• Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 18 at 2:15 PM ET (6:15pm UTC) for a LIVE press briefing with Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of the African Department, on the economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa. Watch here: Link #IMFAfrica #IMFmeetings https://t.co/Jj1g1ho2n5
    IMF Thu 17 Oct 2019 06:16
  • RT @IMFLive: .@Lipton_IMF: As Big Tech firms scale up, regulation needs to keep pace, so we can embrace the benefits offered by new actors,…
    IMF Thu 17 Oct 2019 03:20
  • IMF’s Abebe Selassie had constructive discussion on issues concerning #debt, social protection, #inequality, #growth, and taxation with CSO, academic and youth representatives from Sub-Saharan Africa participating in the #IMFMeetings as part of our fellowship program. #IMFAfrica https://t.co/TjhYgrLws3
    IMF Thu 17 Oct 2019 03:10
  • Global economic growth is expected to slow to 3% in 2019. Why is the economy slowing down, and what can countries do to support growth? Find out in the #IMFBlog #WEO Link https://t.co/JtLXNSmp0G
    IMF Thu 17 Oct 2019 02:00

    By Gita Gopinath

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    The global economy is in a synchronized slowdown and we are, once again, downgrading growth for 2019 to 3 percent, its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. Growth continues to be weakened by rising trade barriers and increasing geopolitical tensions. We estimate that the US-China trade tensions will cumulatively reduce the level of global GDP by 0.8 percent by 2020. Growth is also being weighed down by country-specific factors in several emerging market economies, and by structural forces, such as low productivity growth and aging demographics in advanced economies.

    In the October World Economic Outlook, we are projecting a modest improvement in global growth to 3.4 percent in 2020, another downward revision of 0.2 percent from our April projections. However, unlike the synchronized slowdown, this recovery is not broad-based and remains precarious.

    The weakness...

  • RT @KGeorgieva: Women carry out two more hours of daily unpaid work than men on average, according to new IMF staff research. This imbalanc…
    IMF Thu 17 Oct 2019 01:45
  • IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath on #trade at the release of the latest World Economic Outlook report #WEO Link https://t.co/JmjPXXqjjx
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 23:25
    Global growth is forecast at 3.0 percent for 2019, its lowest level since 2008–09 and a 0.3 percentage point downgrade from the April 2019 World Economic Outlook. Growth is projected to pick up to 3.4 percent in 2020 (a 0.2 percentage point downward revision compared with April), reflecting primarily a projected improvement in economic performance in a number of emerging markets in Latin America, the Middle East, and emerging and developing Europe that are under macroeconomic strain. Yet, with uncertainty about prospects for several of these countries, a projected slowdown in China and the United States, and prominent downside risks, a much more subdued pace of global activity could well materialize. To forestall such an outcome, policies should decisively aim at defusing trade tensions, reinvigorating multilateral cooperation, and providing timely support to economic activity where needed. To strengthen resilience, policymakers should address financial vulnerabilities that pose...
  • .@KGeorgieva: I see the Fund’s role as helping to build stronger economies and improve people’s lives, based on sound policies — at a townhall with civil society during the #IMFMeetings Link #AMCSO19 https://t.co/833OjZUB4Q
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 21:35

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is committed to being transparent about its work, to explaining itself, and to listening to the people whom it affects, and it engages with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Parliamentarians, Think-Tanks and Youth Leaders through information sharing, dialogue, and consultation at both the global and national level.

  • .@KGeorgieva @ CSO Townhall: I will maintain close engagement with civil society in my new role at the IMF—we may not always agree on specific policies but your views will continue to be heard and considered in our policy discussions Link #AMCSO19 #IMFMeetings https://t.co/NZhEsyfG4B
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 21:25

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is committed to being transparent about its work, to explaining itself, and to listening to the people whom it affects, and it engages with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Parliamentarians, Think-Tanks and Youth Leaders through information sharing, dialogue, and consultation at both the global and national level.

