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Top 10 Charts of the Week for 2018

January 7th, 2019|

By IMFBlog

January 7, 2019

Looking ahead (photo: Newsis/Reuters/Newscom)

A picture is worth a thousand words.  The portraits of the global economy in our Chart of the Week series have proven a hit, and to help you start the year with just the right facts and figures, we have pulled together your top reads of 2018.  (more…)

New Data on Global Debt

January 2nd, 2019|

January 2, 2019

Pedestrians in the snow in Tokyo, Japan: the country is one of the top three borrowers in the world (photo: Morio Taga/Newscom)


Until recently, we had a partial view of global debt. Our new update to the IMF’s Global Debt Database, first made public in May 2018, now fills even more of the gaps. We have compiled data on public and private debt for 190 countries, dating back to 1950, which now includes the latest numbers for 2017.

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Top 10 Blogs of 2018

December 28th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

December 28, 2018

New Year’s eve fireworks in London, England: read our top ten blogs of 2018 (photo: Ben Cawthra/Newscom)

In 2018, the blogs that caught our readers’ collective eye were about the enduring forces molding the global economy: Brexit, crypto assets, debt, and housing prices, to name a few.  (more…)

Chart of the Week: Mexico’s Spike in Crime Hurts the Economy

December 18th, 2018|

By Christian Saborowski

December 18, 2018

(Español, Português)

A woman sells street food at a market stall in Mexico City, Mexico: the country’s spike in crime is hurting small businesses’ profitability (photo: Jonah_Photos/iStock)

The human and economic costs of crime in Mexico have risen to historic highs. 2017 was Mexico’s most violent year on record with over 25,000 homicides—a 50 percent jump since 2015. (more…)

Five Actions to Strengthen the Euro Area Banking Union

December 14th, 2018|

By Atilla Arda, Daniel Hardy, and Maike B. Luedersen

December 14, 2018

Français, Italiano

View of skyscrapers in the banking district in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Progress has been made, but more needs to be done to strengthen the euro area’s banking union (photo: imageBROKER/Stefan Ziese/Newscom)

Dealing with problem banks in a prompt, efficient, and even-handed manner is essential for the European banking union. (more…)

Chart of the Week: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth—A Tale of Different Experiences

December 13th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

December 13, 2018

Villagers of Moruleng mining community in South Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa countries can see an increase in growth by relying less on commodities and more on non-resource intensive investments. (Photo: SIPHIWE SIBEKI/Reuters/Newscom)

The story of Africa’s growth rate over recent years is a tale with several story lines.  (more…)

Top 5 Blogs on Climate Change

December 12th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

December 12, 2018

An arctic fox: climate change means Arctic ice has declined by 95 percent, according to recent science (photo: National Geographic/Newscom)

Mother Nature is trying to tell us something.  As the heat literally rises in so many ways, people have gathered in Poland for the United Nation’s latest Climate Summit, known as the COP24.  (more…)

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