Posted on March 24, 2016 by iMFdirect
By Maurice Obstfeld, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, and Rabah Arezki
Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French),
日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian), Español (Spanish)
Oil prices have been persistently low for well over a year and a half now, but as the April 2016 World Economic Outlook will document, the widely anticipated “shot in the arm” for the global economy has yet to materialize. We argue that, paradoxically, global benefits from low prices will likely appear only after prices have recovered somewhat, and advanced economies have made more progress surmounting the current low interest rate environment.
Filed under: Employment, Globalization, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Middle East, oil, U.S. | Tagged: energy, GDP, IMF, Maurice Obstfeld, Middle East, oil exporters, oil prices, OPEC, Russia, sovereign wealth funds, United States, World Economic Outlook | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 29, 2016 by iMFdirect
When you drive over potholes on downtown streets, are forced to make large detours to cross rivers lacking bridges, and finally arrive to find no cell coverage, connections between the global infrastructure investment gap and your pension fund might not be the immediate thing that comes to mind. But it should, because:
- Huge pools of available assets: pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds and sovereign wealth funds sit on $100 trillion in assets. To compare: U.S. nominal GDP in the third quarter of last year was $18 trillion.
- Huge infrastructure investment gap: between $1 to 1.5 trillion per year worldwide.
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Finance, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Investment | Tagged: GDP, IMF, iMFdirect, infrastructure development, insurance, mutual funds, pension funds, private investment, public-private partnerships, sovereign wealth funds | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 26, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Rabah Arezki, Adnan Mazarei, and Ananthakrishnan Prasad
(Versions in عربي and 中文)
As a result of the oil price plunge, the major oil-exporting countries are facing budget deficits for the first time in years. The growth in the assets of their sovereign wealth funds, which were rising at a rapid rate until recently, is now slowing; some have started drawing on their buffers.
In the short run, this phenomenon is not cause for alarm. Most oil exporters have enough buffers to withstand a temporary drop in oil prices. But what will happen if low oil prices persist, and how will policymakers react?
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Asia, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Fiscal policy, growth, IMF, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Investment, Middle East | Tagged: GCC, Kuwait, MENA, Middle East, oil exporters, oil prices, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, sovereign funding, sovereign wealth funds, U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. monetary policy, United Arab Emirates | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 15, 2010 by iMFdirect
By Leslie Lipschitz
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Countries rich in natural resources are often looked at with envy: they face few financial constraints and that should speed their development path. But the reality is less rosy. Countries with an abundance of natural resources—typically oil, gas or minerals—have, on average, performed less well than comparable non-resource rich countries.
That raises one of the perennial questions in economic policymaking. How to manage the economic and social challenges that stem from resource wealth? Or, to borrow the words of Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason (University of Iceland), how to prevent “nature’s bounty” from “becoming the curse of the common people”? Continue reading
Filed under: Africa, Civil Society, International Monetary Fund, Low-income countries, Middle East | Tagged: development, distribution of profits, exchange rate regimes, exploration costs, fiscal policy, gas, good governance, High Level Seminar on Natural Resources, investment strategy, minerals, monetary policy, natural resources, oil, resource wealth, sovereign wealth funds, stable macroeconomic environment, technical assistance, training | 3 Comments »