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Transitions to Financial Stability: A Bumpy Ride

José Viñals | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
José Viñals

The global financial system faces several major transitions along the road to greater financial stability. These transitions will be challenging because they are accompanied by substantial risks.

Indian Economy Faces Crisis: From Boom to Bust?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sheldon Filger

In a self-perpetuating cycle of gloom, lack of confidence has led to capital flight, sparking a market-induced devaluation of India's currency, the rupee. The collapse of the rupee has in turn sparked a large increase in the country's energy imports, especially oil.

U.S. Fiscal Policy: A Tough Balancing Act

Deniz Igan | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Deniz Igan

The federal government budget deficit has fallen sharply in recent years. But if the choice and timing of policy measures is not right, the deficit reduction may turn out to be too much in the short run -- stunting the economic recovery -- and not enough in the long run.

The Times They Are a-Changin': Will (Fiscal) History Repeat Itself?

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

Recent political and social unrest in some emerging and developing countries may have idiosyncratic features. But they also have a common denominator.

Taking the Scare out of Scarceonomics

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.25.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

So, what does the scarceonomics of food, water, energy, and other critical commodities mean for governments, economies, investors, and consumers? If we apply some lessons learned and a little ingenuity, the prospects could be positive.

Global Outlook -- Still Three Speeds, But Slower

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

After years of strong growth, the BRICS in particular are beginning to run into speed bumps. This means that the focus of policies will increasingly need to turn to boosting potential output growth or, in the case of China, to achieving more sustainable and balanced growth.

Shahien Nasiripour

IMF Sounds Alarm About Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.14.2013 | Business

As much as half of U.S. economic growth this year has been slashed due to tax increases and indiscriminate federal spending cuts known as sequestratio...

Scientists Beware: Shooting the Messenger

American Statistical Association | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science
American Statistical Association

While every scientist faces the possibility of being the bearer of bad news, statisticians are especially vulnerable. At present, two countries -- Greece and Argentina -- are bringing charges against statisticians who are reporting truthful, yet unpleasant, data.

Shahien Nasiripour

IMF Questions Regulators On Big Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

Top officials at the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday challenged financial regulators imposing far-reaching reforms on the biggest banks, arguin...

An Arab Marshall Plan

Bassem Awadallah | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Bassem Awadallah

Although Arab leaders often cite Turkey as a beacon of hope, they rarely acknowledge that the country's recent transformation from the "sick man of Europe" to one of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets would not have been possible had it not pursued regional synergies.

After a Golden Decade, Can Latin America Keep Its Luster?

Alejandro Werner | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Latin America continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the world, even though growth slowed down a bit in 2012. However, these blissful external conditions will not last forever.

Why GDP Growth Won't Fix Our Poverty Problem

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The financial institutions' focus on generating economic growth without ensuring the concomitant increase in jobs, and the inequality this generates, is partly to blame for the waning public support for global economic integration.

Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Rethinking and reforms are both taking place. But we still do not know the final destination, be it for the redefinition of monetary policy, or the contours of financial regulation, or the role of macroprudential tools.

Inside-outside Strategy on Wall Street Tax

Sarah Anderson | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Sarah Anderson

Of course the IMF event was not without opposition voices. The strongest was Luc Frieden, the finance minister of Luxembourg, where a light regulatory and tax regime has boosted the size of the banking sector relative to GDP to a level similar to that of Cyprus.

'Just Jobs Index' Launches: What the IMF, World Bank and G20 Won't Discuss

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

While the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G20 meets in Washington DC this weekend to discuss economic growth, a completely differe...

IMF Official: Tight Fiscal Policy Is Hurting U.S. Economic Growth

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. economy would likely grow as much as 2 percentage points higher this year if the government were not tighten...

How to Make a Graceful Exit: The Potential Perils of Ending Extraordinary Central Bank Policies

Erik Oppers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Erik Oppers

The end of these unconventional monetary policies will come and may pose threats to financial stability because of the length and breadth of their unprecedented reign. Policymakers should be alert to the risks and take gradual and predictable measures to address them.

'Green News Report' - April 2, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

Make the Most of What You've Got: Small States in the Spotlight

Min Zhu | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Min Zhu

Some small states have been able to overcome certain size-related challenges by achieving higher levels of such growth determinants as openness, education, and financial development. The key to achieving economic success may be to pursue policies that exploit their advantages and offset their disadvantages.

Crafting the Cyprus Deal: A Road Filled With Blunders

David Catalan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business
David Catalan

The role of the Troika in bailing out governments and banks is nothing new, but the solutions put forward by EU leaders to improve the Cypriot crisis seem to be founded on little foresight, and without regard for the tragic mistakes of the past few years.

'Green News Report' - March 28, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

Subsidizing Energy Consumption: Why it's Wrong and What Can Be Done About it

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

Let's face it. Everybody loves cheap energy. Almost all human activities require energy consumption and, if something is so basic, it seems pretty obv...

Bank on Being Bilked

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Unless Americans step up the way Cypriots did and demand real regulation, as well as send the message that they don't trust Wall Street by moving their money to community banks and credit unions, they can bank on being bilked. Again.

Cyprus Reaches Bailout Deal With International Lenders

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

* Deal to shut Laiki bank, transfer insured deposits * Clinched hours before Monday deadline to seal EU bailout * Without deal banks faced colla...

Will Correa Assume Chavez's Role Leading Latin American Socialism?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

With Hugo Chavez having now passed, the question of who will inherit his legacy as the vanguard of 21st century socialism in Latin America is foremost in the minds of many.