News, views, and analysis from the IMF
Reserves—in foreign currency, plus gold, held by central bank—have important place in policy toolkit of most economies (photo: Kamran Jebreili/AP/Corbis)
April 24, 2015
The IMF develops a new framework for determining the appropriate level of international reserves held by its member countries, emphasizing the need to take account of the specific needs of different types of economies. In addition to important benefits, reserves also have costs.
In the News
April 09, 2015
To prevent a period of protracted low growth from taking hold, policymakers should work together to pick up the pace of the recovery and create more growth now and in the future, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a speech at the Atlantic Council on April 9.
April 07, 2015
Since the onset of the global financial crisis, many economies have faced lower growth in their productive capacity, which may slow the rise of living standards in the future, according to a new study by the IMF.
February 26, 2015
Today’s job market demands more specialized skills, with migration and technology helping—not hurting—chances of high-quality employment, according to the March 2015 issue of Finance & Development (F&D) magazine.
IMF Survey Interview
December 22, 2014
While banks in the GCC countries are generally well capitalized, it is difficult for them to have a truly diversified credit portfolio given the structure of their economies, which exposes them to risks that require a greater amount of scrutiny, a new IMF study finds.
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
April 07, 2015
Pakistan has succeeded in stabilizing its economy, but steady implementation of reforms will be vital if the country hopes to find a place among the world’s fast-growing emerging markets, the IMF says.
April 03, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a $918 million loan to Ghana to support a reform program aimed at faster growth and job creation while protecting social spending. The three-year financing package backs a plan that was agreed in principle by an IMF staff team in February.
March 30, 2015
Improving access to financial services can make a difference in Africa’s economic performance, Central African policymakers hear at a conference on financial inclusion in the region held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
April 08, 2015
Even simple investment funds such as mutual funds can pose financial stability risks, and regulators need to know more about them through hands-on supervision, and better data and oversight, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund.
April 08, 2015
International banks now rely relatively more on lending by foreign affiliates than on cross-border lending. This development may have made financial systems in host countries safer, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund.
March 23, 2015
Amid concerns over a “new mediocre” in the global economy, trade should be seen as an integral part of the plan for increasing global growth over the medium term, the IMF says in its regular five-year review of trade, that also discusses key issues for the IMF’s work agenda.