Blog entries from: iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

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July 31 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Jul 31 2014, 10:40:33

By Ian Parry Energy plays a critical role in the functioning of modern economies. At the same time, it's at the heart of many of today's pressing environmental concerns--from global warming (predicted to reach around 3-4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century) and outdoor air pollution (causing over three million premature deaths a year) [...]

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July 29 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Jul 29 2014, 12:15:24

By Hamid Faruqee Global interest rates will eventually move higher. We do not know precisely when,  how fast, or how far, but we do know the direction. After a long period of very low interest rates following the global financial crisis, some central banks (mainly, the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England) are [...]

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July 28 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Jul 28 2014, 10:37:12

By Ruy Lama House prices are rising rapidly in the UK at an annual rate of 10.5 percent. House price inflation is particularly high in London (20 percent per year), and it is gradually accelerating in the rest of the country. The recent increases in house prices have been getting a lot of attention, and [...]

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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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