IMFSurvey Magazine: Policy
August 07, 2014
Transparency is critical for effective fiscal management, and helps ensure that governments have an accurate picture of their finances when making economic decisions, including of the costs and benefits of policy changes and potential fiscal risks.
August 06, 2014
Effective administration of public revenues derived from the petroleum and mining industries gets a boost with the release of a new IMF handbook. Policymakers and government officials in charge of administering oil, gas and mining revenues now have practical guidelines at their disposal.
July 29, 2014
The job of reducing external imbalances is not complete, says an updated analysis by IMF staff. The 2014 Pilot External Sector Report recognizes substantial progress relative to the pre-crisis peak imbalances, but sees much smaller progress more recently, and some cases of widening imbalances.
June 20, 2014
The IMF continues to consider ways to improve its lending policies for countries experiencing sovereign debt distress so that the costs of crisis resolution can be minimized for debtors, creditors, and ultimately the international financial system.
June 12, 2014
As the global environment turns less supportive and productivity gains of the last decade fade, growth in emerging markets will have to come from new engines, supported by a new wave of structural reforms, a new IMF study says.
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 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.
July 31, 2014
Fiscal policies should be center stage in getting energy prices to reflect the harmful and environmental side effects associated with energy use, according to a new report released by the IMF.
July 29, 2014
As the global economy shifts from crisis to recovery mode, the changing growth patterns—with advanced economies generally recovering and emerging markets slowing on a broad basis—carry new spillover risks, says the IMF staff.
June 09, 2014
The IMF must provide high-quality fiscal services to its members, especially through technical assistance and capacity building work, says Vitor Gaspar, the new Director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department.
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.