  • IMF’s Tao Zhang: The #SDDS subscription is an important milestone for Saudi Arabia ahead of #G20 presidency. I congratulate the authorities for their commitment to data transparency and adoption of international best practices in statistics. #IMFMeetings https://t.co/1GlBbbJPyH
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 20:15
  • Watch LIVE: Presentations by Somali Finance Minister @DrBeileh and Zimbabwe Finance Minister Ncube @MthuliNcube, followed by a panel discussion with @AlsoswaAmat, Nazanin Ash, and Timothy Besley on October 17 at 10:30 am ET. Link #FragileStates #IMFCapDev https://t.co/gqeqJ94lPt
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 20:05

    This one-on-one conversation will focus on the macro-criticality of gender equality, including the need to increase the presence of women at the highest levels of decision-making, and how to address barriers to women’s career growth, such as unpaid work and how it influences women’s decisions to enter the labor market.

    This event is hosted in conjunction with Her Power, an inaugural global women's summit hosted by Foreign Policy in collaboration with IMF and the OAS.

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    Join the conversation via #IMFGender #GenderEquality #HerPower2019

  • LIVE STREAM STARTING NOW: IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath shares the stage with our 2 F&D essay contest winners to discuss global inequality: Link | @CNBC
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 19:50

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  • RT @imfcapdev: IMF’s Grasso: Countries need strong economic institutions, so they can: ?? Tackle key policy challenges ?? Boost #economic…
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 19:20
  • RT @imf_podcast: Low interest rates support economic growth but come at a cost, says latest #GFSR. Listen to the @imf_podcast https://t.co…
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 19:05
  • The lower-for-longer rate environment gives emerging markets easy access to financing, but it also encourages an excessive buildup of debt. #GFSR Link https://t.co/brDFJLa3Yz
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 18:45

    The October 2019 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) identifies the current key vulnerabilities in the global financial system as the rise in corporate debt burdens, increasing holdings of riskier and more illiquid assets by institutional investors, and growing reliance on external borrowing by emerging and frontier market economies. The report proposes that policymakers mitigate these risks through stricter supervisory and macroprudential oversight of firms, strengthened oversight and disclosure for institutional investors, and the implementation of prudent sovereign debt management practices and frameworks for emerging and frontier market economies.

  • Low yields prompt investors to seek riskier investments to meet their return targets. This could have a negative impact on financial stability #GFSR Link https://t.co/EjKF0crBda
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 18:00

    The October 2019 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) identifies the current key vulnerabilities in the global financial system as the rise in corporate debt burdens, increasing holdings of riskier and more illiquid assets by institutional investors, and growing reliance on external borrowing by emerging and frontier market economies. The report proposes that policymakers mitigate these risks through stricter supervisory and macroprudential oversight of firms, strengthened oversight and disclosure for institutional investors, and the implementation of prudent sovereign debt management practices and frameworks for emerging and frontier market economies.

  • STARTING NOW, tune in for the latest on how central banks are taking action to curb #ClimateChange with @KGeorgieva @1sakhtar @ecb's Philip Lane & @bundesbank's Sabine Mauderer along with moderator @gilliantett. Send questions via #ClimateFinance Link
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 17:45

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  • What are the factors behind the synchronized slowdown in global growth and how can policymakers address current challenges? Watch live IMF Chief @KGeorgieva tomorrow at 12pm for a deep dive conversation on the global economy. Link #GlobalEcon #IMFmeetings https://t.co/goA8DHKZzr
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 17:15
    Escalating trade tensions are taking a toll on the global economy and have spread into sensitive areas like technology and currencies. Many central banks have appropriately lowered interest rates, but there are limits with this strategy. What other options do policymakers have? 

