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Redesigning Argentina’s Economic Landscape

By | November 21st, 2016|Economic research, Fiscal policy, Government, growth, inflation, International Monetary Fund, Reform|

By Roberto Cardarelli

Versions in Português (Portuguese), and Español (Spanish)

Most people know Argentina as the land of tango, Malbec, and some of the greatest soccer players of all times. But Argentina is also famous for being home to some of the most diverse and extreme landscapes of the world—from subtropical rainforests and Iguazu Falls in the north to the glaciers of Perito Moreno in the south, and from the lowest site in South America (Laguna del Carbón) to the highest elevation in the Americas (Aconcagua mountain).

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Global Growth Plateaus as Economic Risks Materialize

By | October 8th, 2018|Advanced Economies, Africa, Annual Meetings, Asia, China, developing countries, Emerging Markets, Europe, inclusive growth, Interest Rates, labor markets, Latin America, Low-income countries, U.S.|

By Maurice Obstfeld

October 9, 2018

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Uncertainty over trade policy is becoming a drag on economic activity (photo: Imagine China/Newscom)

The latest World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over 2018–19 at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent. This growth exceeds that achieved in any of the years between 2012 and 2016. It occurs as many economies have reached or are nearing full employment and as earlier deflationary fears have dissipated. Thus, policymakers still have an excellent opportunity to build resilience and implement growth-enhancing reforms.

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Central Bank Credibility Pays Off in Times of Stress

By | October 3rd, 2018|Advanced Economies, Annual Meetings, banking, Emerging Markets, monetary policy|

By Rudolfs Bems, Francesca Caselli, Francesco Grigoli, Bertrand Gruss, and Weicheng Lian

October 3, 2018

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Shopping center in Warsaw, Poland: emerging market economies have been able to bring down inflation to a low level (photo: Caro/Bastian/Newscom)

Since the mid-2000s, inflation in emerging market economies has been remarkably low and stable, in sharp contrast to the 1990s. Continue reading “Central Bank Credibility Pays Off in Times of Stress” »

Back to School Blogs

By | September 7th, 2018|Advanced Economies, developing countries, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Europe, Finance, Globalization, inclusive growth, International Monetary Fund, technology, trade|

By IMFBlog

September 7, 2018 

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Girls on their first day of school: our latest blog helps you catch up on all the news of the summer (Shadi Jarar'ah/Newscom)

As your list of things to do gets longer and the days grow shorter, you know summer is fading, just like your tan.

To help you quickly catch up on the news and policy debates of the summer—if you live in the Northern Hemisphere—our editors have put together a list of our top reads on economics and finance.  Continue reading “Back to School Blogs” »

Jesse Siminitz

By | August 9th, 2018|

Jesse Siminitz is a research analyst in the European Department at the IMF, currently focused on financial and monetary-related issues on the euro area team. Previously, he engaged in Article IV missions to Montenegro, publishing policy papers related to pension reform, municipal government, and external competitiveness. He also worked in the Western Hemisphere department at the IMF, covering Argentina and Uruguay. His research interests include fiscal policy and international finance. Mr. Siminitz holds a M.S. in Economics from North Carolina State University.

Outlook for the Americas: A Tougher Recovery

By | July 23rd, 2018|Advanced Economies, Emerging Markets, Latin America|

By Alejandro Werner

July 23, 2018

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Street vendors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: While growth is accelerating in some parts of Latin America, the recovery has become tougher for some of the largest economies (photo: Oliver Wintzen/Robert Harding/Newscom)

Economic activity in Latin America continues to recover. Following the pickup in domestic demand led by consumption in 2017, investment is finally gathering strength. Continue reading “Outlook for the Americas: A Tougher Recovery” »

Shifting Tides: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the G-20

By | July 18th, 2018|Advanced Economies, Europe, Global Governance, Globalization, trade, U.S.|

By Christine Lagarde

July 18, 2018

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Cars to be shipped abroad, Jiangsu, China: trade tariffs have gone into effect and export orders have decreased (photo: Imagine China/Newscom)

The artist Claude Monet once said, “I worked without stopping, for the tide at this moment is just as I need it.” As the Group of Twenty finance ministers gather this week at the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires they should be inspired by the words of Monet, and take advantage of global growth before the tides change. Continue reading “Shifting Tides: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the G-20” »

Addressing the Dark Side of the Crypto World

By | March 13th, 2018|Advanced Economies, banking, capital markets, commodities, Corporate Risk, Economic research, Financial markets, financial policy, Financial regulation, Global Governance, Investment, technology, Transition|

By Christine Lagarde

March 13, 2018

Versions in  عربي (Arabic),  中文 (Chinese), Français (French),  baˈhasa indoneˈsia (Indonesian),  日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian)

The same reason crypto-assets like Bitcoin are so appealing is also what makes them dangerous (iStock by GettyImages).

Whether Bitcoin’s value goes up or Bitcoin’s value goes down, people around the world are asking the same question: What exactly is the potential of crypto-assets?

The technology behind these assets—including blockchain—is an exciting advancement that could help revolutionize fields beyond finance. It could, for example, power financial inclusion by providing new, low-cost payment methods to those who lack bank accounts and in the process empower millions in low-income countries. Continue reading “Addressing the Dark Side of the Crypto World” »

Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018: An Economic Recovery in the Making

By | January 25th, 2018|Caribbean, commodities, Economic outlook, Employment, exports, Financial Crisis, Fiscal policy, Globalization, Government, housing, imports, income, inflation, International Monetary Fund, Latin America, monetary policy, Politics, South America, trade, U.S., Uncategorized, wages|

By Alejandro Werner

January 25, 2018

Versions in Español (Spanish) and Português (Portuguese)

Latin America’s economic recovery is expected to benefit from higher commodity prices (photo: iStock by Getty Images)

Recent trends in the world economy and financial markets are good news for Latin America. Global growth and trade are on an upswing, and we expect the momentum to continue in 2018. Stronger commodity prices have also helped the region rebound. Continue reading “Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018: An Economic Recovery in the Making” »

The Year in Review: Global Economy in 5 Charts

By | December 17th, 2017|Advanced Economies, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Employment, International Monetary Fund, Oil, trade, unemployment, wages|

By Oya Celasun, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, and Maurice Obstfeld

December 18, 2017

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On the economic front, 2017 is ending on a high note (photo: allstars/shutterstock).

It has been a tumultuous year marked by natural disasters, geopolitical tensions, and deep political divisions in many countries.

On the economic front, however, 2017 is ending on a high note, with GDP continuing to accelerate over much of the world in the broadest cyclical upswing since the start of the decade. Continue reading “The Year in Review: Global Economy in 5 Charts” »

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