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An Aging IMF

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

hen the IMF was founded in 1945, the world looked very different than it does today. One of the most profound differences is the structural demographic shift from "young to old," where by as soon as 2020 there will be a billion of us over 60, soaring to two billion by mid-century

EuroMaidan Left to the West: Where's My Solidarity?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As East-West tensions steadily deteriorate, Ukrainian leftists may wonder what has become of their Western counterparts. Locked into a rigid ideologi...

Public Finances Are on the Mend, but No Clean Bill of Health

Martine Guerguil | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Martine Guerguil

We've had a spate of good news on the economic front recently. Does this mean that we are finally out of the fiscal woods? According to our most recen...

Global Financial Stability: Beginning to Turn the Corner

José Viñals | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
José Viñals

Global financial stability is improving -- we have begun to turn the corner. But it is too early to declare victory as there is a need to move beyond liquidity dependence -- the central theme of our report -- to overcome the remaining challenges to global stability.

As Demand Improves, Time to Focus More on Supply

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

IMF Makes Big Loan To Fledgling Ukrainian Gov't

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 03.27.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Thursday pledged $18 billion in loans to prop up Ukraine's sinking economy, as the nation's ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Republicans Kill IMF Language In Ukraine Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats threw in the towel Tuesday on a bid to secure reforms at the International Monetary Fund as part of a Ukraine aid bill,...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Contrary Congress Can't Get It Together To Help Ukraine

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers agree on the need for swift response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, but their debate over reforms to the International...

Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

William Bradley | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea. Why?

The Trillion-dollar Question: Who Owns Emerging Market Government Debt?

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

There are a trillion reasons to care about who owns emerging market debt. That's how much money global investors have poured into in these government...

U.S. Could Give 'As Much Support As Ukraine Needs'

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - The United States signaled on Sunday it could give as much financial support as Ukraine needs to get the crisis-hit ...

Treasury Secretary Urges Ukraine To Act On Assistance Package

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

SYDNEY, Feb 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has encouraged Ukraine to begin discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) o...

The Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014

Alejandro Werner | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Looking to the year ahead, how do we see the global economic landscape, and what will this mean for our region? This question is especially on people's minds today, given the risks of deflation in advanced economies and of sustained turbulence in emerging markets.

It's About Time, and Long Overdue

Darryl Woodard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruined by it." -- Pope Francis message to the World Economic Forum Meeting 2014 The Wo...

Emerging Markets Need to Do More to Remain Engines of Global Growth

Min Zhu | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Min Zhu

Their growth rate dropped about three percentage points in 2013 from 2010 levels, with more than two thirds of countries seeing a decline -- Brazil, China, and India lead the pack.

Recovery Strengthening, But Much Work Remains

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Among advanced economies, it is stronger in the US than in Europe, stronger in the euro core than in Southern Europe. In most advanced economies, unemployment remains much too high. And downside risks remain.

U.S. Monetary Policy and Its Effects on Latin America

Alejandro Werner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Alejandro Werner

The volatility since May 2013 tells us that the process of normalization of U.S. monetary policy will be complicated and volatile. So it is smart to prepare for bumps.

Turkey: How To Boost Growth Without Increasing Imbalances

Isabel Rial | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Isabel Rial

In our recent annual review of Turkey's economy, regression analysis suggests that, barring a significant change in policies or the economic environment, the level of growth consistent with a stable current account is in the 2¾ to 3½ percent range. In other words, growth above this speed limit would lead to a wider current account deficit.

Beyond Borders: Growth Challenges for Emerging Markets

Kalpana Kochhar | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Kalpana Kochhar

A number of emerging market economies have been on a rollercoaster since the U.S. Federal Reserve announced last May the eventual tapering of its asset purchase program. This is another reminder of how susceptible these economies remain to economic conditions outside their borders.

International Policy Coordination: The Loch Ness Monster

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

International policy coordination is like the Loch Ness monster: much discussed but rarely seen. Going back over the decades, and even further in history to the period between the Great Wars, coordination efforts have been episodic.

Fiscal Policy in Latin America: Prudence Today Means Prosperity Tomorrow

Alejandro Werner | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Alejandro Werner

With further pressures likely to build over the period ahead -- as economic growth has slowed, commodity prices have softened, and external funding costs are bound to rise -- now is the right time to rethink fiscal policies across the region.

Monetary Policy Will Never Be the Same

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Two weeks ago, the IMF organized a major research conference, in honor of Stanley Fischer, on lessons from the crisis. Here is my take.

Obama Halted NSA Spying On World Bank Headquarters

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping...

Global Economic Growth Forecast Cut By IMF: Implications Are Sobering

Sheldon Filger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Sheldon Filger

How much longer can major economies like the U.S. engage in historically unprecedented levels of monetary and fiscal stimulus that provides, at best, levels of economic growth so unimpressively marginal?