    Join the conversation via #GlobalEcon

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  • Fiscal policy is at the center of economic policy debates today. Catch up on all the latest news, watch the press conference with Vitor Gaspar. #FiscalMonitor Link #IMFmeetings Link
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 17:05

    This report emphasizes the environmental, fiscal, economic, and administrative case for using carbon taxes, or similar pricing schemes such as emission trading systems, to implement climate mitigation strategies. It provides a quantitative framework for understanding their effects and trade-offs with other instruments and applies it to the largest advanced and emerging economies. Alternative approaches, like “feebates” to impose fees on high polluters and give rebates to cleaner energy users, can play an important role when higher energy prices are difficult politically. At the international level, the report calls for a carbon price floor arrangement among large emitters, designed flexibly to accommodate equity considerations and constraints on national policies. The report estimates the consequences of carbon pricing and redistribution of its revenues for inequality across households. Strategies for enhancing the political acceptability of carbon pricing are discussed, along...

  • RT @IMFLive: IMF’s Zhang: #SocialSpending is one of the most important policy tools. We cannot afford for it to be an afterthought when it…
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 16:55
  • Vulnerabilities in global financial system could magnify economic impact of shocks such as an intensification of trade tensions #GFSR Link
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 16:45

    By Tobias Adrian and Fabio Natalucci

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    The pace of global economic activity remains weak, and financial markets expect rates to stay lower for longer than anticipated in early 2019. Financial conditions have eased even more, helping contain downside risks and support the global economy in the near term. But loose financial conditions come at a cost: they encourage investors to take more chances in a quest for higher returns, so risks to financial stability and growth remain high in the medium term.

    The latest edition of our Global Financial Stability Report highlights elevated vulnerabilities in the corporate and non-bank financial sectors in several large economies. These and other weak spots could amplify the impact of a shock, such as an intensification of trade t ensions or a no-deal Brexit, posing a threat to economic growth.

    This situation poses a dilemma for policymakers. On the one...

  • After many years of low interest rates, global corporate debt has reached historical high. The amount of risky debt is worrisome. #GFSR Link https://t.co/6DbbOoaIWo
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 16:05

    The October 2019 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) identifies the current key vulnerabilities in the global financial system as the rise in corporate debt burdens, increasing holdings of riskier and more illiquid assets by institutional investors, and growing reliance on external borrowing by emerging and frontier market economies. The report proposes that policymakers mitigate these risks through stricter supervisory and macroprudential oversight of firms, strengthened oversight and disclosure for institutional investors, and the implementation of prudent sovereign debt management practices and frameworks for emerging and frontier market economies.

  • STARTING NOW: A conversation on helping countries strengthen #SocialSpending. How can countries raise more resources for social spending? Link Tune in: Link #IMFmeetings
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 15:35
    Social spending is a key ingredient for fostering inclusive growth and stable societies. How can countries raise more resources for social spending and make the most of the scarce resources they have? And are there best practices when it comes to making sure that social spending is adequate, efficient and financially sustainable?

    Join the conversation via #SocialSpending

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  • RT @IMFLive: IMF’s Adrian: The overall resilience of the banking sector has improved. Thanks to stricter regulation and supervision since t…
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 15:05
  • Watch LIVE @DavidMarcus, co-creator of @Libra_, @NandanNilekani, co-founder of @Infosys, @BankOfEngland’s Mark Carney and @JasonFurman discuss big tech’s role in the future of finance. Link #IMFmeetings #NewEcon #fintech Link
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 14:55
    Big Tech are entering Fintech. They bring technology, deep pockets, massive networks, mountains of data, and great user experiences. But also risks. Can they reshape banking and finance? We ask Big Tech, banks, and regulators to look into the future.

    Join the conversation via #NewEcon #Fintech

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  • [LIVE NOW] A conversation about technology and the future of finance. Tune in: Link Link #IMFmeetings #NewEcon #fintech
    IMF Wed 16 Oct 2019 14:05
    Big Tech are entering Fintech. They bring technology, deep pockets, massive networks, mountains of data, and great user experiences. But also risks. Can they reshape banking and finance? We ask Big Tech, banks, and regulators to look into the future.

    Join the conversation via #NewEcon #Fintech

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