Posted on December 20, 2016 by iMFdirect
By Maurice Obstfeld
Version inعربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian), and Español (Spanish)
After a year marked by financial turbulence, political surprises, and unsteady growth in many parts of the world, the Fed’s decision this month to raise interest rates for just the second time in a decade is a healthy symptom that the recovery of the world’s largest economy is on track.
The Fed’s action was hardly a surprise: markets had for weeks placed a high probability on last week’s move. But market developments preceding the Fed decision did surprise many market watchers. Continue reading
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Posted on November 1, 2016 by iMFdirect
By Maurice Obstfeld, Douglas Laxton, Yulia Ustyugova, and Hou Wang
For the past 25 years, Canada’s monetary policy framework has been working well. Headline inflation averaged 1.9 percent, 1994–2015, and long-term inflation expectations have been very well anchored to the 2 percent target (Chart 1).
Filed under: Advanced Economies, banking, Economic research, IMF, inflation targeting, International Monetary Fund, monetary policy, U.S. | Tagged: Bank of Canada, Bank of England, debt-to-GDP ratio, Dincer-Eichengreen transparency index, IMF, inflation targeting, interest rates, International Monetary Fund, monetary policy, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 28, 2016 by iMFdirect
By Vitor Gaspar, Maurice Obstfeld and Ratna Sahay
There are policy options to bring new life into anemic economic recoveries and to counteract renewed slowdowns. Our new paper, along with our co-authors, debunks widespread concerns that little can be done by policymakers facing a vicious cycle of (too) low growth, (too) low inflation, near-zero interest rates, and high debt levels.
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Posted on April 4, 2016 by iMFdirect
Today the IMF published some of its new research from the Global Financial Stability Report on two hot topics: emerging economies and the insurance sector in advanced economies. Here’s a quick take on the latest analysis. Continue reading
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Annual Meetings, China, Emerging Markets, IMF, International Monetary Fund | Tagged: Brazil, China, Global Financial Stability Report, insurance, interest rates, Mexico, South Africa | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 17, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Fabio Cortes
Current regulations only require U.S. and European bond mutual funds to disclose a limited amount of information about the risks they have taken using financial instruments called derivatives. This leaves investors and policymakers in the dark on a key issue for financial stability. Our new research in the October 2015 Global Financial Stability Report looks at just how much is at stake. Continue reading
Filed under: Economic research, Europe, Financial markets, International Monetary Fund, U.S. | Tagged: bonds, derivatives, financial markets, financial stability, Global Financial Stability Report, IMF, interest rates, leverage, market volatility, mutual funds, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 7, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Olivier Blanchard, Jonathan D. Ostry, Atish R. Ghosh, and Marcos Chamon
(Version in Español)
With the expected move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates before the end of the year, many are asking about the effects on emerging market countries. Will outflows increase, and how will this affect economic activity in emerging markets? To answer that, we need to know if capital inflows are in general expansionary or contractionary.
One would think that the question was settled long ago. But, in fact, it is not. It is a case where theory suggests one thing and practice another. The workhorse model of international macro (the Mundell-Fleming model), for example, suggests that, for a given monetary policy rate, inflows lead to an appreciation, and thus to a contraction in net exports—and a decrease in output. Only if the policy rate is decreased sufficiently can capital inflows be expansionary. Symmetrically, using a model along these lines, Paul Krugman argued in his 2013 Mundell-Fleming lecture that capital outflows are expansionary.
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