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“To Lean or Not to Lean?” That is the Question NEW
iMFdirect 4 Days, 22 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
By Stefan Laseen, Andrea Pescatori, and Jarkko Turunen Academics and policy-makers alike have long struggled with the question of whether to use monetary policy to dampen asset price booms – whether to “lean against the wind” o...
U.S. Monetary Policy: Avoiding Dark Corners NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 4 Days, 53 Minutes ago
By Ali Alichi, Douglas Laxton, Jarkko Turunen, and Hou Wang A few weeks ago, the Fund suggested that the Federal Reserve could defer its first increase in the policy rate until it sees greater signs of wage or price inflation, with a gradual increase...
Inequality’s Toll on Growth NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
by iMFdirect Inequality is one of the defining issues of our time, so you may want to tune in to this interview with the authors of a new study that shows that  higher inequality leads to lower growth.  You can also read their blog her...
Financial Stability Committees: Learning from the Experts NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 25 Minutes ago
By Jorge Roldos and Alejandro Werner (Versions in Español and Português) Macroeconomists and financial sector experts need to talk to each other. Such communication is important to help identify and measure systemic risks...
Growth’s Secret Weapon: The Poor and the Middle Class NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 19 Minutes ago
By Era Dabla-Norris, Kalpana Kochhar, and Evridiki Tsounta (Versions in 中文 and Русский) The gap between the rich and the poor is at its widest in decades in advanced countries, an...
Greece: A Credible Deal Will Require Difficult Decisions By All Sides NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 19 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard The status of negotiations between Greece and its official creditors – the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF – dominated headlines last week.  At the core of the negotiations is a simple question: How much...
Financing for Sustainable Development: Money and the Right Policies NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 50 Minutes ago
By Min Zhu and Sarwat Jahan Countries will start a new chapter in their development this year with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Designed to replace the Millennium Development Goals, these new goals will broaden the vision...
Cross-Country Analysis of Housing Finance and Real Estate Booms NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
By Eugenio Cerutti, Jihad Dagher, and Giovanni Dell’Ariccia Housing finance—considered one of the villains of the recent global financial crisis—was seen, at least until recently, as a vehicle for economic growth and social stabilit...
Raising Long-Run Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean—A Complex(ity) Issue NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
By Fabiano Rodrigues Bastos and Ke Wang (Versions in Español and Português) Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has weakened significantly over the last few years. Part of this weakness appears to be here to stay, an...
A Watershed Moment for Latin America: Nine Takeaways from our High-Level Conference NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 14 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
By Alejandro Werner (Versions in Español and Português) Latin America has reached a critical moment. So much better off than two decades ago, and still facing deep-seated problems that get in the way of sustained strong gr...
U.S. Economy Returning to Growth, but Pockets of Vulnerability NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde  IMF staff have just concluded their annual health check of the U.S. economy, and released their concluding statement. This year we have also undertaken a Financial Sector Assessment Program with the United States. We conduc...
When Is Repaying Public Debt Not Of The Essence? NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
By Jonathan D. Ostry and Atish R. Ghosh Financial bailouts, stimulus spending, and lower revenues during the Great Recession have resulted in some of the highest public debt ratios seen in advanced economies in the past forty years. Recent debates ha...
Once in a Generation NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 13 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
By Jeff Hayden World leaders will come together three times—in July, September, and December—to press for progress in the fight against poverty and to forge partnerships in support of better-quality life around the world. In July, governm...
Don’t Rule it Out: Simplifying Fiscal Governance in Europe NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 16 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
By Petya Koeva Brooks and Gerd Schwartz The 2008 global financial crisis and its aftermath have tested the European Union’s (EU) fiscal governance framework—the rules, regulations, and procedures that influence how budgetary policy is pla...
Reigniting Strong and Inclusive Growth in Brazil NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde  (Versions in Español and Português) Brazil has made remarkable social gains over the past decade and a half. Millions of families have been lifted from extreme poverty, and access to education an...
Flash Crashes and Swiss Francs: Market Liquidity Takes a Holiday NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
By José Viñals Financial market liquidity can be fleeting. The ability to trade in assets of any size, at any time and to find a ready buyer is not a given.  As discussed in some detail last fall in this blog, a number of fact...
Act Local, Solve Global: The $5.3 Trillion Energy Subsidy Problem NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
By Benedict Clements and Vitor Gaspar (Versions in 中文, Français, 日本語, Русский and Español) US$5.3 trillion; 6½ percent of...
Global Energy Subsidies Are Big—About US$5 Trillion Big NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
By Sanjeev Gupta and Michael Keen (Versions in 中文, Français, 日本語, Русский and Español) In their blog, Ben Clements and Vitor Gaspar make th...
Commodity Blues: Corporate Investment in Latin America NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
By Nicolás Magud (Versions in Español and Português) Private investment has been decelerating throughout emerging markets since mid-2011, and Latin America has been no exception (see Chart 1). This trend has ra...
Securitization: Restore Credit Flow to Revive Europe’s Small Businesses NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
By Shekhar Aiyar, Bergljot Barkbu, and Andreas (Andy) Jobst If financing is the lifeblood of European small businesses, then the effect of the financial crisis was similar to a cardiac arrest. The flow of affordable credit from banks was choked off a...