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Ghana seen slashing budget deficit

Ghanaian Finance Minister Seth Terkper is set to outline plans today to rein in the budget deficit that may include spending cuts requested by the International Monetary Fund. ||| Accra - Ghanaian Finance Minister Seth Terkper is set...Show More Summary

ART CASHIN: Traders Are Passing Around A Hedge Fund Manager's Warning Of 'Powerful And Dangerous' Delusions

The Federal Reserve and its central bank peers around the world unleashed unprecedented amounts of monetary stimulus in its efforts to pull the economy out of the financial crisis. While growth remains anemic, we are no longer in crisis-mode. Show More Summary

IMF: Low oil prices to boost growth

The fall in oil prices to their lowest levels in more than three years should give a boost to the sagging world economy, the International Monetary Fund said. ||| Washington - The fall in oil prices to their lowest levels in more than three years should give a boost to the sagging world economy, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday. Show More Summary

US urges IMF to cancel debt of Ebola-hit countries

The United States has asked the International Monetary Fund to cancel $100 million (R1.12 billion) of the debts of the three West African countries devastated by the Ebola outbreak. ||| Washington - The United States has asked the International...Show More Summary

Today’s Financial Market Risk-Taking Looks a Lot Like 2006

Is the global economy experiencing pre-crisis déjà vu? Almost, the International Monetary Fund’s top financial adviser said recently.

Obama and Lagarde Head to the G-20 Facing a Shaky Global Economy

President Barack Obama and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde arrive in China and Australia for major leaders’ summits this week with a clear directive: The world’s largest economies must do more to stimulate growth...

Dollar Fundamentals Supportive, but Technicals are Stretched

The underlying driver of the foreign exchange market is the divergence between the US and the other high income countries. This was underscored in the past couple of weeks. Between the BOJ and the government's pension fund, monetary stimulus and capital outflows are set to accelerate from the world's third largest economy. Show More Summary

The zero lower bound has not been very severe

In December 2008, the Fed lowered the federal funds rate to essentially zero and has kept it there since then. This column argues that, contrary to traditional macroeconomic thinking, monetary policy has not been severely constrained by the zero bound until mid-2011. Show More Summary

IMF, U.S. Encourage ECB, Japan Monetary Stimulus

By Leigh Thomas and David Milliken PARIS (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund and the United States encouraged the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan toward greater monetary stimulus on Friday and urged governments around the world to do their share to encourage growth in their countries. Show More Summary

IMF: Zim’s economy at crossroads

Zimbabwe's economy is showing no signs of recovery after adverse weather, low exports and election year uncertainty shattered growth prospects, the International Monetary Fund said Friday. ||| Harare - Zimbabwe's economy is showing no...Show More Summary

Socialist, My Arse

Dominique Strauss-Khan, who features prominently in this report from The Guardian, was in a former life head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), having acquired this plum role as a leading and highly regarded French socialist.Show More Summary

What Does IMF’s Appointment of Crisis Veteran Say About Europe’s Economy?

If the International Monetary Fund’s latest economic appointment is any indication, Europe’s economy must still be in real trouble. IMF chief Christine Lagarde named Poul Thomsen, architect of the controversial Greek bailout and one the fund’s top crisis-fighters, to lead its European Department on Monday.

Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at Price

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Image by RT Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and allow Ukraine to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s...Show More Summary

Countries can learn from Cyprus' 2013 economic crash, according to Imperial report

In March 2013, Cyprus agreed to a €17 billion (£13.42 billion) international bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission (EC). The magnitude of the bailout was 100 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and also involved a bank bail in. Show More Summary

Five minutes with Christine Lagarde: ‘I’m not afraid of anything.’

Unlike so many grim or aloof suits around Washington, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde is one of the rare uber-powerful people who seems to be having a good time in the public eye. Whether giving speeches on the global economic outlook or power dining at Fiola Mare, the silver-haired Frenchwoman who heads the 188-nation organization comes off […]

What Can Emerging Markets Do to Protect Against Hot Money Flows? Not Much, Apparently

The International Monetary Fund has been warning for years that emerging markets must put their economic houses in order to avoid getting burned by “hot money” cash flows when global markets freak out.  (Like they might again in the unlikely event that the U.S. Federal Reserve changes its rate guidance Wednesday.) But it may not really matter.

In China, 10% Boost to Minimum Wage Cuts Jobs By 1%, Paper Says

A 10% increase in China’s minimum wage cuts employment by 1%, according to a new International Monetary Fund research paper.

World Bank Chief Lectures Audience: “Climate Change Is Like Ebola”

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim told an audience this week that “climate change is like Ebola.” The World Bank Chief was speaking at the annual meeting with the International Monetary Fund. This is not the first time the World … Continue reading ?

Fears of 'Triple Dip Recession' in Eurozone Could Harm UK Growth

There is a fresh bout of fear over the economies which form the eurozone area following the announcement of growth statistics by the International Monetary Fund. At its annual meeting in Washington the talk was of concern that the area still had not recovered from previous recessions and may indeed slide into a new downturn. Show More Summary

Jean Tirole? Why did he receive the Nobel Prize in economics?

French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel Prize in economics Monday for his work on markets and regulation. Photo by Flickr user International Monetary Fund. It’s been quite the year for French economists. First the Thomas Piketty frenzy...Show More Summary

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