Blog entries from: iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

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July 24 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Jul 24 2014, 11:30:52

By Olivier Blanchard The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are. To a large extent, it reflects [...]

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July 22 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Jul 22 2014, 11:05:52

By John Bluedorn and Shengzu Wang Since the financial crisis, the euro area current account, made up mostly of the trade balances of the individual countries, has moved from rough balance into a clear surplus. But the underlying rebalancing across economies within the euro area has been highly asymmetric, with some debtors, like Greece, Ireland, [...]

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July 21 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Jul 21 2014, 14:00:08

By Min Zhu Asia is set to be the powerhouse for growth in the next decade, just as it was in the last one. The size of its economy is expected to expand more rapidly than the other regions of the world, and its share in the world output is expected to rise from 30 [...]

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July 17 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Jul 17 2014, 10:30:38

Fiscal policy makers have faced an extraordinarily challenging environment over the last few years. At the outset of the global financial crisis, the IMF for the first time advocated a fiscal expansion across all countries able to afford it, a seeming departure from the long-held consensus among economists that monetary policy rather than fiscal policy [...]

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July 14 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Jul 14 2014, 10:05:25

By Reza Moghadam and Ranjit Teja  As inflation has sunk in the euro area, talk of quantitative easing (QE)--and misgivings about it--have soared. Some think QE is not needed; others that it would not work; and yet others that it only creates asset bubbles and may even be "illegal." In its latest report on the [...]

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June 26 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Jun 26 2014, 15:12:23

By Evridiki Tsounta and Kalpana Kochhar  Emerging market economies have been experiencing strong growth, with annual growth for the period 2000-12 averaging 43/4 percent per year--a full percentage point higher than in the previous two decades. In the last two to three years, however, growth in most emerging markets has been cooling off, in some [...]

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June 25 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Jun 25 2014, 10:06:52

By Michael Keen It's hard to pick up a newspaper these days (or, more likely for readers of blogs, to skim one online) without finding another story about some multinational corporation managing, as if by magic, to pay little corporate tax. What lets them do this, of course, are the tax rules that countries themselves [...]

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June 23 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Jun 23 2014, 11:19:44

By Will Kerry, Jean Portier, Luigi Ruggerone and Constant Verkoren  High and rising levels of nonperforming loans in the euro area have burdened bank balance sheets and acted as a drag on bank profits. Banks, striving to maintain provisions to cover bad loans, have had fewer earnings to build-up their capital buffers. This combination of [...]

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June 17 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Jun 17 2014, 11:14:58

By Julian Chow and Shamir Tanna Much has been said lately about growing private sector debt in emerging market economies. In our recent analysis, we examined the corporate sector in a number of countries and found their rising levels of debt could make them vulnerable. Low global interest rates in the aftermath of the global [...]

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June 11 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Jun 11 2014, 14:05:19

By Min Zhu (Version in 中文) House prices are inching up.  But is this a cause for much cheer?  Or are we watching the same movie again? Recall how after a decade-long boom, house prices started to fall in 2006, first in the United States and then elsewhere, contributing to the 2008-9 global financial crisis. In [...]

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