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Fed Bond-Buying Delivered ‘Significant’ Boost to U.S. Economy, IMF Researchers Say

?How much of a punch did the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies pack? Quite a wallop, two economists say in a new paper published Friday by the International Monetary Fund.

IMF Says South Korea Won Undervalued

The International Monetary Fund said South Korea's won currency could be up to 8% undervalued and urged authorities to refrain from intervening in currency markets.

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Roundtable Highlights a Global Problem

A gas platform run by a Norwegian oil company stands above the North Sea off the coast of Norway, June 8 2006. [AP File Photo] On April 11 in connection with the spring World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings taking place inShow More Summary

Secondary Sources Asia: Eichengreen on “Losing Interest”

A roundup of economic news on Asia and emerging markets from around the Web. --Losing Interest: Two of the world’s most prominent economic institutions, the International Monetary Fund and Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, recently warned that the global economy may be facing an extended period of low interest rates. Show More Summary

Deflation On The Mind

By John M. Mason: The International Monetary Fund cannot get its mind off of deflation. "The world's top financial officials stepped up warnings about low inflation during weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund, callingShow More Summary

IMF’s Lipton: Geopolitical Risks Cloud Global Recovery

The world’s top finance ministers and central bankers on Sunday wrapped up the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in which they grappled with a host of issues that threaten to destabilize the global economy. The IMFs No.2 official, David Lipton, sat down with The Wall Street Journal to discuss the key takeaways. Here are excerpts.

ECB Officials Keep Focus on New Measures To Support Euro Zone

The euro crisis has receded, but European Central Bank officials were still out in force during meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

Do You Believe The Global Economy Will Improve This Year?

By Steven Hansen: According to the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook, the global economy will improve in 2014-15 due to improving outlooks for the advanced economies. I wonder how this forecast was formulated. First, we should take a look at the previous forecasts by the IMF. Show More Summary

64% of World's Extreme Poor Live in Just 5 Countries

The World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continue to hold their annual spring meetings in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Thousands of government officials and and NGOs are there to discuss the global economy and international development. Gearing up for the event, the WBG released a new report Thursday. Show More Summary

Nigeria’s GDP Revision Highlights Rapid Economic Growth

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $354 billion last year, making it the second largest African economy behind South Africa. This past Sunday, for the first time in a decade, Nigeria’s statistician-general announced a revision in its GDP from 42.4 trillion naira to 80.2 trillion naira. Show More Summary

Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook

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The developed part of Europe is perking up, but the other part of the continent is anything but steady these days, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank say.

Bankrupting a nation--not the best way to achieve healthcare

This week, as the spring meetings are hosted by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., recent negligent and unaligned behavior from the World Bank's private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation,...Show More Summary

Search for yield is back, and this time it's serious

Here's an interesting statistic from the International Monetary Fund's latest "Global Financial Stability Report", which as its name implies, attempts to track developing risks within the financial system. High yield issuance among US corporates – junk debt in other words – over the past three years is more than double the amount recorded in the [...]

IMF: Ballooning Corporate Debt Risks Damage to Emerging Economies

Risky corporate debt in emerging economies has surpassed levels seen before the 2008 financial crisis, threatening to further jeopardize growth prospects in those countries, International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.

Wessel: The Likely Buzz at the IMF/World Bank Meetings

Finance ministers and central bankers from around the world descend on Washington this week, as they do every year at this time for the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Here's a quick guide to what's likely to be the buzz in the corridor:

IMF Urges China To Rein In Credit, Even If Growth Slows

Look out for a downgrade in China’s growth outlook if Beijing follows the International Monetary Fund's advice. The IMF says China’s financial problems are bad enough to warrant more aggressive action by authorities to rein in borrowing, even if it means lower growth than currently forecast.

IMF Forced Into U-Turn on Britain's Economic Plan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was forced into an embarrassing climbdown yesterday as it admitted Britain's 'Plan A' was working. Its Chief Economist said last year that Britain was "playing with fire" by adopting austerity but now they have upgraded growth figures. Show More Summary

In IMF Outlook, Asia Looks Good by Comparison

Global economic concerns appear to have shifted away from Asia for now. In its latest global economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund signaled out Brazil, Russia and South Africa for big downgrades to their growth forecasts. Meanwhile, the fund’s projections for India, China and Indonesia have improved.

IMF Cuts Japan Growth Forecast As Some 'Abenomics' Reforms Stall

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its 2014 growth forecast for Japan and warned that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must follow through on promised reforms to cement a turnaround in the world's number-three economy. In its World...Show More Summary

Is the international monetary system nearing collapse?

Yesterday, I finished reading James G. Rickards' new book, The Death of Money. It's a book that asks a lot of important questions. The book speculates about potential future changes to the international monetary system. Today, the main...Show More Summary

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