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July 23, 2014 -- IMF Survey : Concerted Efforts Needed to Boost U.S. Long-term Growth and Reduce Poverty
The U.S. recovery is gathering steam but managing the exit from zero interest rates and boosting potential growth remain top priorities, the IMF said in its most recent report on the world’s largest economy.
April 09, 2014 -- IMF Survey : Global Financial Stability Improved, Still Challenged
Over the past six months, financial stability has broadly improved in advanced economies and has deteriorated in emerging economies, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report.
April 08, 2014 -- IMF Survey : Recovery Strengthening, but Requires Stronger Policy Effort
The strengthening of the recovery from the Great Recession in the advanced economies is a welcome development, according to IMF staff. But the latest World Economic Outlook also emphasizes that growth remains subpar and uneven across the globe
October 09, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Tax Policy Can Help Countries Turn Corner on Debt
With fiscal consolidation still topping the policy agenda in advanced economies, and increasingly so in emerging market countries, the question of whether and how tax systems can contribute to the adjustment process acquires new urgency, according to the IMF’s Fiscal Monitor.
October 08, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Global Growth Patterns Shifting, Says IMF WEO
Global growth is still in low gear and its drivers are shifting, says the IMF’s latest WEO report, which forecasts global growth to average 2.9 percent in 2013—below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012—and to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014.
October 07, 2013 -- IMF Survey : As Global Crisis Recedes, Path Ahead Involves Difficult Transitions, Says Lipton
The 2013 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings to focus on difficult transitions for the global economy—transitions that will last years, says IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director Lipton.
October 03, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Lagarde: New Global Transitions Need New Global Agenda
Countries will need to adopt strong national policies and work together closely to manage new transitions under way in the global economy, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde said in a speech ahead of the 2013 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings.
September 30, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Financial Crises Yield More Synchronized Economic Output
The global panic set in motion by the 2008-09 financial crisis generated an unprecedented output collapse around the world that temporarily had countries moving in close lockstep, according to a new study by the IMF.
September 19, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Strong U.S. Economy, Strong Global Economy—Two Sides of Same Coin
In a world of increasing economic interconnections, the United States’s stake in the global recovery is greater than ever, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a speech to business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
September 13, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Mind the Gap: Narrowing Imbalances, while Maintaining Growth
Five years on since the crisis, the G20 advanced and emerging market economies have showed some progress in reducing their major internal and external imbalances. But greater coordinated policy action is necessary for sustainable global growth, says a new analysis by IMF staff.
August 01, 2013 -- IMF Survey : IMF Urges Concerted Policy Action to Reduce Risks to Global Growth
If the world’s largest economies could make improvements in their policies in mutually reinforcing ways, they would lift global GDP over the longer run by as much as 3 percent, says a new analysis by the IMF.
June 14, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Ease Off Spending Cuts to Boost U.S. Recovery
The United States could spur growth by adopting a more balanced and gradual pace of fiscal consolidation, especially at a time when monetary policy has limited room to support the recovery further, the International Monetary Fund said after wrapping up its annual review of the world’s largest economy.
April 17, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Policymakers Should Address Old Financial Risks, Meet New Challenges
The global financial system is far more stable than it was six months ago, but a number of challenges remain. The International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report says that recent rallies in financial markets will not be sustained—and new risks are likely to emerge— unless policymakers address key vulnerabilities.
April 16, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Policy Actions Improve Prospects for Global Economy
The global economy is expected to continue mending gradually, says the IMF, whose latest forecast of economic growth projects 3.3 percent growth in 2013, and 4 percent in 2014. But with old dangers remaining and new risks emerging, policymakers cannot afford to relax their efforts.
February 22, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Demand for Tech-savvy Workers Fuels Inequality
Over the past several decades, advanced economies have seen a striking rise in inequality. In the United States, the top 0.1 percent of households receive more than 10 percent of national income—more than double the figure of 30 years ago.
February 14, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Canada: Growth Set to Strengthen in Second Half of 2013
After slowing down in 2012, the Canadian economy is expected to gain new momentum in 2013, the IMF said in its annual review of the country’s economy.
