, half are in emerging...
Building a Camaraderie of Central Bankers: How Monetary Policymakers in the Caucasus and Central Asia Can Learn From Each Other NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
By Min Zhu The world’s central bankers are certainly in the news these days. Not a week goes by without the Fed, the European Central Bank or the Bank of Japan taking big and often unprecedented actions to fight deflation, preserve financial st...
Understanding Spillovers NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard, Luc Laeven and Esteban Vesperoni The global crisis—which challenged paradigms about the functioning of financial markets and had significant consequences in other markets—and the sluggish recovery since 2009, are a r...
Mind the Dragon: Latin America’s Exposure to China NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
By Bertrand Gruss and Fabiano Rodrigues Bastos and  (version in Español and Português) China is still a distant and exotic country in the mind of many people in Latin America. Yet, with the Asian giant rapidly expandi...
Portfolio Investment in Emerging Markets: More Than Just Ebb and Flow NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
By Evan Papageorgiou When the U.S. Federal Reserve first mentioned in 2013 the prospect of a cutback in its bond buying program, markets had a “taper tantrum.” Many emerging markets saw large increases in volatility, even though outflows...
25 Years of Transition NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect What a difference 25 years can make. The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 was  a day that changed world history and transformed Europe. Central and Eastern Europe embarked on a historic transition from communism to capita...
Top Five Policy Priorities to Brighten America’s Economic Future NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
By Deniz Igan (version in Español) There was a time in the not-so-distant past when science fiction could make us look forward to a better world. We had uplifting visions of the future in shows like Star Trek and Back to the Future. Today, the...
A Downturn Without Layoffs? Reconciling Growth And Labor Markets In Latin America NEW
iMFdirect 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
By Bertrand Gruss  (version in Español) It looks as if labor markets in Latin America have not been following the economic news—literally! Economic activity has slowed markedly in the last three years, with some South American...
Infrastructure Investment: Part of Africa’s Solution NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month ago
By Antoinette M. Sayeh Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to cle...
Does Raising the Minimum Wage Hurt Employment? Evidence from China NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
By Prakash Loungani (version in 中文) Raising the minimum wage is a polarizing issue. One side worries that raising it will lower employment. The other side downplays the impact on employment and plays up the positive impact on the living...
Natural Gas: The New Gold NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
By Rabah Arezki Natural gas is creating a new reality for economies around the world.  Three major developments of the past few years have thrust natural gas into the spotlight: the shale gas revolution in the United States, the reduction in nuc...
Banks Should Help, Not Hinder the Economy NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
By Will Kerry and Andrea Maechler  Banks are struggling to overhaul the way they do business given new realities and new regulations adopted in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. While banks are generally stronger—they have more...
Good Governance Curbs Excessive Bank Risks NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
By Luis Brandão-Marques, Gaston Gelos, and Erik Oppers  The global financial crisis reminded us that banks often take risks that are excessive from society’s point of view and can damage the economy. In part, this is the result of t...
A Mirage, Not An Oasis: Easy Money and Financial Markets NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
By Fabio Cortes, David Jones and Evan Papageorgiou Low interest rates and other central bank policies in the United States have sent investors looking for higher returns on their investments. Money is pouring into mutual funds and exchange-traded fun...
Aristotle & the Archbishop of Canterbury: Overheard at the IMF’s Annual Meetings NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect editors What a week it’s been.  Practical and existential questions on how to do good and be good for the sake of the global economy and finance dominated the seminars at the IMF’s Annual Meetings in Washington. Our edit...
It’s Unofficial! NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Minutes ago
By Sabina Bhatia  I know it might sound odd, but I actually like the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings. I know the traffic snarls on Pennsylvania Avenue are terrible, Washington cabbies ruder than ever, lots of men in dark suits (and sadly, they ar...
Heat Wave: Rising Financial Risks in the United States NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
By Serkan Arslanalp, David Jones, and Sanjay Hazarika Six years after the start of the global financial crisis, low interest rates and other central bank policies in the United States remain critical to encourage economic risk-taking—incre...
Smart Fiscal Policy Will Help Jobs NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
by Vitor Gaspar  Unemployment remains unacceptably high in many countries. It increased dramatically during the Great Recession. Global unemployment currently exceeds 200 million people. An additional 13 million people are expected to be unemplo...