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Making Small Beautiful Again: The Challenge of SME Problem Loans in Europe NEW
iMFdirect 16 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
By Yan Liu, Kenneth Kang, Dermot Monaghan, and Wolfgang Bergthaler Six years after the global financial crisis, Europe continues to be weighed down by high levels of corporate debt and millions of nonperforming loans. Small and medium-sized enterpris...
What Advanced Economies Can Do to Rise Above the “New Mediocre” NEW
iMFdirect 1 Day, 22 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
By Era Dabla-Norris, Vikram Haksar, and Kalpana Kochhar Global growth remains anemic more than five years after the global financial crisis. If nothing is done, the prospect of settling into a “new mediocre” will become reality, especiall...
Fiscal Policy And Structural Reform NEW
iMFdirect 4 Days, 16 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
By Vitor Gaspar  One of the big questions to emerge from the global financial crisis, especially in the euro area, is how to raise a country’s potential growth while restoring healthy public finances. For example, the euro area— ...
The Elusive Quest for International Policy Cooperation NEW
iMFdirect 5 Days, 14 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard, Atish R. Ghosh, Mahvash S. Qureshi As with previous crises, the global financial crisis has prompted greater calls for international policy cooperation, but it still remains very much like Nessie, the lovable Loch Ness monster:...
Dams And Dikes For Public Finances NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 1 Hour, 4 Minutes ago
By Vitor Gaspar, Richard Hughes, and Laura Jaramillo Fortune, wrote Machiavelli five hundred years ago in The Prince, is like a violent river. She “shows her power where virtue has not been put in order to resist her and therefore turns her imp...
Seizing India’s Moment NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect As many countries around the world are grappling with low growth, India has been marching in the opposite direction.  The IMF’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde gave a speech at Lady Sri Ram College in New Delhi to talk abo...
Resolving Residential Mortgage Distress: Time to Modify NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
By Jochen Andritzky In housing crises, high mortgage debt can feed a vicious circle of falling housing prices and economic slowdown. As a result, more households default on their mortgages and the crisis deepens.  A new IMF Working Paper studies...
Canada’s Financial Sector: How to Enhance its Resilience NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
By Hamid Faruqee and Andrea Pescatori (Version in Français) In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Canada’s financial system held up remarkably well—making it the envy of its Group of Seven peers. This relative resilie...
Building A Monetary Union in Africa NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect It’s like the European Union but for East Africa. In this podcast by the IMF, find out how Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi stand to benefit from the creation of the East African Community.  There will be...
Down But Not Out NEW
iMFdirect 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
By Jeff Hayden We drew our inspiration for Finance & Development‘s cover from Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rivera, a Mexican artist, was commissioned in 1932 to paint the 27-panel...
Fiscal Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Latin America and the Caribbean NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
By Robert Rennhack and Fabián Valencia (version in Español and Português) The plunge in world oil prices—from $105 to about $50 per barrel since mid-2014—has been a boon for oil-importing countries, whil...
Fiscal Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Latin America and the Caribbean NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 40 Minutes ago
By Robert Rennhack and Fabián Valencia (version in Español and Português) The plunge in world oil prices—from $105 to about $50 per barrel since mid-2014—has been a boon for oil-importing countries, whil...
Fiscal Arrangements in Federations: Four Lessons for Europe NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 2 Hours ago
By Martine Guerguil  Does the European Union need closer fiscal integration, and in particular a stronger fiscal center, to become more resilient to economic shocks? A new IMF book, Designing a European Fiscal Union: Lessons from the Experience...
Fair Play—Equal Laws for Equal Working Opportunity for Women NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde  Leveling the legal playing field for women holds real promise for the world—in both human and economic terms. Unfortunately, that promise remains largely ignored and its potential untapped. In too many countries,...
Investment in the Euro Area: Why Has It Been So Weak? NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
By Bergljot Bjørnson Barkbu, S. Pelin Berkmen, and Hanni Schölermann Investment in the euro area, and particularly private investment, has not recovered since the onset of the global financial crisis. In fact, the decl...
Warning—Falling (U.S. Treasury) Objects NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
By Nigel Chalk and Jarkko Turunen The remarkable collapse in the price of oil—a key global price that has virtually halved in the space of just a few months—has received a lot of attention lately. Meanwhile, another significant shift has...
How Can Egypt Achieve Economic Stability and Better Living Standards Together? NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
By Christopher Jarvis  Egypt currently faces what may seem to be conflicting objectives. On the one hand, there’s an urgent need to restore economic stability—by achieving lower budget deficits, public debt and inflation, and adequat...
Time to Act on the G-20 Agenda: The Global Economy Will Thank You NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde Implementation, investment, and inclusiveness: these three policy goals will dominate the G-20 agenda this year, including the first meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Istanbul next week. As Turkish P...
Disinflation in EU Countries outside the Eurozone NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
By Plamen Iossifov and Jiri Podpiera Inflation has been falling sharply across Europe since 2012 (see Charts 1 and 2). Across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), inflation expectations have also drifted down especially among countries who peg thei...
A Big Step Forward for Bolstering Financial Inclusion NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 48 Minutes ago
By David Marston, Era Dabla-Norris, and D. Filiz Unsal Economists are paying increasing attention to the link between financial inclusion—greater availability of and access to financial services—and economic development. In a new paper, w...