January 23, 2013 -- IMF Survey : Modest Growth Pickup in 2013, Projects IMF
Global growth will strengthen gradually in 2013, says the IMF in an update to its World Economic Outlook, as the constraints on economic activity start to ease this year. But the recovery is slow, and the report stresses that policies must address downside risks to bolster growth.
November 21, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Growth Is Key to Job Creation, IMF Conference Finds
How economic policy can reverse the sharp and persistent rise of unemployment since the start of the Great Recession was the focus of an IMF economic research conference. Participants discussed critical labor market problems to figure out the best way to create jobs and reduce inequality.
September 27, 2012 -- IMF Survey: History Offers Tips for Getting a Handle on Public Debt
Countries battling high public debt must combine policies that support economic growth with lasting changes in government spending and taxation, a chapter in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook concludes, amid widespread debate about the best way for governments to reduce public debt.
September 21, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Time to Get Beyond the Crisis, Says IMF's Lagarde
In order to move beyond the crisis in the eurozone and restore confidence in the global recovery, policymakers should implement agreed decisions that will help anchor medium-term expectations about economic policy, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a taped video interview.
September 17, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Global House Prices Still Showing Down Trend
U.S. house prices have started to pick up but globally prices are still on a down trend, according to IMF research. Price trends vary widely between countries, with Ireland, Greece, Portugal, and Spain seeing the biggest falls in the past year and Brazil and Germany, substantial increases.
August 02, 2012 -- IMF Survey: United States: IMF Sees Tepid Recovery from Crisis
The U.S. recovery continues to be tepid. At the same time, risks have intensified, including from the worsening of the euro area crisis as well as the uncertainty over domestic fiscal plans, says the IMF in its latest assessment of the world’s largest economy.
July 16, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Weak Global Recovery Depends on Progress in Europe and United States
An already sluggish global recovery shows signs of further weakness, mainly because of continuing financial problems in Europe and slower-than-expected growth in emerging economies, the IMF said in a regular update to the World Economic Outlook.
July 03, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Modest U.S. Recovery, But Europe a Key Risk
The U.S economy continues to recover at a tepid pace, while concerns about the euro area debt crisis and uncertainty over domestic fiscal plans are creating a challenging environment for the world’s largest economy, the IMF said after wrapping up its annual review of the U.S. economy.
June 14, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Rise of Inequality at Center of Global Economic Crisis
Since the onset of the global economic crisis, some have agonized about growing inequality in parts of the world. Economist Robin Wells blames increasing inequality for destructive spirals of social polarization. In an interview, Wells explains how growing inequality has pervaded all aspects of life.
June 01, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Country's Wealth Depends on Citizens' Share of National Pie
Why are some countries rich and others poor? James Robinson, coauthor of the newly published “Why Nations Fail”, argues that the wealth of a country is most closely tied to how far the average person is able to share in its overall economic growth.
May 30, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Examining the Crisis Five Years On
Five years after the first rumblings in the U.S. mortgage market presaged the greatest global financial crisis since the 1930s, the global economy remains in distress, with uncertainty still looming large, according to the new issue of the IMF’s quarterly magazine Finance & Development.
May 25, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Global Economy Learns to Absorb Oil Price Hikes
Despite a fourfold increase in oil prices over the past decade, the world has absorbed the price hikes with relatively little disruption due to fundamental changes in the workings of the global economy, and better policies to cope with the rise.
May 24, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Is Labor Compensation Still Falling in Advanced Economies?
A new IMF study finds that the share of national income received by labor has evolved quite differently across advanced economies since the start of the Great Recession, with the greatest losses observed in the United States, Greece, and Spain.
April 25, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Latin America Needs to Rebuild Resilience and Flexibility
Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to moderate in 2012, but will remain solid, the IMF says. In an assessment of the region, it said that despite downside risks, external financing and trade conditions are expected to remain favorable.
April 10, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Household Debt Holds Back Recoveries but Restructuring Can Help
The more households accumulate debt—mortgages, personal loans, and credit card debt—during a boom, the deeper the subsequent slump in the economy and the weaker the recovery, according to new IMF research published in the April 2012 World Economic Outlook.
