Articles by International Monetary Fund

  • Arab Spring and Oil Prices

    September 18 2012 10:05 AM

    Crude oil prices hit a four-month high this week on the back of rising tensions in the Middle East and North Africa and the unfortunate murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Added impetus on the upside was given to oil by the announcement of more money printing (QE3) by the Federal Reserve which said it would launch an open-ended commitment to purchase $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities monthly.

  • Asian Markets Drop Amid China-Japan DisputeAsian Markets Drop Amid China-Japan Dispute

    September 18 2012 12:04 AM

    Most of the Asian markets dropped Tuesday as investor confidence was weighed down by the intensifying tensions between China and Japan and the increasing concerns over the euro zone debt crisis.

  • European Markets Fall On Euro Zone ConcernsEuropean Markets Fall On Euro Zone Concerns

    September 17 2012 3:45 AM

    European markets fell Monday as investor sentiment turned negative after fears of the debt crisis affecting the euro zone were revived undermining the optimism over the stimulus measures announced by policymakers to bolster economic growth.

  • European Markets Fall On Economic ConcernsEuropean Markets Fall On Economic Concerns

    September 11 2012 3:37 AM

    European markets fell Tuesday as investor confidence was weighed down by increasing concerns of the debt crisis affecting the euro zone.

  • Asian Stocks Fall Amid Euro Zone WorriesAsian Stocks Fall Amid Euro Zone Worries

    September 11 2012 12:07 AM

    Most of the Asian markets fell Tuesday as investors' concerns about the debt crisis affecting the euro zone were revived, undermining the optimism initially raised by the bond-buying plan announced last week by the European Central Bank.

  • IMF Chief Christine Lagarde’s Statement At APEC Leaders Summit (FULL-TEXT)IMF Chief Christine Lagarde’s Statement At APEC Leaders Summit (FULL-TEXT)

    September 10 2012 5:00 PM

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement at the opening of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit in Vladivostok, Russia on Sunday.

  • China’s August Services Activity Declines To One-Year Low: HSBC PMIChina’s August Services Activity Declines To One-Year Low: HSBC PMI

    September 05 2012 12:26 AM

    China's services activity growth declined in August to the slowest pace in a year after the recovery in July, according to the HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index released Wednesday.

  • China’s Manufacturing Activity Declines To 9-Month Low In August, Says Official PMIChina’s Manufacturing Activity Declines To 9-Month Low In August, Says Official PMI

    September 01 2012 12:28 AM

    China's manufacturing activity declined in August compared to that in the previous month, increasing concerns over a slowdown in the economic growth of the country.

  • EuroCrisis and China

    August 27 2012 4:41 AM

    Since the beginning of 2012, China's exports to the European Union (EU) have shown a significant downward trend. Experts said both EU and China are responsible for the downward trend, but the former has much influence than the latter. The Spillover Effect of the debt crisis in Europe is increasingly apparent.

  • Merkel Backs Bundesbank Chief's Rejection Of ECB Bond Buying

    August 26 2012 11:42 AM

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced support for Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann on Sunday, saying she welcomed his warnings about the handling of the euro zone debt crisis and saw his influence within the European Central Bank as positive.

  • War With Iran Could Cost Israel $42 Billion - Or A Lot MoreWar With Iran Could Cost Israel $42 Billion - Or A Lot More

    August 24 2012 5:53 AM

    Research groups say Israel may only suffer a 5 percent blow to GDP, but estimating the full cost of a war is a notoriously inaccurate undertaking.

  • European Stocks Fall On Economic ConcernsEuropean Stocks Fall On Economic Concerns

    August 24 2012 3:52 AM

    Most of the European markets fell Friday as investors were worried that the economic condition of the euro zone continued to weaken.

  • Egypt Seeks $4.8-Billion Loan From IMFEgypt Seeks $4.8-Billion Loan From IMF

    August 23 2012 7:07 AM

    The Egyptian government Wednesday sought a $4.8-billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help boost the country's economy struggling to recover from a political turmoil since last year's uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

  • European Stocks Rise On Greece OptimismEuropean Stocks Rise On Greece Optimism

    August 23 2012 3:48 AM

    European markets rose Thursday as investors were hopeful ahead of the meetings between the Greek and other euro zone leaders this week to discuss measures to tackle the economic and financial instability affecting Greece.

  • China's Manufacturing Activity Slumps To 9-Month Low In August: HSBC PMI?China's Manufacturing Activity Slumps To 9-Month Low In August: HSBC PMI?

    August 22 2012 11:43 PM

    China's manufacturing activity fell in August compared to that in July, according to the preliminary HSBC Flash Purchasing Managers Index released Thursday.

  • 'Give Me Air To Breathe': Greek PM Pleads For Time Ahead Of EU Charm Offensive'Give Me Air To Breathe': Greek PM Pleads For Time Ahead Of EU Charm Offensive

    August 22 2012 7:53 AM

    Both Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who Samaras will meet on Friday, are under enormous political pressure to act tough with Greece and are expected to offer little room for renegotiation.

  • Argentina 'Probably' In Recession, No Growth Expected This Year - ReportArgentina 'Probably' In Recession, No Growth Expected This Year - Report

    August 21 2012 1:10 PM

    Argentina, South America's third-largest economy, is "probably" in the midst of a recession and won't register meaningful growth this year amid high inflation and weak industrial output, according to a new report.

  • US Stock Futures Signal Slightly Higher Open Ahead Of Greece Reforms MeetUS Stock Futures Signal Slightly Higher Open Ahead Of Greece Reforms Meet

    August 20 2012 4:57 AM

    U.S. stock index futures point to a slightly higher open Monday as investors maintained a watchful mode waiting for decisions from meetings between Greek and European leaders this week to discuss reform measures needed to tackle the economic crisis in Greece.

  • RMB Outlook

    August 20 2012 4:33 AM

    Wang Qinwei, China economist for Capital Economics, cites a surge in foreign currency deposits in China, which on the books are classified as an outflow, as likely pressuring the central bank to sell reserves.

  • European Markets Mixed Ahead Of EU MeetingEuropean Markets Mixed Ahead Of EU Meeting

    August 20 2012 4:18 AM

    European markets were mixed Monday as investors remained watchful ahead of the meetings between the Greek and other European leaders this week to discuss measures to tackle the economic and financial instability plaguing Greece.