Blog entries from: iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

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October 29 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Oct 29 2014, 15:00:32

By Bertrand Gruss  (version in Español) It looks as if labor markets in Latin America have not been following the economic news--literally! Economic activity has slowed markedly in the last three years, with some South American countries slipping into outright recession more recently. Yet, labor markets still appear remarkably strong, with unemployment rates, in particular, hovering [...]

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October 28 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Oct 28 2014, 16:48:23

By Antoinette M. Sayeh Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to clean water in many countries. Infrastructure is one of the key challenges facing policymakers in the region--I experienced it [...]

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October 23 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Oct 23 2014, 09:46:13

By Prakash Loungani (version in 中文) Raising the minimum wage is a polarizing issue. One side worries that raising it will lower employment. The other side downplays the impact on employment and plays up the positive impact on the living standards of the poor. Both sides are able to cling to their beliefs as the [...]

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October 22 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Oct 22 2014, 11:16:16

By Rabah Arezki Natural gas is creating a new reality for economies around the world.  Three major developments of the past few years have thrust natural gas into the spotlight: the shale gas revolution in the United States, the reduction in nuclear power supply following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, and geopolitical tensions between Russia [...]

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October 20 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Oct 20 2014, 11:11:38

By Will Kerry and Andrea Maechler  Banks are struggling to overhaul the way they do business given new realities and new regulations adopted in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. While banks are generally stronger--they have more capital--they are less profitable, as measured by the return on equity. There are a number of reasons [...]

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October 16 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Oct 16 2014, 11:44:29

By Luis Brandão-Marques, Gaston Gelos, and Erik Oppers  The global financial crisis reminded us that banks often take risks that are excessive from society's point of view and can damage the economy. In part, this is the result of the incentives embedded in compensation practices and of inadequate monitoring by stakeholders.  Our analysis found the [...]

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October 15 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Oct 15 2014, 11:09:06

By Fabio Cortes, David Jones and Evan Papageorgiou Low interest rates and other central bank policies in the United States have sent investors looking for higher returns on their investments. Money is pouring into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, which is fueling a mispricing of credit and a build-up of risks to liquidity in the [...]

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October 14 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Oct 14 2014, 11:07:06

By iMFdirect editors What a week it's been.  Practical and existential questions on how to do good and be good for the sake of the global economy and finance dominated the seminars at the IMF's Annual Meetings in Washington. Our editors fanned out to cover what the panelists, moderators, and audiences said in a variety [...]

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October 12 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Sun Oct 12 2014, 16:38:02

By Sabina Bhatia  I know it might sound odd, but I actually like the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings. I know the traffic snarls on Pennsylvania Avenue are terrible, Washington cabbies ruder than ever, lots of men in dark suits (and sadly, they are still mostly men), and there is the constant rush from meeting to [...]

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October 10 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Fri Oct 10 2014, 10:28:01

By Serkan Arslanalp, David Jones, and Sanjay Hazarika Six years after the start of the global financial crisis, low interest rates and other central bank policies in the United States remain critical to encourage economic risk-taking--increased consumption by households, and greater willingness to invest and hire by businesses. However, this prolonged monetary ease also may have [...]

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