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Shining a Bright Light into the Dark Corners of Weak Governance and Corruption

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:28:14 +0000

By Christine Lagarde April 22, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French), baˈhasa indoneˈsia (Indonesian),  日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese),  Русский (Russian) Anti-corruption strategies require broader regulatory and institutional reforms (Kritchanut/iStock). The IMF Executive Board has just endorsed a new framework for stepping up […]

Bringing Down High Debt

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:27:22 +0000

By Vitor Gaspar and Laura Jaramillo April 18, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) High debt makes governments’ financing vulnerable to sudden changes in market sentiment (photo: NYSE-LUCAS JACKSON-REUTERS Newscom). Global debt hit a new record […]

A Bumpy Road Ahead for the Global Financial System

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:30:14 +0000

By Tobias Adrian April 18, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese),   Português (Portuguese),  Русский (Russian) An unexpected increase in inflation could prompt the Federal Reserve and other central banks to raise interest rates faster than currently anticipated, roiling financial […]

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Global Economy: Good News for Now but Trade Tensions a Threat

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:57:44 +0000

By Maurice Obstfeld April 17, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) Container ship in Colombo, Sri Lanka: the recent escalating tensions over trade present a growing risk to the global economy (photo: STRINGER/REUTERS/Newscom). The world economy continues […]

An Even-handed Approach to Crypto-Assets

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:55:57 +0000

By Christine Lagarde April 16, 2018 Versions in  عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) Healthcare companies are studying how to use the technology behind crypto assets to maintain confidential medical data (BSIphotos/Newscom). The dizzying gyrations of crypto-assets such as Bitcoin […]

Fiscal Rules: Make them Easy to Love and Hard to Cheat

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:06:35 +0000

By Xavier Debrun, Luc Eyraud, Andrew Hodge, Victor Lledo, Catherine Pattillo, Abdelhak Senhadji April 13, 2018 Versions in Español (Spanish), Français (French),  Português  (Portuguese) The national debt clock in New York City: a fiscal rule, like the debt ceiling, should […]

The Digital Gamble: New Technology Transforms Fiscal Policy

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:55:27 +0000

By Vitor Gaspar and Geneviève Verdier April 12, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic),  中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish), 日本語 (Japanese), Português  (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) Traffic in Singapore: the city uses digital technology for road pricing to manage road congestion congestion (photo: Kua Chee Siong/ […]

Risky Business: Reading Credit Flows for Crisis Signals

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:00:42 +0000

By Claudio Raddatz Kiefer and Jérôme Vandenbussche  April 10, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic),  中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish),  Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Português  (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) The odds of a severe economic downturn are higher when a growing portion of credit flows to riskier firms, according to […]

For Home Prices in London, Check the Tokyo Listings

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:00:06 +0000

By Claudio Raddatz Kiefer and Jane Dokko April, 10, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic);  中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish),  Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese),  Português (Portuguese) Hong Kong viewed from Victoria Peak. House prices across countries and cities are increasingly moving in tandem (Photo: Fraser Hall/Robert Harding/Newscom). If […]

Wanted: Policies to Encourage and Enable Work in Advanced Economies

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:57:44 +0000

By Francesco Grigoli, Zsóka Kóczán, and Petia Topalova April 9, 2018  Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese),  Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) Aging may slow economic growth in advanced economies (photo: Zero Creatives Cultura/Newscom). Population growth in advanced economies is slowing, life expectancy is […]