IMFSurvey Magazine: Policy
April 14, 2014
In an interview, Tharman Shanmugaratnam—Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and IMFC Chair—says that we are in a new phase of recovery requiring a new balance in policymaking, focused on building resilience in growth and jobs.
April 12, 2014
The IMFC stressed that countries should shift their focus from the short term to the medium term, with special emphasis on carrying out structural reforms that will support sustainable, balanced, and job-rich growth.
April 09, 2014
In many countries, public finances remain on edge as economies struggle to return to pre-crisis levels of economic growth, highlighting the need for growth-supporting fiscal reforms, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest Fiscal Monitor report.
March 31, 2014
Reforms since the global financial crisis have reduced, but not eliminated the implicit government subsidy afforded to banks considered “too important to fail” because their failure would threaten the stability of the financial system.
March 13, 2014
Growing inequality in recent years has put pressure on fiscal policy. While the question of how much redistribution the state should do rests with national governments, policy design has a critical bearing on the effects on efficiency and growth.
February 24, 2014
The IMF is seeking the views of civil society organizations on how to improve the effectiveness and traction of its surveillance—its role overseeing the international monetary system and monitoring the economic and financial policies of its 188 member countries.
January 13, 2014
The IMF has revamped its methodology to determine which countries are required to go under the financial microscope on a regular basis and added four new ones to the list: Poland, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. This brings to 29 the total number of countries to undergo mandatory financial sector assessments.
November 20, 2013
Great minds do not always think alike. And that is a good thing, especially when it comes to insights into paradigm-shifting events. An IMF conference provided such a forum to discuss recent research on financial crises.
October 11, 2013
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde outlined long-term trends facing the global economy and implications for the Fund in a keynote speech at the plenary session of the IMF-World Bank 2013 Meetings.
October 07, 2013
Central banks have the tools to limit volatility from an exit from the unconventional monetary policies that helped the global economy begin to recover after the financial crisis in 2008. But some market reactions remain beyond the control of central banks, and the exit could still be bumpy at times.
April 09, 2014
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.
March 31, 2014
The mix of investors in emerging market stocks and bonds has evolved considerably over the past 15 years, which has made capital flows and asset prices in these countries more sensitive to events outside their own borders, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund.
February 03, 2014
Similar to other advanced economy commodity-exporting countries, Canadian banks have been among the most profitable since 2008. But the country’s housing market is a potential risk to financial stability, according to the IMF’s latest assessment of the country’s financial sector.
December 12, 2013
The IMF’s top priority in the coming months is to break the cycle of subdued growth and recurrent market jitters and move toward securing strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth, according to the institution’s latest work program.
October 13, 2013
At the close of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, chair of the IMF’s policy-steering body, lays out a policy path for all countries for higher growth, incomes, and jobs.
October 10, 2013
After years of strong performance, emerging economies are experiencing a slowdown, and a new round of reforms will be necessary if growth is to be sustained in the face of a more challenging external environments, panelists told a seminar.
October 03, 2013
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.