Posted on March 21, 2016 by iMFdirect
By Cheng Hoon Lim
(Version in Français)
Canada’s housing market is sizzling hot and the Bank of Canada has a monetary policy dilemma: increase interest rates to cool the housing market would hurt borrowers and the economy; keep interest rates low adds fuel to the borrowing that led to the rise in housing prices and in household debt. What to do?
Filed under: Advanced Economies, banking, Financial regulation, housing, IMF, International Monetary Fund | Tagged: Bank of Canada, Canada, financial stability, GDP, house prices, household debt, housing market, IMF, iMFdirect, monetary policy, mortgages | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 24, 2016 by iMFdirect
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Shanghai will welcome finance ministers and central bank governors for the first ministerial meeting under China’s Group of Twenty presidency this weekend. The meeting comes at a critical time for the global economy. A note by IMF staff prepared as background for the G20 meeting, Global Prospects and Policy Challenges, points to a tepid recovery, and warns that weaker global growth might well be in the cards. This calls for a strong policy response, both national and multilateral, including from the G20.
Filed under: Economic research, G-20, Globalization, growth, IMF, International Monetary Fund, refugees | Tagged: China, G20, Globalization, growth, IMF, iMFdirect, International Monetary Fund, monetary policy, recovery, refugees, spillovers, surveillance | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 20, 2016 by iMFdirect
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Technology and finance have always gone together. So what’s new this time around? Virtual currencies are part of a broader tech revolution that is driving fundamental change in the global economy.
Filed under: Finance, Financial markets, Financial regulation, International Monetary Fund, technology | Tagged: Bitcoin, currency, Davos, distributed ledgers, finance, financial inclusion, financial stability, global economy, history of money, IMF, monetary policy, technology, United States, virtual currency, virtual currency regulation | 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.
Filed under: Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, growth, International Monetary Fund | Tagged: bonds, capital flows, emerging markets, foreign exchange, IMF, interest rates, macroeconomic models, monetary policy, Olivier Blanchard, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Carlos Caceres, Yan Carrière-Swallow, and Bertrand Gruss
(Versions in Español and Português)
As the U.S. Federal Reserve prepares to raise policy rates for the first time in almost a decade, Latin America is in the midst of a sharp downturn with unemployment on the rise. In this context, many central banks across the region have kept interest rates low to support economic activity. But can monetary policy stay that way as global rates rise? What will the Fed liftoff imply for the region?
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Finance, Financial Crisis, Fiscal policy, growth, IMF, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Latin America | Tagged: interest rates, Latin America, Mexico, monetary policy, Peru, Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere, spillovers, U.S. Federal Reserve, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 6, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Maurice Obstfeld
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Today, we released the October 2015 World Economic Outlook.
Our forecasts come at a moment when the world economy is at the intersection of at least three powerful forces.
First, China’s economic transformation – away from export- and investment-led growth and manufacturing, in favor of a greater focus on consumption and services. This process, however necessary and healthy in the longer term, has near-term implications for China’s growth and its relations with its trade partners.
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Annual Meetings, Asia, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Europe, growth, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Investment, Latin America, Reform | Tagged: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, commodiity prices, deflation, emerging markets, exchange rate, forecast, investment, Japan, Latin America, Maurice Obstfeld, monetary policy, Norway, Russia, trade, United States, WEO, World Economic Outlook | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 1, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Selim Elekdag and Gaston Gelos
Debt held by firms in emerging market economies in a currency other than their own poses extra complications these days. When the U.S. Fed does eventually raise interest rates, the accompanying further strengthening of the U.S. dollar will mean an emerging market’s own currency will depreciate against the higher value of the U.S. dollar, and would make it increasingly difficult for firms to service their foreign currency-denominated debts if they have not been properly hedged.
In the latest Global Financial Stability Report, we find that firms in emerging markets that have increased their debt-to-assets ratios have generally also increased their overall sensitivity to changes in the exchange rate—commonly called exchange-rate exposure.
Filed under: Annual Meetings, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Finance, Fiscal policy, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Investment, Reform | Tagged: Africa, Asia, construction, emerging markets, Europe, exchange rate, foreign exchange, GFSR, Global Financial Stability Report, interest rates, Latin America, Middle East, monetary policy, U.S. Fed | Leave a comment »