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Countries in the IMF Financial Spotlight in 2020

January 30, 2020|

By IMFBlog

In 2020, the IMF plans to assess the stability of twelve financial systems. Seven assessments are of jurisdictions with systemically important financial sectors (Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Korea, Norway, and the United States), for which it is mandatory to undergo financial stability assessments every five years. (more…)

Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean: New Challenges to Growth

January 29, 2020|

By Alejandro Werner

Español, Português

Economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean stagnated in 2019, continuing with the weak growth momentum of the previous five years and adding more urgency and new challenges to reignite growth. Indeed, real GDP per capita in the region has declined by 0.6 percent per year on average during 2014–2019—a sharp contrast from the commodity boom’s average increase of two percent per year during 2000–2013. (more…)

A Call for Vigilance After a Strong Year for Risky Assets

January 28, 2020|

By Tobias Adrian and Fabio Natalucci

عربي, 中文, Español, Français

While we have seen some recent volatility, many risky asset markets around the world had a spectacular year in 2019. Equity market indices were up just over 30 percent in the United States, close to 25 percent in Europe and China, and over 15 percent in emerging markets and Japan. Emerging-market sovereign debt, U.S. high-yield debt, and emerging-market corporate debt all had returns in excess of 12 percent. Remarkably, the fourth quarter of 2019 was especially strong in China and in emerging markets.

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Tentative Stabilization, Sluggish Recovery?

January 20, 2020|

By Gita Gopinath

عربي, 中文Español, Français, 日本語, PortuguêsРусский

In the October World Economic Outlook, we described the global economy as in a synchronized slowdown, with escalating downside risks that could further derail growth. Since then, some risks have partially receded with the announcement of a US-China Phase I trade deal and lower likelihood of a no-deal Brexit. (more…)

Ensuring the Benefits of Capital Flows in the Middle East

January 15, 2020|

By Jihad Azour and Ling Zhu

عربي, Français

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, emerging market economies have experienced a surge in capital flows in response to significant monetary easing by major central banks. Gross capital inflows to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have remained high compared to other emerging markets, but their composition has changed significantly, with a surge in portfolio flows (equity and bond instruments) and a decline in foreign direct investment. (more…)

Cybersecurity Threats Call for a Global Response

January 13, 2020|

By David Lipton

عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский 

Last March, Operation Taiex led to the arrest of the gang leader behind the Carbanak and Cobalt malware attacks on over 100 financial institutions worldwide. This law enforcement operation included the Spanish national police, Europol, FBI, the Romanian, Moldovan, Belarusian, and Taiwanese authorities, as well as private cybersecurity companies. Investigators found out that hackers were operating in at least 15 countries.

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Reduce Inequality To Create Opportunity

January 7, 2020|

By Kristalina Georgieva

عربي, Español, 中文Français, 日本語, Português, Русский

Over the past decade, inequality has become one of the most complex and vexing challenges in the global economy.

Inequality of opportunity. Inequality across generations. Inequality between women and men. And, of course, inequality of income and wealth . They are all present in our societies and—unfortunately— in many countries they are growing. (more…)

Top 10 Charts of the Week for 2019

December 30, 2019|

By IMFBlog

The decade is over and with it goes another year of insightful, thought-provoking, and dare we say clever, charts of the week brought to you by the IMF.

Everyone likes a great chart, right? So to get the new year started on the right foot, take a minute and look back at what caught your eye (or what you might have missed) in 2019. (more…)

Striking the Right Balance Between Sustainable Development and Sustainable Debt

December 19, 2019|

By Kristalina Georgieva

عربي, Español, 日本語, Português

Over the past two decades, sub-Saharan Africa has made considerable economic progress: extreme poverty levels have declined by one third; life expectancy has increased by a fifth; and real per capita income has grown by about 50 percent on average. Yet, sub-Saharan Africa is still only half-way to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. (more…)

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