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When Is Repaying Public Debt Not Of The Essence? NEW
iMFdirect 13 Hours, 7 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 4 Days, 11 Hours, 37 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 4 Days, 14 Hours, 39 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 5 Days, 10 Hours, 14 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 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 38 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 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 6 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 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 7 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 3 Weeks, 11 Hours, 55 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 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 40 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...
Latin America and the Fiscal Stimulus: A Mild Hangover, Not Yet an Addiction NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
By Alexander Klemm (Versions in Español and Português) Latin America is heading for tougher times. Regional growth is expected to dip below 1 percent in 2015, partly as a result of the drop in global commodity prices. How...
European Life Insurers: Unsustainable Business Model NEW
iMFdirect 4 Weeks, 13 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
By Reinout De Bock, Andrea Maechler, and Nobuyasu Sugimoto (Versions in Français and deutsch) Low interest rates in the euro area pose substantial challenges to the life insurance industry. Insurers—particularly in Germany and...
Ten Take Aways from the “Rethinking Macro Policy: Progress or Confusion?” NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard On April 15-16, the IMF organized the third conference on “Rethinking Macro Policy.” Here are my personal take aways. 1. What will be the “new normal”?   I had asked the panelists to concentrate...
Unclogging Euro Area Bank Lending NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
By Will Kerry and Jean Portier A year ago our research showed Europe had an €800 billion stock of bad loans.  In our latest Global Financial Stability Report we show that the problem has now grown to more than €900 billion.  This...
Managing Capital Flows in Frontier Economies NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
By Jonathan D. Ostry, Atish R. Ghosh, and Mahvash S. Qureshi  There has been a remarkable increase in financial flows to frontier economies from private sources which, in relation to their economic size, are now on par with those to emerging eco...
Close But Not There Yet: Getting to Full Employment in the United States NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
By Ravi Balakrishnan and Juan Solé (Version in Español) Last month’s report on U.S. jobs was disappointing, with far fewer jobs than expected added in March. A longer-term look at trends yields a different picture, however. O...
Multi-Track Monetary Policies in Advanced Economies: What This Means for Asia NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
By James Daniel and Rachel van Elkan Since mid-2014, diversity and divergence—applying to countries’ economic situations, policies and performance—have dominated global economic discussions. Differing economic performance in major a...
Spring Meetings Redux! NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
By Sabina Bhatia Washington is at its best in the spring. Green shoots pop out, daffodils and magnolias are in full bloom and the cherry blossoms cast a pink halo over the city. After a long, cold winter, there is hope everywhere. And so it was with...
Tolstoy & Billionaires: Overheard at the IMF’s Spring Meetings NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 1 Minute ago
By iMFdirect editors All happy countries are alike; each unhappy country is unhappy in its own way. This twist on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina echoed through the seminars during the IMF’s Spring Meetings as most countries, while recovering, ar...
Northern Spring, Southern Chills: Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
By Alejandro Werner (Version in Español and Português) Economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean has been cooling down for several years, and the temperature in many places is still falling. Regional growth is n...
Oil Prices and Public Finances: A Double-Edged Sword NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 23 Minutes ago
By Benedict Clements and Marta Ruiz-Arranz  (Versions in 中文, Français, 日本語, Русский, عربي and Español) Pl...