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World Economic Outlook

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.

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.

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.

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.

11 Countries That Still Have Perfect Credit

24/7 Wall St. | Charley Blaine | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business

A bipartisan deal was reached to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling on Wednesday. While this provides immediate relief, the agreem...

Advanced Economies Strengthening, Emerging Market Economies Weakening

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery from the crisis continues, albeit too slowly. While the focus at this time is more on emerging market economies, other legacies of the crisis are still very much present and advanced economies are not out of the woods.

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.

The World's Three Speed Economic Recovery

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Emerging market and developing economies are still going strong, but in advanced economies, there appears to be a growing bifurcation between the United States on the one hand, and the Euro area on the other.

The Myth: American's Have Learned to Avoid Debt

Steve Rhode | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

So much of what you hear about the recent economic trends of people learning grand lessons about avoiding debt are just not true.

World Faces Weak Economic Recovery

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The world recovery can continue, and can strengthen. The right pace of fiscal consolidation, continuing expansionary monetary policy, getting the financial sector back to health to decrease borrowing costs, and solidarity, especially within the Euro zone, are all of the essence.

The Global Economy: What the Next Three Years Will Look Like

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 07.15.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Uncertainty, even of the unusual variety, does not -- and should not -- translate into investor paralysis.

Mediocre Growth, High Risks, and the Long Road Ahead

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.17.2012 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

For the past six months, the world economy has been on what is best described as a roller coaster.

Lagarde in Davos: How to Avoid an Economic Deep Freeze

iMFdirect | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business
iMFdirect

Amid the heaviest snowfall in Davos for decades, IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been making her case for urgent action to resolve the eurozone crisis, which is at the center of current global economic concerns.

Complexity, Leadership and Policy Making: A New Hope?

Olivier Oullier | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Olivier Oullier

As the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, there is a palpable sense of urgency given how ineffective most of the current policy strategies are turning out to be, and hence a need to look at the world through the lens of complexity.

Driving the Global Economy with the Brakes On

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

With the right set of measures, the worst can definitely be avoided, and the recovery can be put back on track. These measures can be taken, need to be taken, and need to be taken urgently.

IMF Predicts European Recession, Slow U.S. Growth

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Global leaders are sharply at odds over how to rescue Europe from its escalating debt crisis: Should they focus more urgently on ec...

Beating the Burnout

Prof. Klaus Schwab | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Prof. Klaus Schwab

After a year characterized by major upheavals, many feel like we are watching a global system disintegrate: financial and debt crises, unemployment, political paralysis, social inequality, food and energy crises, and the list goes on. There is an urgent need for leaders to act.

Strong Policy Action -- The Essence of Restoring Global Economic Hope

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The global economy has entered a dangerous new phase. The recovery has weakened considerably, and downside risks have increased sharply. Strong policies are urgently needed to improve the outlook and reduce risks.

IMF: Capital Flows To Emerging Markets May Slow With Fed Hike

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - The surge of hot money that has vexed many emerging markets may slow dramatically once the U.S. Federal Reserve begins raising interest...

'Combination of Worries' Gets Attention in Davos (Video)

iMFdirect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
iMFdirect

Europe's sovereign debt crisis, fiscal challenges in advanced economies, concerns about overheating in emerging market countries, and the impact of rising food prices. These were the hot topics this year in Davos.

G-20 Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Bad Macroeconomic Policies Are the Main Threat to World Economic Recovery

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

If the G-20 is going to be nothing more than a talking shop on economic issues, they ought to at least talk about the economic problems that really ma...

The Majority of the World's Countries Can Change the IMF

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

As finance ministers, bankers, and other interested parties from around the world flock to Washington for the semi-annual IMF-World Bank meetings, the...

The Two Rebalancing Acts

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Achieving a "strong, balanced, and sustained world recovery"--to quote from the goal set in Pittsburgh by the G-20--was never going to be easy. It req...

World Faces Serious New Economic Challenges

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Achieving strong, sustained and balanced growth will not be easy. It will require fiscal consolidation in advanced countries, exchange rate adjustments, and a rebalancing of demand across the world.