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Elena Loukoianova

2018-10-18T12:41:12-05:00September 17, 2018|

Elena Loukoianova is a Deputy Division Chief in IMF’s Asia Pacific Department. In the IMF, she has been working on country and financial surveillance issues, financial inclusion, the use of financial technologies (fintech), financial stability issues, methodological and analytical issues of balance sheet analysis, macroprudential policies, analytical tools to assess and monitor systemic risks, and IMF programs. Her current country assignment is Australia, and she is a mission chief for Tonga. In 2008-10, she worked as a Director and Senior Economist (Russia and CIS) in Emerging Market Research in Barclays Capital, as well as a Senior Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Her current research focuses on political risks, household debt impact on economic policies, economic applications of blockchain, and systemic risks. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, England, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Ulyanovsk State University, Russia.

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Economic Preparedness: The Need for Fiscal Space

2019-03-14T10:06:20-05:00June 27, 2018|

By Vikram Haksar, Marialuz Moreno-Badia, Catherine Pattillo and Murtaza Syed

June 27, 2018

Versions in عربي中文Baˈhasa indoneˈsia,  日本語Português

Countries must assess the amount of room in their budgets for increasing spending or cutting taxes (photo: Martin Barraud/iStock by Getty Images)

How much leeway national policymakers have for increasing spending or cutting taxes has been hard to assess. (more…)

5 Things You Need to Know About the IMF and Climate Change

2019-03-14T10:35:05-05:00June 8, 2018|

By Ian Parry

June 8, 2018

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

A polar bear on shrinking ice in the Arctic: climate change means the world is getting hotter (photo: Sven-Erik Arndt/Newscom)

The world is getting hotter, resulting in rising sea levels, more extreme weather like hurricanes, droughts, and floods, as well as other risks to the global climate like the irreversible collapsing of ice sheets.  (more…)

Chart of the Week: Greenery and Prosperity

2019-03-14T11:46:08-05:00May 21, 2018|

By João Tovar Jalles and Prakash Loungani

May 21, 2018

Versions in  中文, Español, Français, 日本語,  Português 

Brandenburg, Germany: in three advanced economies—Germany, the United Kingdom, and France—emissions have fallen despite the increase in incomes (photo: Caro / Kaiser/Newscom).

Economic growth has traditionally moved in tandem with pollution. But can countries break this link and manage to grow while lowering pollution?


An Even-handed Approach to Crypto-Assets

2019-03-14T12:29:11-05:00April 16, 2018|

By Christine Lagarde

April 16, 2018

Versions in  عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian)

Healthcare companies are studying how to use the technology behind crypto assets to maintain confidential medical data (BSIphotos/Newscom).

The dizzying gyrations of crypto-assets such as Bitcoin invite comparisons with the tulip mania that swept Holland in the 17th century and the recent dot-com bubble. With more than 1,600 crypto-assets in circulation, it seems inevitable that many will not survive the process of creative destruction.

In my blog last month, I looked at the dark side of crypto-assets, including their potential use for money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Here, I want to examine the promise they offer. A judicious look at crypto-assets should lead us to neither crypto-condemnation nor crypto-euphoria. (more…)

Andrew Hodge

2018-04-16T11:07:11-05:00April 11, 2018|

Andrew Hodge is an economist in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. His main areas of research concern fiscal crises, the impact of fiscal policy on growth and the implications of population ageing for fiscal policy. Prior to joining the IMF, he served as economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Andrew holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.


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Policy Actions to Sustain Growth and Guard Against Risks

2019-03-14T14:29:58-05:00March 15, 2018|

By Christine Lagarde

March 15, 2018

Versions in عربي (Arabic),  中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French),  日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese)  Русский (Russian)

Even though the sun still shines on the global economy, there are more clouds on the horizon (iStock by GettyImages).

When the Group of Twenty finance ministers and central bank governors met last October, there was a sense of optimism about the global economic upswing and the opportunities for much-needed reforms.

When they meet again in Buenos Aires next week, their focus will be on the policies needed to protect this upswing against downside risks and bolster growth going forward.

The good news is that the growth momentum has continued to strengthen, involving three- quarters of the world economy.


Countries in the IMF Financial Spotlight in 2018

2019-03-14T15:50:09-05:00January 31, 2018|

By IMF Blog

January 31, 2018

Versions in عربي (Arabic),  中文 (Chinese), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Español (Spanish), Русский (Russian)

Financial sector assessments are showing that countries and financial systems are adapting better methods to monitor financial vulnerabilities (photo: Ingram Publishing/Newscom).

The IMF in 2018 will complete ten assessments of countries’ financial systems, to identify risks and propose policies to strengthen their financial stability. Three of this year’s reviews will be for countries with Systemically Important Financial Systems : Belgium, Brazil and Poland. In addition, IMF experts will assess the euro area’s financial stability. Other financial stability assessments will cover Armenia, Jamaica, Namibia, Peru, Romania, and Tanzania.


Nathan Porter

2017-12-27T17:28:48-05:00December 19, 2017|

Nathan Porter is the Deputy Chief of the Emerging Markets Division of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy and Review Department. In this role he has led work on the reform of the IMF’s lending instruments, efforts to strengthen the Global Financial Safety Net, as well as the assessment of international reserve needs and EM vulnerabilities and risks more generally. Previously, he worked on the IMF’s programs with Iceland and Ireland, and the teams covering China, Hong Kong, and a number of other Asia-Pacific economies. Before joining the IMF he worked at the Australian Treasury, and he holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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