March 09, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Debt Can Reshape Current Economic, Political Order—Coggan
Current debt levels, which have led to a sovereign debt crisis in Europe and turmoil in world markets, threaten to reshape our economic and political world order, says economist Phillip Coggan.
February 01, 2012 -- IMF Survey: IMF Study Examines Changing Patterns in Global Gas Markets
Recent developments in regional gas markets across the world point to important structural changes. But patterns in Europe and the United States are diverging, a new IMF study finds.
September 29, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Where Are the Jobs? Generation Y Asks
In many parts of the world unemployment rates for young people are alarmingly high, IMF Deputy Managing Director Nemat Shafik tells a seminar during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings. Shafik also notes that in most countries youth unemployment is much higher than average unemployment.
September 23, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Latin America Resilient, But Risks Are Growing
Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, expected to moderate to 4½ percent in 2011, is still strong but the uncertain global recovery could cause growth rates in the region to fall further, said Nicolás Eyzaguirre, Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department.
September 23, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Cooperation Will Pay Off if World Acts Now—Lagarde
By acting together, and quickly, the world can address the crisis of confidence in the global economy and return to the path to recovery, IMF head Christine Lagarde tells the IMF–World Bank Annual Meetings, adding that risks have increased sharply amid a weak, uneven recovery.
September 23, 2011 -- IMF Survey: World Economy Seen at Tipping Point in BBC Debate
Political vision and leadership is needed to help the world out of the current economic impasse, panelists agreed at a BBC debate organized as part of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings.
September 21, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Global Financial System Risks Escalate
Financial stability risks have risen sharply in recent months, as slower economic growth, financial market turbulence in Europe, and the credit downgrade of the United States have weighed on the global financial system, the IMF says in its latest Global Financial Stability Report.
September 20, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Weak and Bumpy Global Recovery Ahead
The global economic recovery is slowing, and the world economy is in a dangerous new phase, the IMF says in its latest forecast. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook says strong, coordinated action is necessary to avert a decade of lost growth in the advanced economies.
July 26, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Three Ways to Unlock Strong, Stable, Balanced Growth
Three major challenges—sovereign debt, growth, and social instability—currently confront the world economy, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde tells a New York City audience. These challenges are intimately intertwined, and only by solving all three can the world unlock strong, stable, and balanced global growth.
July 22, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Central America Grapples with Policy Responses to Global Risks
Economic growth in Central America—home to approximately 40 million people—is expected to be about 4 percent in 2011, but rising energy prices and the tepid recovery in the United States are creating a challenging environment for the region’s policymakers.
June 29, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Tepid U.S. Recovery Poses Challenge for Policy Balance
The U.S. economy continues to recover at a modest pace, but has hit a soft patch. Concerns about risks, including the lack of a credible deficit reduction plan, persist, the IMF said after wrapping up its annual review of the world’s largest economy.
June 17, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Global Growth Hits Soft Patch, Expected to Rebound
The global economy, hit by slowdowns in Japan and the United States, is expected to reaccelerate in the second half of the year, but growth remains unbalanced and concerted action by major economies is needed to avoid lurking dangers, the IMF says in its latest forecast.
June 10, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Supporting Aging Populations as Demographics Shift
Demographic changes are threatening the ability of many countries to provide a decent standard of living for the old without imposing a crushing burden on the young, says the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine in a cover story. The world’s population is projected to rise to 9 billion by 2050.
May 05, 2011 -- IMF Survey: U.S. Unemployment: Matching Skills to Jobs
With the onset of economic recovery in the United States, unemployment has started to fall, but quite slowly, and long-term unemployment remains alarmingly high. The slow pace of labor market recovery has sparked concerns about whether deeper structural factors are impeding the recovery.
April 18, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Governments' Role in Economy at Heart of Debts, Deficits Debate
The current discussion about countries cutting public debts and deficits has reopened the larger philosophical debate about the role of government in a country's economy.
April 12, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Governments Need to Tackle Fiscal Risks, Says IMF
The outlook for government debts and deficits in 2011 is mixed, as most advanced economies rein in fiscal deficits but not fast enough to stop their debt rising, the IMF says in its latest review of public spending and government debt and deficits around the world.
