The IMF 30 Years After Brady

2019-04-29T11:04:47-05:00April 11, 2019|

By Rhoda Weeks-Brown and Martin Mühleisen

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Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the announcement of the “Brady plan”. In response to the 1980s Latin American debt crisis, this plan, named after then US Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady, allowed countries to exchange their commercial bank loans for bonds backed by US Treasuries, bringing an end to a tumultuous period with possible systemic consequences for the global banking system at the time. (more…)

Top 10 Charts of the Week for 2018

2019-03-13T10:20:47-05:00January 7, 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

2019-03-13T10:35:33-05:00January 2, 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

2019-03-13T10:39:54-05:00December 28, 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…)

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