IMF 2011: Outlook on the global economyIMF 2011:
Outlook on the global economy

  • IMF Special Report: Europe Running out of Time

    IMF Special Report Europe Running out of Time

    Financial markets move at lightning speeds that contrast sharply with the slowness of the European political process. Whether politicians and financiers can bridge the gap in coming weeks likely to decide the fate of the euro.

  • IMF Special Report: Soros and CIC Back United Eurozone Treasury

    IMF Special Report Soros and CIC Back United Eurozone Treasury

    Financial heavyweights from both West and East, including George Soros and CIC president Gao Xiqing, urged the beleagured Eurozone to create a trans-national treasury as a necessary step toward calming its escalating sovereign debt crisis.

  • IMF Special Report: Ratings Agencies Need to be More Careful

    IMF Special Report Ratings Agencies Need to be More Careful

    Haphazard timing of downgrade announcements by the leading ratings agencies are threatening already fragile government bond markets in Europe, a senior Spanish official said on Friday.

  • IMF Special Report: The Lessons of Lehman

    IMF Special Report The Lessons of Lehman

    ‘Is this more serious than Lehman? Yes. Is this more systemic than Lehman? Yes.’ So says Larry McDonald, who was vice president of distressed debt and convertible securities at Lehman Brothers Holdings during the collapse of the firm.

  • IMF Special Report: Tunisia's Slow Road to Recovery

    IMF Special Report Tunisias Slow Road to Recovery

    Tunisia has been slowly recovering since its political and economic implosion, according to central banker Mustapha Nabli. But he has stinging criticisms of the G-8's lack of assistance.

  • IMF Special Report: Sorting Out Spain

    IMF Special Report Sorting Out Spain

    "The problem is the economy is so depressed. It is just not growing. If the problem persists long enough, Spain could face a solvency problem of its own." So says Mauro Guillen, professor of international management at Wharton.

  • IMF Special Report: BRICs Not Riding to Rescue of European Bonds

    IMF Special Report BRICs Not Riding to Rescue of European Bonds

    A few weeks ago it seemed like the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - would ride to Europe’s rescue by buying even more European bonds. At the IMF meetings, however, they seemed less eager to help out directly.

  • IMF Special Reports: "They Should Have Known Greece Was Insolvent"

    IMF Special Reports They Should Have Known Greece Was Insolvent

    Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, has some stinging criticism of the European Union's handling of the Greek crisis.

  • IMF Special Report: Desperately Seeking Leadership

    IMF Special Report Desperately Seeking Leadership

    A feeling that no one is in charge of the global economy is fostering uncertainty and undermining confidence.

  • IMF Special Report: Gradual, Stable Reform for China

    IMF Special Report Gradual Stable Reform for China

    China is determined to push a "gradual, stable, decisive" menu of financial reforms, staring with liberalization of its currency excahnge rate, deputy central bank governor Yi Gang told a seminar at the IMF/World Bank annual meeting today.

  • Despite $600bn Under Management, ADIA Reporting Short on Details

    Despite 600bn Under Management ADIA Reporting Short on Details

    The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has been ranked by Institutional Investor as the biggest sovereign wealth fund, with $600 billion under management. But its annual review - it does not call it a report - offers very few details about the vast fund's investment activities over the past year.

  • IMF Special Report: Fund Warns That Financial Risks Are Rising

    IMF Special Report Fund Warns That Financial Risks Are Rising

    The European debt crisis, the U.S debt ceiling debacle and a worldwide search by investors for yield at a time of record low interest rates have increased the risks of financial turmoil for the first time since the fall of 2008, the IMF said on Wednesday.

  • IMF Special Report: Eurozone On the Brink

    IMF Special Report Eurozone On the Brink

    In the past few days there has been evidence that intense political pressure has contributed to a change of heart in Athens.

  • New ECB Boss Mario Draghi Knows Crisis Management

    New ECB Boss Mario Draghi Knows Crisis Management

    The next boss of the European Central Bank, Italy’s Mario Draghi, knows crisis management from his days in Italy. Fortunately.

  • IMF Special Report: IMF Calls for Growth Policies

    IMF Special Report IMF Calls for Growth Policies

    Growth in the U.S. and European economies has slowed perilously close to stall speed, raising the risk of a double-dip recession, while emerging markets are losing some of their buoyancy, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

  • IMF Special Report: Averting Another ‘Lehman Moment’

    IMF Special Report Averting Another Lehman Moment

    Europe’s policymakers are struggling to contain the debt crisis on the eve of the International Monetary Fund meetings.

  • IMF Special Report: Greek Default? Bring It On

    IMF Special Report Greek Default Bring It On

    Compassion fatigue in Germany and elsewhere is on the rise. It appears increasingly likely that Greece might accommodate calls for its default, leave the euro and possibly spark an implosion of European institutions.

  • Geithner to Europe: Step Up The Pace

    Geithner to Europe Step Up The Pace

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner promised some tough love for his European Union counterparts Wednesday, saying EU leaders needed to get ahead of the markets to save the euro.

  • Sovereign Wealth Funds Starting to Embrace Transparency

    Sovereign Wealth Funds Starting to Embrace Transparency

    Sovereign wealth funds are starting to embrace transparency and finding it yields dividends at home and abroad.

  • Ireland’s Banks Take The First Step on Long Road to Recovery

    Irelands Banks Take The First Step on Long Road to Recovery

    Ireland's two remaining banks, much like Ireland's economy, have a long way to before they can be considered healthy. But Bank of Ireland for one has begun to attract investment from the likes of U.S. turnaround specialist Wilbur Ross Jr.

  • Investors Hampered by Sovereign Debt and Political Uncertainty

    Investors Hampered by Sovereign Debt and Political Uncertainty

    The drop in creditworthiness of Europe and the U.S. is curbing growth, constraining policymakers and pushing investors to rethink what they do. The new dynamics of debt and political uncertainty make it hard for investors to find value.

  • Portugal Still Could Become the Next Greece

    Portugal Still Could Become the Next Greece

    Portugal faces a tough challenge to reduce its deficit and debt. Getting its economy into competitive shape will be even harder. And some within Portugal are not sure the current path is the correct one.

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Over the next two weeks Institutional Investor will provide daily coverage of events at the IMF annual meetings as finance ministers, central bankers and financial industry executives from around the world gather in Washington to deliberate on the world’s economic challenges. Events kick off in on September 20 with the release of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, then culminate with a meeting of G-20 Finance ministers and central bank governors on Friday, September 23, and a meeting of the IMF’s policy-setting International Monetary and Financial Committee on Saturday, September 24.