March 23, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Rising Oil Prices Highlight Need for Diversification
World oil prices are back above $100 a barrel, more than double levels two years ago, but increased diversification of energy supplies has given many economies greater resilience to price fluctuations. However, countries remain vulnerable to supply disruptions and extreme oil price volatility.
November 05, 2010 -- IMF Survey: IMF Board Approves Far-Reaching Governance Reforms
The IMF’s Executive Board approves far-reaching reforms of the way the IMF is run, a week before the Leaders of the Group of Twenty industrialized and emerging market economies are due to meet in Seoul, Korea, to discuss how best to strengthen the global recovery.
November 03, 2010 -- IMF Survey: New Rules Will Curb Risks in U.S. and European Banks
New international banking rules designed to make the global financial system safer, known as Basel III, will rein in riskier investment banking activities in the United States and Europe, according to a study from the International Monetary Fund.
October 23, 2010 -- IMF Survey: G-20 Ministers Agree ‘Historic’ Reforms in IMF Governance
Ministers of the Group of Twenty industrialized and emerging market economies agree on proposed reforms that will shift country representation at the IMF toward large, dynamic emerging market and developing countries. European members of the IMF’s Executive Board will make room for more emerging market representation.
October 08, 2010 -- IMF Survey: Larger Latin American Economies Recovering Faster than Expected
Latin American countries are recovering more strongly than expected from the global recession, but the pace of that recovery varies across the region, said Nicolás Eyzaguirre, Director of the IMF's Western Hemisphere Department.
October 08, 2010 -- IMF Survey: Bouncing Between Floors? Globally, House Prices are Up and Down
Real estate markets have been a source of strength during past economic recoveries, but this time is different, according to IMF research.
September 08, 2010 -- IMF Survey: Prescient Pundits Deconstruct Forces, Actors Shaping Crisis
The global financial crisis has been analyzed, scrutinized, and deconstructed from almost every angle since it erupted in 2007. But two books published in 2010 by eminent authors Raghuram Rajan and Sebastian Mallaby show that there are still fresh areas to explore.
July 30, 2010 -- IMF Survey: U.S. Banks Stronger, Still Need More Capital
In the wake of the global financial crisis, the United States financial system is stable but risks remain, and implementing reforms recently signed into law is the next challenge, according to the IMF's first detailed assessment of the world's largest financial system.
July 08, 2010 -- IMF Survey: U.S. Economy Recovering, Debt And Unemployment Next Challenges
The United States economy is recovering after the global economic crisis, but consumers and financial institutions remain cautious, and the government faces the challenges of high unemployment and stabilizing debt levels, the IMF said on July 8 in its annual review of the world's largest economy.
February 01, 2010 -- IMF Survey: Crisis Alters Pattern of U.S. Consumption
U.S. households are saving more and spending less of their total income, in reaction to the global crisis, according to a new IMF study.
November 10, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Experts Warn Financial System Risks Still High
Governments need to rethink how the financial sector intersects with the broader economy if future crises are to be avoided, economists agreed at a panel discussion at the International Monetary Fund’s recently held Economic Forum.
September 21, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Close Ties Led to Crisis in World’s Five Major Economies
Integrated financial and banking systems and close trade ties were major factors in spreading the worst financial crisis in 60 years, a new IMF study finds.
August 18, 2009 -- IMF Survey: U.S. Proposal to Extend Financial Regulation Breaks New Ground
The proposal by the United States to bring under stronger supervision large, systemically important firms, such as insurance companies and other financial institutions that are not banks, breaks new ground, the IMF said.
July 08, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Recession Loosens Grip But Weak Recovery Ahead
The global economy is beginning to pull out of a recession unprecedented in the post–World War II era and risks to the global financial system have moderated, but stabilization is uneven and the recovery is expected to be sluggish, according to the IMF’s latest forecast.
June 24, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Households Hit Hard by Wealth Losses
The financial crisis has erased a considerable amount of household wealth in many advanced economies. The precipitous fall in asset prices—across equity, bond, and housing markets—has eroded the value of financial and housing assets and the net worth of households, according to IMF research.
