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IMF Offers Free Access to Its Online Economic Data

From the start of 2015, the IMF has made its online economic data available to everyone free of charge. Users have access to a wealth of macroeconomic data covering all economic sectors of a large part of the IMF’s member countries.

Global Growth Revised Down, Despite Cheaper Oil, Faster U.S. Growth

Even with the sharp oil price decline—a net positive for global growth—the world economic outlook is still subdued, weighed down by underlying weakness elsewhere, says the IMF’s latest WEO Update.

Make 2015 ‘Year of Action and Political Leadership’—Lagarde

The year 2015 must be the “year of action” when policymakers redouble efforts to tackle deep-seated economic weaknesses and show greater political leadership on infrastructure investment, trade agreements, and climate change, IMF chief Christine Lagarde says.

Falling Oil Prices Hurt Exporters across Mideast, Central Asia

The steep decline in oil prices presents new economic realities for oil-exporting countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan and in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions, says the IMF in its update of the Regional Economic Outlook.

Another Year of Subpar Growth in Latin America

Regional growth will be just 1¼ percent in 2015, about the same low rate as in 2014 and almost 1 percentage point below last October’s forecast, says head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department Alejandro Werner in a blog.
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