News, views, and analysis from the IMF
Euro sign in Frankfurt, Germany. Strong policy actions by the European Central Bank have boosted confidence, improved financial conditions (photo: Borisa Roessler/epa/Corbis)
July 27, 2015
In the News
July 09, 2015
Moderate growth continues, with global growth forecast to be slightly down for 2015, reflecting an unexpected setback to economic activity in the first quarter of 2015, mostly in North America, says the IMF’s latest WEO Update.
June 18, 2015
On average, about 30 percent of the potential value of public investment is lost to inefficiencies in the investment process, and closing this efficiency gap could substantially increase the economic dividends from public investment.
June 17, 2015
Lifting the “small boats” of the poor and middle class can build both a fairer society and a stronger economy, IMF head Christine Lagarde says, telling a Brussels conference that growing and excessive inequality has become a problem for economic growth and development.
IMF Survey Interview
June 23, 2015
Cyprus has made good progress in implementing its economic program, notably reforms to ease the burden of bad loans. In the first quarter of 2015, the nation returned to positive growth for the first time in four years.
December 09, 2014
The decline in economic growth in the euro area due to the financial crisis accounts for half the increase in youth unemployment in the region, according to IMF staff research released today.
November 17, 2014
Improving the efficiency of public infrastructure investment across many oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa and the Caucasus and Central Asia is now more important than ever, a new IMF study says.
What the Numbers Show
Did You Know?
The world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion this year to over 9 billion in 2050. But low fertility combined with the fact that people are living longer means that 1.25 billion elderly (ages 60+) and 1 billion working-age adults will be added to the global population by 2050, while the number of people younger than 25 will hold steady at 3 billion.
Countries & Regions
July 07, 2015
A ten-year, multibillion-dollar plan to upgrade Uganda’s transportation network and power generation is poised to benefit the east African nation’s citizens and those of neighboring countries, IMF economists say in their regular review of the Ugandan economy.
July 07, 2015
Despite a slowdown in growth during the first few months of 2015, the U.S. economy is strengthening and there are steady gains in job creation, the IMF said in its annual review on the state of the U.S. economy.
July 06, 2015
Vanuatu’s low public debt, and ample foreign exchange reserves, combined with international assistance, are helping the island nation deal with the fallout from the destructive tropical cyclone that swept through the country in mid-March.
July 08, 2015
The IMF approved a package of proposals to enhance financial support and intensify its policy advice, technical assistance and capacity building in strategic areas to better assist developing countries in their pursuit of the post-2015 SDGs.
July 07, 2015
Banks in the United States appear healthier and stronger than five years ago, but they are also bigger and more interconnected, and new risks have emerged in financial institutions like mutual funds and insurance companies, according to the IMF’s latest in-depth assessment of the world’s largest financial system.
July 01, 2015
A focus on inclusive politics, effective governance, and fiscal health offers a way to overcome fragility in sub-Saharan Africa, an IMF staff report says. Still, given the multiple sources of fragility, fragile countries find it very difficult to build resilience, the study adds.