June 18, 2009 -- IMF Survey: U.S. Congress Vote Marks Big Step For IMF Reform, Funding
Approval by the U.S. Congress of a package of measures related to the IMF boosts international funding to combat the global economic crisis and marks a significant step forward in reforming the intergovernmental institution as it channels assistance to countries hit by the financial turmoil.
June 15, 2009 -- IMF Survey: U.S. Economy Seen Stabilizing, But Risks Remain
A strong monetary and fiscal policy response is supporting the U.S. economy, but the immediate outlook remains weak, with a solid recovery beginning in the middle of next year, the IMF said after wrapping up its annual review of the world’s largest economy.
April 21, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Further Action Needed to Reinforce Signs of Market Recovery: IMF
An unprecedented policy response to the global economic crisis is gradually beginning to restore market confidence, the IMF says. But in its semiannual Global Financial Stability Report the IMF warns that the challenges to restoring financial stability remain significant.
March 19, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Advanced Economies to Contract Sharply in 09, Upturn Next Year--IMF
Despite major stimulus packages announced by advanced economies and several emerging markets, trade volumes have shrunk rapidly, while production and employment data suggest that global activity continues to contract in the first quarter of 2009, the IMF says in a new assessment of the global economy.
February 12, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Latin America Can Minimize Crisis Impact
Latin American countries should do more to limit the impact of the crisis, and some may request financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund, the IMF's new Western Hemisphere Department Director Nicolas Eyzaguirre says in an interview.
February 12, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Focus Now on Applying Stimulus, IMF Says Ahead of G-7
IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn says advanced countries must now focus on getting their economies moving again by implementing the stimulus packages they have announced, as well as cleaning up their financial sectors.
February 12, 2009 -- IMF Survey: IMF Advice Helps Fight Financial Fraud as Schemes Multiply
Better communications, more financial complexity, and multinational business operations have made it a lot easier to commit financial fraud, and the IMF is advising a growing number of member governments on ways to thwart fraudulent financial schemes.
February 06, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Stimulus Measures Bolstering Demand Amid Crisis, IMF Says
Most of the world's leading advanced and emerging market economies have adopted stimulus measures to counter the growing financial and economic crisis, according to an analysis by the IMF that estimates the collective impact on growth of around ½ -1¼ percentage points.
January 21, 2009 -- IMF Survey: World Faces Deepening Crisis, IMF Chief Warns
The world faces a deepening economic crisis, with the slowdown in advanced economies now spreading to major emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil, warns IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
January 14, 2009 -- IMF Survey: IMF Helping Counter Crisis Fallout in Emerging Europe
The financial crisis has hit Europe hard. In an interview, IMF European Department head Marek Belka talks about Europe's prospects for recovery and the principles that guide the Fund as it seeks to help Europe's emerging economies counter the fallout of the crisis.
December 30, 2008 -- IMF Survey: Laissez-Faire States are Keynesian Now: How Refreshing!
U.S. economic orthodoxy once shunned government intervention and glorified laissez-faire policies. It is refreshing and edifying that the United States and some other developed economies have welcomed the Keynesian proposition of government involvement in business, writes Resa Imbuye.
December 03, 2008 -- IMF Survey: Latin America: Greater Resilience to Shocks
A new book from the IMF looks at Latin America's economic relationship with the United States and other important economic regions. It finds that these links have undergone profound change.
November 09, 2008 -- IMF Survey: IMF Urges World Leaders to Counter Global Slowdown
IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn urges leaders of the G-20 industrialized and developing economies to take action to help counter the global economic slowdown as ministers from systemically important countries agreed on the need for a coordinated response.
October 27, 2008 -- IMF Survey: Latin America, Caribbean Grapple With Global Crisis
The outlook for the Latin America and Caribbean region is increasingly clouded by the global financial turmoil and policymakers face tough choices, the IMF says in its latest regional outlook.
October 21, 2008 -- IMF Survey: Putting Georgia on a Path to Recovery
In an interview, Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze of Georgia talks about the impact of the recent armed conflict, the need for financial support, and how his country must continue the reforms that transformed Georgia's economy.